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Easy Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until light and creamy, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Sift together sugar and cocoa powder. Add it to the butter along with the milk and vanilla. Beat on low for 1 minute.
  3. Add the salt and beat on high for 1 additional minute.
  4. TIP: Add 1/4 cup of icing sugar for a creamier frosting or thin the icing out by adding more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week. If using refrigerated, bring to room temperature then whip up again before use.
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Fluffy buttercream frosting made with icing sugar, cocoa powder, butter, milk and vanilla…

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    5 MIN
  • 3 C SERVINGS
Easy Chocolate Frosting

An EASY CHOCOLATE FROSTING recipe that’s, well, easy!

Creamy buttercream frosting is just the thing to help dress up a favourite cake, jellyroll or cupcakes, so this is one of those essential recipes that anyone who loves making desserts always has at the ready. The nice thing about this recipe is that it actually combines two of my favourite things: buttercream frosting and chocolate.

Make this recipe once to discover how easy and exceptionally flavourful it is, then remember to keep it ready for future use. PIN it to a favourite Pinterest dessert, cake or baking board. You’ll be making it again and again, guaranteed.

Here’s how to make our EASY CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

Ingredients for Easy Chocolate Frosting

THE SIX

If there was a contest for the top ingredients that belong together, these six might win. That’s right friends, you can make this frosting using just six readily available ingredients. Two things to note: we made this recipe using unsalted butter, as we do with all recipes on this site, and used cocoa powder.

Don’t confuse it with “instant cocoa mix” which is a sweetened product used to make hot chocolate. Cocoa powder is a richly flavoured extract from cocoa beans. Head HERE to read the Wiki article about it.

Unsalted butter at room temperature

BUTTER

Speaking from experience, save yourself the hassle and only make this recipe with butter that’s resting at room temperature. I usually bring the butter out of the fridge at least six hours before making this frosting. It whips up quickly and easily, eliminating the guessing game of, “Is it soft and fluffy enough yet?”

Cocoa powder and icing sugar sifted together

SIFT WORK

I have a very clear memory of being a tiny tyke corralled into helping my mom bake. Fetching baking trays, bundt and cake pans was often a good task, as was measuring dry ingredients. One thing that has stayed with me all these years was sifting, where my mom had me running dry ingredients through a sifter to remove lumps and combine ingredients together evenly.

Sifting the icing (confectioners’) sugar and cocoa powder together is an important step when making this frosting recipe. It eliminates lumps and ensures the finished confection is an even, creamy frosting.

Easy Chocolate Frosting on the paddle of the stand mixer

GOOD USE

We know you’ll find lots of ways to put this EASY CHOCOLATE FROSTING to good use. You can use it to decorate our EASY CHOCOLATE SLAB RECIPE or pipe it onto your favourite cupcake. 

Moist and tender homemade Easy Chocolate Slab recipe

We especially like how forgiving it is. You can make it and frost your cake hours later, or refrigerate it and simply whip it up to use days later. Every good cake deserves a good frosting, right? This one is it!

Now, if cakes and dessert ideas brought you here, there’s more great ideas at hand. You may also enjoy our COCONUT CAKE or our really beautiful LEMON JELLY ROLL. You’ll also find a full list of all the cakes on our website (frosted and not) in our PIECE OF CAKE COLLECTION!

Easy to work and wonderfully flavourful, try our EASY CHOCOLATE FROSTING!

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Easy Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, room temperature
  • cups of icing (confectioners') sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons homogenized milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until light and creamy, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Sift together sugar and cocoa powder. Add it to the butter along with the milk and vanilla. Beat on low for 1 minute.
  3. Add the salt and beat on high for 1 additional minute.
  4. TIP: Add 1/4 cup of icing sugar for a creamier frosting or thin the icing out by adding more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week. If using refrigerated, bring to room temperature then whip up again before use.

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