I feel like I search, and search, and search and just never find what I’m looking for some days. You know, like the perfect couch for your new living room? And then you decide to just buy a comfy couch and reupholster it yourself because “Yeah! I can DIY this!”. (That may or may not have been me this very evening much to my husband’s chagrin.)
Yes, this does in fact relate to cake. Because I’ve been on that exact endless, painful, head-banging-against-the-wall journey trying to find the best deep dark chocolate flavored and colored buttercream that doesn’t require entire bottles of super black food color gel. You know how that turns out. All over everything, staining lips and teeth making everyone look like paupers from the 1100’s, ruining kids clothing indefinitely… Not to mention the awful taste that much food color leaves in your sweet buttercream.
Nope. Not good enough.
And just using cocoa powder isn’t always the solution since it can be too brown or red-ish in the end.
*sigh* What is a baking gal to do?
Make it herself, of course, like the sofa she reluctantly settled on.
There were two things I wanted out of this frosting: rich, unmistakable chocolate flavor and a deep brown/black color that would require little-to-no extra food coloring.
Mission accomplished 🙂 I paired it with my Blackout Chocolate Cake recipe for my son’s birthday and it was divine!!! I dare say this would even be amazing with brownies. Heaven help me, with brownies! A delicate, home-style yellow butter cake would be incredible with this black cocoa frosting as well.
And the secret ingredient is *insert awkward finger on the table drum roll here*: Cocoa Noir – also called black cocoa. It’s as dutched as it gets and I’ve not seen such a dark cocoa before myself. I’m in love!!! I did add some black food color to my recipe because I added a bit of extra confectioners’ suagr and it lightened things up quite a bit. But I didn’t need much. Not like turning white fondant black.
Enjoy this recipe. It’s fan-flippin-tabulous, if I do say so myself! 🙂