Rich Chocolate Frosting
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 15 min.
Makesabout 8 cups
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 9 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 2-1/2 cups baking cocoa, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups whole milk
- In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, cocoa and vanilla until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add enough milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Nutrition Facts1/4 cup: 257 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
Dec 18, 2019
This frosting worked great with a devil’s food cake. It is very rich but not overly sweet. I can see where some would want it to taste sweeter, but we enjoyed it as is.
Jan 22, 2019
I loved how simple this recipe is. It is very rich and a little goes a long way. The consistency is a little thinner that other butter-based frostings I've made but it is perfectly spreadable and doesn't clump up. I only made a quarter of the recipe for 18 cupcakes and I still had plenty left over (I probably could've frosted another 10-12 with what remained). I'll definitely be using this recipe again!
Apr 4, 2016
This is very rich!And with a mixer, it would be very very simple. Soften the butter while the whatever is baking, then mix this up while it's cooling.I made the whole recipe because I'm making a quadruple batch of brownies (two 9x13" pans). Will probably still have some left over.9 cups of sugar is 2 pounds (1 bag) 1.5 cups2 cups of butter is 1 pound (4 sticks)Next time I make this, I will sift the sugar. That's the only thing that went wrong (lumps) and it's entirely my fault for not thinking ahead. It can probably still be saved with some more elbow grease. Just cosmetic; still tastes decadent.
Mar 27, 2016
Perfect recipe! I cut it in half to frost 1 cake (two 9" layers). I still used 1 tsp vanilla.- Theresa
Oct 20, 2015
Best ever Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting I ever had. Not too stiff, just perfectly creamy. Luscious!!!
Feb 10, 2015
My whole family absolutely loved this frosting! They just kept asking for more! Like other reviewers i cut the recipe in half, and it worked perfectly for a batch of cupcakes! Creamy melt in your mouth chocolate frosting! I have tried many recipes for chocolate icing, but this one is by FAR the best! I did add extra sugar, to thicken it up, making it the perfect amount of sweetness. Worked perfectly for a last minute recipe!
Jan 26, 2015
May 9, 2014
Excellent frosting recipe. This is a rich chocolaty frosting, will definitely make this my go to recipe when ever I need a chocolate frosting recipe.
Apr 3, 2014
I've searched for years to find a chocolate frosting that I liked, that was chocolate-y and would decorate cakes and cupcakes and this one is the best I personally have ever made. This will be my go-to chocolate frosting from now on! I halved the recipe, and had enough to frost a double layer cake and about 18 cupcakes - which was fine with me, more chances to eat it! I also did add a bit of espresso powder to it and it was yummy that way too :)
Oct 2, 2012
I decorate cakes for a living and this is the best chocolate icing I have ever made. I cut the recipe in half but for the amount of cupcakes I made I needed the entire recipe. I also substituted the butter for shortening. I will absolutely keep making this icing, it's by far the best:)