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Fluffy, smooth and silky Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is a must make frosting to add to your sweet treats. You can use this frosting to pipe, spread or fill cakes and cupcakes.

Close up of a chocolate frosted vanilla cake.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Much like the Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, this chocolate version is an absolute favourite! It’s utterly chocolatey, light, fluffy and decadent. It’s fantastic layered between cakes or used to pipe on top of cupcakes!

Chocolate frosting in a bowl.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

What is This Frosting Like

  • Difficulty – This chocolate buttercream frosting is relatively easy to make, but you must follow the steps and stick to the ingredient list. It only takes about 15 minutes to make, but pay attention to the mixing time so you get it light and fluffy.
  • Taste – Chocolate Buttercream is sweet and buttery in taste. The texture is light with a richness from the butter and flavour from the cocoa powder.
  • Serving – This recipe makes enough to frost a two layer 8-inch cake or12 cupcakes. You can easily adjust the serving size in the recipe card at the end of the post.
Close up of chocolate frosting in a bowl.
Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

  • Butter – This recipe uses unsalted butter at room temperature. You must use butter and not margarine for this frosting. Margarine will not have the same results or flavour.
  • Powdered sugar – Powdered sugar is also know as icing sugar or confectioners’ sugar. It’s a fine powdered sugar that’s often used in light cakes, cookies and frosting.
  • Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract adds flavour to the frosting. You can use vanilla extract or vanilla essence.
  • Heavy cream – Heavy cream or milk can be used for the frosting. It’s helps make the frosting smoother and lighter.
  • Cocoa powder – This recipe uses unsweetened natural cocoa powder.
  • Salt – A pinch of salt is used to enhance flavours in the frosting.

NOTE, The full recipe and ingredient list can be found at the end of the post in the recipe card.

Ingredients to make chocolate buttercream frosting.
Ingredients to make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Instructions

  • Mix butter and powdered sugar – In the bowl of your electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as necessary.
  • Add cocoa powder, vanilla and salt – Add in the cocoa powder, vanilla and salt. Mix until combined, just about a minute.
  • Add cream – Add the cream, one tablespoon at a time, on medium low speed until combined. About a minute.
  • Finish frosting – Turn the mixer to high speed and continue to mix for about 5 minutes until the frosting is light, fluffy and shiny.

Recipe Tips

  • Sift powdered sugar – It’s really important to sift the powdered sugar. This will make the sugar lighter and and remove any lumps. It will result in a lighter frosting.
  • Make sure to use room temperature butter – Room temperature is important to whip properly.
  • Whip for time stated – Don’t skip the time stated for whipping the frosting. It will take at least 5 minutes to achieve the consistency desired for the fluffy frosting.
  • Make ahead frosting – This frosting can be made ahead and kept in an airtight container up to one week before using.
Chocolate frosting in a bowl.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Substitutions

I’ve tested this recipe over years, changing it along the way. It’s taken a while to get it just right, so I don’t recommend many substitutions. This recipe uses heavy cream BUT you can use whole milk in it’s place. This is the only substitution I recommend for this recommend.

If you’re looking for other frosting recipes, you can check out the Cream Cheese Frosting or the Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Both great alternatives!

Chocolate buttercream frosting in a small bowl.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Serving and Storage

  • Serving – This is a great frosting on cupcakes, cakes or cookies. You can try it out on the Christmas Brownie BitesVanilla Cake or your favourite cakes and cookies.
  • Storage – You can store this chocolate buttercream frosting in the fridge up to one week. Alternatively, you can store it in the freezer for about three weeks. Just make sure in both cases it’s in an airtight container. It will need a quick re whipping before using.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between frosting and icing?

Although frosting and icing are similar, there are some differences. Frosting is generally lighter, fluffier and thicker. It’s often used to fill and coat cakes. Icing is often thinner and can sometimes have a glaze like consistency.

What kind of mixer works best for whipping frosting?

You can use either an electric hand mixer or an electric stand mixer for making frosting. Both work great.


Close up of chocolate frosting in a glass bowl.
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Chocolate frosting in a bowl.
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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Fluffy, smooth and silky Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is a must make frosting to add to your sweet treats. You can use this frosting to pipe, spread or fill cakes and cupcakes.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: buttercream frosting, chocolate frosting, frosting
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Julia Pinney

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter unsalted and at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as necessary.
  • Add in the cocoa powder, vanilla and salt. Mix until combined, just about a minute.
  • Add the cream, one tablespoon at a time, on medium low speed until combined. About a minute.
  • Turn the mixer to high speed and continue to mix for about 5 minutes until the frosting is light, fluffy and shiny.

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 141mg6%
Potassium 43mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 391IU8%
Vitamin C 0.01mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By on May 9th, 2024
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