How to Achieve Dark Buttercream Colors

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Creating beautifully vibrant and deep colors in buttercream can elevate the presentation of any cake or dessert. In this guide, we explore an effective technique using the microwave to achieve rich hues without compromising the buttercream's consistency. Whether you're preparing for a special occasion or simply want to enhance your baking skills, mastering this method will allow you to confidently decorate cakes with intense, professional-looking colors.
How to Achieve Dark Buttecream Colors

Learn How to Achieve Dark Buttercream Colors - Microwave Method

Click below to watch our video tutorial and learn how to achieve vibrant dark buttercream colors using the microwave method!


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 6 oz High Ratio Shortening
  • 4.5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3-4 TBSP. Milk


1. Mix butter and shortening until well combined. 2. Scrape down the bowl and add the vanilla or flavoring of choice. 3. Add powdered sugar in half cup increments. 4.When the frosting starts to become thick, add a tablespoon of milk. 5. Continue alternating the powdered sugar and milk. 6. Once all of the ingredients are added, scrape down the bowl then mix on medium-high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy.

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