Whether for cupcakes, cookies, brownies, or cakes, chocolate frosting is a delicious addition. However, you may have wondered, can you color chocolate frosting?
Traditionally, most people just use vanilla frosting as a base for making colored frosting since it is white. This allows you to make whatever colors you want. However, you can use chocolate frosting to make certain colors as well.
Chocolate frosting can be great for making darker colors. Since it is already brown, you don’t have to use as much food coloring to achieve a dark color. This allows you to have a wonderful chocolate taste in different colors, without any after-taste from too much food coloring.
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Types of Food Coloring
Can You Color Chocolate Frosting?
Can You Color Chocolate Frosting?
When it comes to food coloring, there are several different types. The most common type is traditional liquid food coloring or liquid dye. It is inexpensive and is often made with synthetic dye in a water base. Typically, it is sold in small dropper bottles and can be found at grocery, craft, and superstores.
Liquid gel dye is similar to traditional food coloring. It consists of synthetic coloring with a base of water, as well as glycerin or corn syrup. Like traditional food coloring, it’s sold in small dropper bottles. It is much more concentrated than liquid dye and a few drops go a long way.
Gel paste dye is a popular choice among professional bakers and it is typically sold in small pots or jars. Similar to liquid gel dye, it is made from synthetic coloring with water, glycerin, or corn syrup base. Since it is a paste, it is very thick and there is not much room for trial and error when using it.
For those not wanting to use synthetic dyes, natural food coloring is also available. They are free of any glycerin or corn syrup and are sold in small dropper bottles. The color typically comes from plants and vegetables such as saffron turmeric, carrot juice, and beets.
Lastly, there is also powdered dye. It comes in jars and is a completely dry powder. It is great to use in recipes that are sensitive to liquid.
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Making Black Frosting with Chocolate Buttercream
Most people avoid black frosting because it has so much food coloring in it to achieve such a dark color. However, if you start out with chocolate buttercream instead of vanilla, you won’t need to add nearly as much food coloring.
Start by adding a few drops of black food coloring at once and mix them into your chocolate frosting. If it is still not black enough, add more food coloring until you reach your desired shade. Let the frosting sit for 20-30 minutes, as this allows the food coloring to become more saturated into the chocolate buttercream, producing a darker color.
Making Red Frosting with Chocolate Buttercream
For a gorgeous, dark red coloring, chocolate buttercream makes a wonderful base. The brown coloring from the chocolate buttercream with red food coloring creates a deep, dark-hued red.
To make red frosting, start by adding about five drops of red food coloring to your chocolate frosting and mix. If it is still not red enough, add a few more drops of red food coloring. You can also add some melted chocolate into the frosting to give it a darker color.
If you are wanting a burgundy frosting, start out with a chocolate frosting and add purple food coloring. Start with a chocolate frosting that is dark in color and add five drops of purple food coloring at a time, stirring after each addition. You may also add a few drops of red food coloring to reach the desired shade of burgundy.
Making Dark Purple Frosting with Chocolate Buttercream
Dark purple is another beautiful color you can make with chocolate frosting. Start out by using a chocolate buttercream with less cocoa powder so it has lighter color. Then, add three drops of purple food coloring at a time until you reach your desired color, stirring after each addition.
You can also add a couple of drops of blue food coloring as well. This can help give the purple frosting a lovely jewel tone.
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Chocolate frosting can be a great base for adding food coloring. It can create beautiful colors like black, red, burgundy, and dark purple. The great thing about starting with chocolate is that it requires less food coloring, so you don’t have to worry about affecting the taste.
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