Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting –

It’s time for an intervention. I’m saying this as a friend. You need to break up with the canned frosting. Sure it dresses up in that slick package looking like all ready for a night on the town with your favorite cake. However, on the inside — it’s fake. Just turn that tub around and look at the ingredients. There are more than 15 listed. Some of the chemicals have so many letters you could earn serious scrabble points with them. What is Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate anyway?

You can make your own come-hither chocolate buttercream frosting with just six ingredients. You probably already have them in your kitchen. After just about five minutes with a mixer, you’ll see what true frosting love looks like.

Whipped Butter

To start, beat two sticks of room temperature unsalted butter with one teaspoon of vanilla. 

Sugar, cocoa, and butter

Gradually beat in three cups of powdered sugar, six tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt. Do this slowly to avoid a powdery explosion when the beaters start flying. It’s no fun scrubbing cocoa powder off the walls, trust me.

Whipping Cream for frosting

Add one quarter cup of heavy whipping cream one tablespoon at a time. Beat well after each addition.

Chocolate Frosting Close Up

Depending on the weather and how you measured your dry ingredients, you may need more or less cream. If your frosting seems thicker than you would like, add a little more. If it seems to thin, add more powdered sugar one  tablespoon at a time until you reach the consistency you want.

Chocolate Frosting on Cupcakes

You can use put this on cakes, cupcakes, spoons or even your bare hands (no judging here). I like to caress chocolate cupcakes with a swirl from a Wilton 1M tip. Isn’t that pretty?

Chocolate Cupcakes with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles

Of course, everything is better with rainbow sprinkles! Yes, I do mean everything.
 Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting and rainbow Sprinkles

Come closer, beautiful. 

Homemade Chocolate Frosting

A little closer.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I think I’m in love.

Chocolate Buttercream frosting

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If you’re in the mood for vanilla buttercream, try this recipe.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Rich, creamy chocolate frosting.

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Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

  1. 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  3. 3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  1. In large bowl, beat butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  2. If the frosting seems too thin, add more sugar one tablespoon at a time until you reach the consistency you want. If it seems too thick, add more heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until you reach the consistency you want.
  1. Makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes or a 9-inch round cake.
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9 comments on Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  1. CakePants
    February 22, 2015 at 9:42 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh gosh, I can never get the frosting on cupcakes to look so magnificent. I’ll have to make your frosting recipe and give it another try!

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      February 22, 2015 at 9:44 pm (7 years ago)

      You can do it! Just squeeze that pastry bag nice and steady. Sometimes a little extra liquid helps.

  2. Erica
    July 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Very yummy! Light and airy!

    • Erica
      July 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm (7 years ago)

      And melts in your mouth!

  3. Lolo
    July 31, 2015 at 8:47 pm (7 years ago)

    Can you make this a day in advance?

  4. Rosy
    December 8, 2015 at 8:45 am (7 years ago)

    How much Is one stick of butter weights

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      December 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm (7 years ago)

      A stick of butter weighs 1/4 pound. That’s 4 ounces or 110 grams.