How to Make Black Icing

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How to Make Black Icing
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 5 min
  • Servings 2

A spooky black icing perfect for Halloween! MORE+ LESS-

Updated March 7, 2017


cup unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
tube black gel food coloring
can (16 oz) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy frosting (flavor or your choice, chocolate works best)


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  • 1
    Gather your ingredients.
  • 2
    Scoop the frosting out into a bowl with enough room for mixing.
  • 3
    Start with 1 tsp. of black food coloring gel. You can also add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder if using vanilla (I did not do this due to family preference).
  • 4
    Stir the frosting and assess if you want it darker. If using vanilla frosting you will probably have to add more unless you are happy with dark gray.
  • 5
    Use to frost cake or cupcakes of your choice.

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More About This Recipe

  • 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. 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!

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