Black Buttercream frosting on cupcakes

Make perfect black buttercream that is super tasty.

Black buttercreams are stunning and add a different mood to the celebration whether it is the retro themed party or an old-school reunion. Making a black buttercream is easy but getting it perfect can be tricky without using food color. Using too much of it can turn the color gray and the result will be a nasty bitter product. Here is a guide to make perfect black buttercream that is super tasty and firm to decorate on your cakes.
● Butter
● Powdered sugar
● Heavy cream
● Vanilla extract
● Cocoa powder (or melted chocolate)
● Black food coloring
How to make the perfect black buttercream?
If you are hands on with making a basic buttercream, then this recipe should be a cakewalk for you.

butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl being mixed with a hand mixer

Step 1: Mix softened butter and powdered sugar in a bowl until smooth. Mix on a low speed using a stand mixer and then slowly increase speed.

Butter and sugar mixture in a bowl, a person is adding vanilla extract to the mix and using a hand mixture to combine

Step 2: Add heavy cream and vanilla extract. Continue mixing on medium to high speed for 8 mins.

A chef adding salt to a bowl

Step 3: Once the mixture turns light and creamy, add a pinch of salt.

Cocoa powder being added to a mixing bowl

Step 4: Add cocoa powder and beat to combine.

A person is adding food coloring to a bowl

Step 5: Add a few drops of black food coloring and beat well.

At this stage, the color of buttercream will begin to surface. You can add a few more drops if the buttercream is not dark enough. Remember that the color intensifies over time. Hence, let the buttercream sit in the fridge for 30-60 minutes and then add as necessary till you achieve the desired consistency.

Black buttercream in a bowl with a whisk

How to store black buttercream?

You can store the buttercream in the fridge for upto 5 days. Bring it down to room temperature before using it.

So, there you have it. An easy to make at home recipe to get the perfectly creamy and fluffy black buttercream. Planning to try it soon? Let us know how it went.