Learn how to make an easy chocolate buttercream frosting recipe. This quick and delicious 5 ingredient frosting is great for cakes, cupcakes, cookies or brownies!
Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
This chocolate buttercream frosting is rich, creamy, and thick just like the frosting on your favorite cake. This easy recipe will show you how to make this popular dessert topping in just a few minutes!
Ridiculously tasty, chocolate buttercream frosting is the perfect topping for all your favorite cakes.This easy recipe will show you how to make this popular dessert topping in just a few minutes!
You’ll learn how to make enough to generously cover a layer cake or up to 24 cupcakes. It can be made in less than 10 minutes and with just 5 ingredients!
Do you love chocolate frosting? I sure do.
When my son was a little boy, he used to sneak the containers of frosting to his room and snack on them for days. I would find the empty frosting containers under his bed or in his bathroom. It never failed, every time I got ready to use frosting for my cupcake photography, they were always missing and I would have to make the frosting from scratch!
Now at family holidays and birthdays we always get my son a few cans of chocolate buttercream frosting as a joke. Ha!
I’m so excited to share this recipe for chocolate buttercream frosting from scratch with you! It’s decadent and perfect for topping your favorite cake, cupcakes, cookies or brownies. Now if you have someone snacking on your canned frosting, you’ll know how to make your own!
Making this frosting for the first time can be a bit of an adventure. The recipe calls for cocoa powder, which you might not have known to use in buttercream before! But it will turn out amazing and everyone will love it!
I highly recommend spreading this frosting on my Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yum!
How Do You Make Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Frosting?
This easy homemade chocolate frosting recipe is my go-to when I want something sweet and decadent. Give this recipe a try the next time you make cupcakes, cakes, cookies or brownies – your family will love each and every bite!
To make this chocolate buttercream, you will need the following ingredients:
You will also need the following supplies:
- measuring cups and spoons of various sizes
- mixing bowl
- electric mixer
Start by creaming the unsalted butter until you reach desired consistency. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and cream until smooth using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add small amounts of the cream a little at a time and mix until fluffy.
If you want an easy recipe to make after you bake your favorite cake, this delicious frosting is calling your name!
How Many Cupcakes Will this Recipe Frost?
This chocolate buttercream recipe is enough to frost 18 – 24 cupcakes. If you frost cupcakes with a short layer of frosting, you’ll be able to frost 24 cupcakes.
What Icing Tip Did You Use to Frost These Cupcakes?
The cupcakes featured here were frosted using a Wilton 1M tip. You can find one –> here.
Is this chocolate buttercream super sweet?
This chocolate buttercream recipe is quite sweet and rich in flavor.
How Do You Lessen the Sweetness of Chocolate Buttercream Frosting?
Wondering how to make buttercream frosting less sweet? It’s easy to do with only one ingredient! To tame the sweetness, you can add 1/8 teaspoon of salt to this particular recipe.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- In a large bowl, whip butter until light and fluffy (about 3 to 4 minutes).½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- Add in confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream and vanilla. Beat frosting until well mixed and fluffy (about 5 minutes).2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 6 tablespoons heavy cream*, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add frosting to cake, cupcakes or brownies.
- Make ahead and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Originally published on October 29, 2021. Last Updated on June 14, 2022 by Amy Locurto