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Baking with Activated Charcoal: Benefits and Tips for Beginners

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Are you curious about using activated charcoal powder in your baking? This black powder is becoming increasingly popular in the baking world due to its unique benefits. In this article, we’ll explore what activated charcoal is, whether it’s safe to use in baking, and how it can enhance your baked goods.


What is Activated Charcoal Powder?

Activated charcoal powder is a fine, odourless, and tasteless black powder that is made is made by heating carbon-rich materials such as coconut shells to a high temperature. The activation process involves exposing the charcoal to high temperatures, which creates tiny pores that trap toxins and impurities. These pores also make activated charcoal highly absorbent, making it useful for a variety of purposes, including medicine, cosmetics, and yes, baking.


Is it Safe to Use?

BAKING WITH FLAVA Activated Charcoal Ice Cream

The short answer is yes, if you’re using food-grade activated charcoal. This type of charcoal has been specifically processed and purified for food use. It’s important to note that activated charcoal can interfere with the absorption of certain medications, so if you’re taking any medications, consult with your doctor before consuming.


What are the Benefits of Baking with Activated Charcoal?

One of the primary benefits of baking with activated charcoal is its striking appearance. It gives baked goods a dramatic black colour that’s sure to impress. But beyond its look’s, activated charcoal has some health benefits as well. It is known for its detoxifying properties and ability to absorb harmful substances in the body. When added to desserts, it can help to purify the body and aid in digestion. However, scientific evidence supporting these claims is limited.


How to Use Activated Charcoal in Baking

Halloween Slime Cake

When using activated charcoal powder in baking, it’s important to start with a small amount and gradually increase until you achieve the desired colour. Too much can lead to an unpleasant flavour and texture. A general rule of thumb is to use no more than 1-2 teaspoons of activated charcoal powder per cup of flour.

Activated charcoal is a dry powder, so it’s important to mix it with your dry ingredients before adding any liquids. Be prepared for some mess, as it can be quite messy and may stain surfaces and clothing. You may also need to adjust your baking time and temperature to account for the changes in colour.


Activated charcoal can be a fun and unique addition to your baking arsenal. It’s safe to use in moderation and can add a striking black colour to your baked goods, like it did in our Halloween Charcoal Slime Cake. As with any new ingredient, it’s important to start with small amounts and gradually increase until you achieve the desired effect. Happy baking with activated charcoal!

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