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Chocolate frosting recipe

Chocolate frosting recipe

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  • Buttercream icing
  • Chocolate buttercream

This is a deliciously rich chocolate frosting. It's the perfect frosting for decorating cakes, cupcakes, muffins or fairy cakes. This recipe is enough to spread onto 24 cupcakes, if you want to pipe the frosting, you will need to double the recipe.

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IngredientsMakes: 1 .2 kg

  • 170g unsalted butter, softened
  • 900g icing sugar, sieved
  • 80ml milk
  • 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • additional milk, if required

MethodPrep:10min ›Ready in:10min

  1. In either a stand mixer or using a big bowl and a wooden spoon, cream together the butter and cocoa powder.
  2. Add half of the icing sugar and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla, beat until well mixed and then add the remaining sugar. Beat well.
  4. If you need to thin the consistency for spreading, add extra milk if required.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(2)

Reviews in English (2)

Was a very stiff mix so had to add a lot more milk than suggested. We got there in the end. Very tasty.-21 Apr 2013

I adjusted just a little by adding 2 bars of melted dark Bournville chocolate with this recipe. Was lovely and had a good review from people.-07 Sep 2017


Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Truly the most perfect Chocolate Frosting Recipe I’ve ever made! See how glossy and perfect it is. It’s the best, and you must try it!

This is a non-traditional frosting recipe. It’s warmed on the stove, and it has sour cream in it! There is no powdered sugar in this recipe (only granulated white sugar). It’s rich and delicious!

I love the look of the smooth and shiny frosting. It isn’t a frosting recipe that is meant to pipe on to cakes or cupcakes. Plan to spread it on and enjoy the smooth and shiny texture.

Turns out I’ve been messing around with cake and frosting recipes this week. Cake is awesome… especially on Tuesdays. You see, Tuesday is my Weigh-In Day for my weight loss challenge. So basically I get to weigh myself in the morning and then bake to my heart’s content (aka cheat big-time) in the afternoon. Then all is back to normal on Wednesday and into the following week. Does that sound like a good plan?? I figure you can’t be perfect 100% of the time. Otherwise, you set yourself up for failure.

So cheating by making a fabulous yellow cake with the best chocolate frosting is totally worth it.

This chocolate frosting used on this cake is AMAZING. It’s shiny and smooth and perfect, and it glides on just right. I’m not even that crazy about chocolate, but I am in love with this chocolate frosting recipe. It’s perfect for a two-layer cake, and it would frost about 36 cupcakes.

It’s important to note that it’s a very soft and slick frosting. The instructions given are to prepare the frosting and then chill it in the refrigerator until the consistency is just right. You don’t want to add it to your cake when it’s not quite thick enough or you might get a cake that is slipping and sliding!

Make yourself a cake today so you can try out this awesome chocolate frosting recipe. Enjoy!


Recipe Summary

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 pound best-quality semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Combine cocoa and the boiling water, stirring until cocoa has dissolved. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, and salt until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the cocoa mixture. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 5 days, or frozen up to 1 month, in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth again.


Reviews ( 13 )

I wish there was a zero star option. This recipe is absolutely disgusting! The icing turns into water when sitting out. The fridge will not even stop it from turning into a liquid. It has to be in the freezer constantly, yum frozen solid cake!

Tasted good but would absolutely not whip up. Gave up after 30 mins of beating and just ate floppy runny frosting.

thought this recipient would be groundbreaking, but apparently commenters are just mean. i made this dish for my parents for valentines, they’re ALREADY fighting, and the absolutely fucking horrendous frosting only made it worse.

Want to know how to confuse a cook? Use three different measurements when asking for butter (stick, ounces, tablespoons). Delicious recipe, though!

Totally different than any frosting I’ve made before. It was absolutely delicious. Now. I read a few reviews/comments and was baffled by two that I saw. One said how much water? And the other said where is the flour? What the H! Folks, if you read the recipe and follow it to the letter and maybe set yourself a 5 minute timer, you will see it begins to come together by the end of the five minutes. Then just continue to beat (I used beaters) until it comes to the consistency you are looking for. I did add some expresso granules to the cream and sugar mixture. This was super easy and tasty, not too sweet. Just follow the recipe, it’s not rocket science.

This is the BEST light and fluffy frosting, and it will be my new go-to recipe! It’s a whipped cream type of frosting, so it’s texture is light, but sturdy enough for piping, and it tastes a bit like mousse that isn’t super sweet. Like another older reviewer said, I started wondering if it would thicken properly in the ice bowl. Once I got it to the consistency of a thick pudding that I thought wouldn’t work, I removed the bowl from the ice and, voila, like magic, the consistency suddenly changed! It’s a perfect and beautiful frosting! (Now I need to practice my decorating skills!)

is it possible to have the recipe in UK measurements please?

This frosting is INSANELY good and easy. Not too sweet, but with a very intense chocolate flavor thanks to the use of unsweetened baking chocolate (NOT cocoa powder). I have never liked any other chocolate frosting recipe I have tried, and I have never seen a technique like this one which is what led me to try it. I thought I did something wrong when it felt like no matter how long I beat it it wouldn't thicken to the "right" consistency, but after letting it sit for about 10-15 minutes, it became perfect icing consistency.I made this for a cake last night, and 24 hours later the icing still looks (and tastes) perfect. This would taste divine with some espresso, hazelnuts, orange. the possibilities are endless. Thank you thank you.


Do I really have to sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder?

No, not at all. Cocoa powder is notoriously lumpy and it definitely helps to sift, but not totally necessary. Most of you making this recipe aren’t professionals and might not even have a sifter available to you, which is fine! Also, powdered sugar has cornstarch mixed into it to help prevent lumping. As you whip the ingredients for the frosting together, most of the lumps should come out. *Should* come out. They might not, which is all the more reason to sift. But again, don’t lose sleep over this if you can’t sift.


Recipe Summary

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • 1 pound 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups creme fraiche or sour cream

Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Sift together sugar, cocoa powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt gradually beat into cream cheese mixture. With machine running, pour in melted chocolate in a slow, steady stream. Beat in creme fraiche until well combined. If frosting doesn't seem firm enough, refrigerate for 10 minutes. Beat before using.


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In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and milk. Stir until smooth and bring to a HARD boil over medium heat. Boil for one minute.

Stir in the vanilla and remove the pan from the heat. Let cool slightly. Do not let it cool too much or it will harden too quickly.

Beat with a mixer on medium-high speed for 3 minutes or until it is a spreadable consistency.

The frosting will harden as it sits so it should be immediately spread on the cake, cupcakes, or brownies.


How To Pipe Frosting Onto Cupcakes

The great thing about this frosting recipe, is that it spreads onto cakes so smoothly, but also pipes beautiful swirls! Here are some piping tips:

  • Since this makes a large batch of frosting, only use a few cups of frosting in a frosting bag fitted with a piping tip. Don’t try and fit all the frosting into the bag at once.
  • You can pipe the frosting using a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off for a make-shift piping bag!
  • I like using the Piping tips: Wilton 1M, Wilton 2A, Ateco 828


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