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tips on how to make black frosting like the icing on this black cake
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The Secret To Making Inky, Jet Black Frosting

Whether you’re making goth cupcakes or a chic cake, you’ll want to know these tips from experienced bakers.

Before you go ham on the food coloring, you need to start with the magic ingredient in your frosting recipe: cocoa powder. It’s the perfect tinted base to layer black gel coloring (way more saturated than liquid) to achieve an inky, truly black hue.

“The best base to use for black icing is chocolate — you can use regular cocoa powder to make it, but I love to use black cocoa powder in a chocolate buttercream recipe,” Elizabeth Nelson, Wilton Test Kitchen Director tells Romper.Wilton