To colour the icing black, I use cocoa and the Brauns-Heitmann food colourings in blue and purple. And just like that you have black icing—without any azo dyes!

Colouring icing black

1. Ingredients: Icing sugar, a little water, cocoa powder (“baking cocoa”), Brauns-Heitmann food colourings in blue and purple.

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2. Mix 50 g (approx. 3 tbsp) of icing sugar with 1½ tsp of cocoa.

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3. Now dissolve 1½ tsp of blue food colouring and one sachet of purple food colouring in 4 tsp of water and stir into the icing sugar mixture.

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4. Stir the mixture until all colour crystals have dissolved and the black icing has an even, shiny finish.

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5. Now you can get creative by using the black icing to decorate your biscuits and cakes.

Tip:

Do not make your black icing too thin, or it may take on a bluish appearance.

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