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How to Make Black Food Coloring

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Black food coloring can be hard to find in stores. Luckily, you can prepare your own black food coloring right at home.

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To make black food coloring, add equal parts of red, blue, and green food coloring to your recipe. Stir the food coloring into the dish until it's a dark gray color. If it's not dark enough, add a couple more drops of each color. If you're making frosting, you can also stir in black cocoa powder until the frosting looks black.For tips on fixing your food coloring if it looks green or purple instead of black, keep reading!

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Mixing Food Coloring

  1. Buy red, blue, and green food coloring.You can mix these colors to make a dark grey, which is about as close as you can get without buying black food coloring.
    • If you're making icing or frosting, use gel or paste food coloring. Liquid food coloring is less intense and can make the icing runny.
  2. Mix in cocoa powder (for white frosting only).The end result is always better when you start with a dark recipe. If you're using white frosting, you can fix this by mixing in cocoa powder, one spoonful at a time.
    • Black cocoa powder gives the best result, but ordinary cocoa powder should work fine for this method.
    • If you skip this step, you'll need to use much more food coloring, which can affect the taste and texture.
  3. Add equal amounts of red, blue and green to your recipe.Start with just a couple drops of each color, stirring them in well. Repeat until the mixture darkens to a deep grey, always adding equal amounts of the color.
    • You can use yellow instead of green, but the lighter color makes it more difficult to achieve black.
  4. Adjust the color.If you see hints of other colors in the grey, make these adjustments:
    • If it looks green, add more red.
    • If it looks purple, add more green.
    • Make all adjustments one drop at a time, stirring thoroughly between each drop.
  5. Wait for the final color.Most food coloring will deepen in buttercream and fade slightly in royal and boiled icing.If you are making the latter type of icing, consider adding the color a half hour before serving to minimize the fading.
    • In some regions, chemicals in the water can change the color. Buttercream usually has a more reliable color when made with milk instead.
    • Keep the recipe away from direct light and heat, which can cause fading.

Using Natural Ingredients

  1. Mix black cocoa powder into cake batter.This special type of cocoa powder, labeled "black" or "ultra Dutch processed," has a darker color and more mild taste than regular cocoa. This will make a deep black cake with a chocolatey flavor. When replacing ordinary cocoa powder, make the following changes to the recipe:
    • Add a little extra fat (butter or oil).
    • Use 1 tsp (5mL) baking powder instead of each ¼ tsp (1.25mL) baking soda.
  2. Add squid ink to savory dishes.This has a briny taste and is not suitable for sweets or desserts. This is mostly used to color pasta, rice, or savory sauces. For the most intense color, mix it into homemade pasta dough (replacing the salt and a little of the liquid ingredients). For a faster but less consistent method, add the ink to the water while the pasta or rice is boiling. Stir ink into the sauce as well for a more dramatic look.
    • Fishmongers sometimes sell this, but you may need to ask at several stores.
    • Add squid ink in small quantities. It is quite salty and can taste of iodine in large quantities.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Where can I buy black food coloring?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can find it on Amazon.
  • Question
    How can I make black lipstick?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    An easy way it just to apply black eyeliner to your lips as you would a lip liner, filling in the lips completely. Be sure to sharpen the eyeliner to avoid bacterial cross-contamination. Another idea is to mix 2 tbsps of peel-off mask with 8 drops of black food coloring and apply it to your lips.
  • Question
    How do I make black buttercream?
    Community Answer
    It is simple - after you have got your buttercream, you add a pinch of black food coloring powder or you put two or three drops of a liquid food coloring into your buttercream. Then you mix it together for about a minute.
  • Question
    I used 1.5 ounces of Wilton black paste icing color to three batches of buttercream icing. I got hunter green. How can I make this true black?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Add more color.
  • Question
    I need to make black icing with liquid food coloring. I have red, blue, green and yellow and need to know how to make the icing. Any suggestions?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Check out one of our other articles. There will probably be one recipe on icing.
  • Question
    What 2 colors do I use to make gold?
    Community Answer
    Add about 10 drops of yellow to your mixing dish, and add one drop of red. If it resembles orange, add more yellow. If it is too light, add more red. Continue until you reach the desired hue.
  • Question
    How do I make black clay?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Get some clay and add the black food coloring you made in this recipe.
  • Question
    Does hot chocolate powder work instead of cocoa powder?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This does work with mine. I did add a little more red than any other colors.
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  • If you'd rather buy food coloring, some specialty baking stores may sell black food coloring.
  • Black walnut shells can be boiled to make a dark brown or black dye to decorate eggshells.Eating the dye may be harmful, so do not use it as a food coloring.The juice will stain skin, clothing, and anything it touches.
  • Mix 3 drops of each color at first then stir thoroughly and if it turns green add more red and stir thoroughly.


  • Don't use squid ink if you have seafood allergies.
  • There is some debate about whether squid ink is vegetarian or not. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you may want to avoid it.

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