A secret ingredient turns delicious buttercream frosting deep black without dyes or food coloring- perfect for halloween treats.
Halloween is one of my very favorite times of the year and I am so happy that it’s here again! I love all of the spooky decorations, fun pumpkins, black and white everywhere, and yummy halloween treats. One thing I don’t love is the black frosting on cakes, cookies, and cupcakes that turn your teeth (and everything else) black and gets E V E R Y W H E R E.
This year I wanted to find an alternative so I did a little research. I am super picky about frosting, and I really dislike most of them. I knew I wanted my black frosting to be a buttercream because it’s flavor is so much better than the other sickly sweet frostings. I read about a secret ingredient that produces a rich, deep black color and uses zero food coloring or dyes. I didn’t believe it until I tried it, but it’s true!
The secret ingredient is black cocoa (found here)! It starts out a deep brown but when added to frosting and exposed to the air, it turns a deep, jet black. So far, I have used it on cupcakes and a cake and I am in love! Not only is it a beautiful, deep black color, but the flavor is incredible. It is so rich and delicious.
It definitely has a unique flavor- more dark chocolate- so you can always try half black cocoa and half regular cocoa if it is too strong for your taste. I really love it just the way it is though.
I hope you enjoy making this yummy black buttercream! You will love it! I wouldn’t say it has zero mess, but my littles have been loving their halloween treats and their mouths and clothes haven’t been dyed black. It licks clean instead of staining their little hands- win, win.
Black Buttercream Frosting
A rich and delicious deep black buttercream frosting with no food coloring or dyes.
- 1 cup salted butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup black cocoa **see link below
- 3-6 tblsp. whole milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
Beat butter in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add black cocoa and powdered sugar and begin to mix. Add 3 tablespoons whole milk and beat until smooth. Add additional 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until it reaches desired thickness. Mix in vanilla.
**You can find the black cocoa HERE.