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A glass bowl full of Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

A smooth, rich, and creamy chocolate buttercream frosting! This chocolate frosting can be used to frost just about anything!
Prep Time: 2 mins
Mixing Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Servings: 1 serving


  • 1 cup unsalted butter - not fully at room temp, butter should be chilled but slightly soft.
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream - or milk


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the butter on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and 2 T heavy cream.
  • Mix until the frosting comes together, once it comes together add more heavy cream to get your desired consistency.  Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Use this frosting to frost cakes, cupcakes, or whatever you want!


To store frosting in the fridge: keep in an airtight container. Will last for 1 week in the fridge. Before frosting cake or cupcakes, remove the frosting from the fridge and bring to room temperature.
To store in the freezer: Keep in an airtight container for 2 months. Remove from the freezer a day prior to using it. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge and then remove it from the fridge to bring to room temperature. Before frosting your cake or cupcakes, I suggest rewhipping the frosting so that it’s light and fluffy. You might need to add a few tablespoons of powdered sugar to the defrosted frosting.


Calories: 3752kcal (188%), Carbohydrates: 514g (171%), Protein: 14g (28%), Fat: 203g (312%), Saturated Fat: 128g (640%), Cholesterol: 529mg (176%), Sodium: 59mg (2%), Potassium: 928mg (27%), Fiber: 19g (76%), Sugar: 472g (524%), Vitamin A: 6115IU (122%), Calcium: 147mg (15%), Iron: 8.2mg (46%)