Black icing is easy to make and a fun decorating twist for your cakes and cupcakes!
When I was growing up, if you wanted black icing on your cake you had to make your own. It usually turned into an experiment gone wrong, leaving me with a greenish-purple mess that kinda sorta (but not really) looked black. So I am more than happy that nowadays food dye makers make black food coloring that actually looks BLACK….awesomesauce!
The easiest way to make black icing is to start with a chocolate frosting base, as you are already starting dark. I, however, had kiddos that voted for vanilla frosting, which can work, it just takes a lot more food coloring. So if you are a fan of less food coloring, convince your people to start with chocolate. If you only have vanilla frosting in the house you can add 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to it before adding the food coloring.
To make black icing, it couldn’t be easier:
Gather your ingredients.
Scoop the frosting out into a bowl with enough room for mixing.
Start with 1 teaspoon of black food coloring gel. (If you’re starting with vanilla frosting you can also add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder.)
Stir the frosting and assess if you want it darker.
If using vanilla frosting you'll probably have to add more, otherwise your frosting will be more of a dark gray than black.
Place into a piping bag with a tip of your choice. Pipe or spread the frosting onto cupcakes or cake.
Add decoration of your choice such as sprinkles, candy corn, or ghost shaped marshmallows for a Halloween treat! Perfect for "over the hill" birthday parties as well!