This easy chocolate buttercream frosting is silky chocolate perfection! Made with cocoa powder, this not too sweet frosting is perfect for any cake or cupcake!
On Friday, I shared a recipe for Hot Chocolate Cake. But what’s a great cake without a great frosting? So, today I give you a delicious Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe.
This chocolate frosting is pretty fuss-free, and if you haven’t tried making homemade frosting, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is.
It’s a great basic, chocolate buttercream that is about as easy to make and to work with as it gets.
How do you make homemade chocolate buttercream frosting?
The most common chocolate buttercream frostings are a mixture of butter, powdered sugar, and either cocoa powder or melted chocolate.
To make this frosting as easy as possible, it uses cocoa powder rather than melted chocolate.
You’ll notice that the frosting in the pictures is different shades of brown. This is a result of using different brands of cocoa powder.
Tips for making this chocolate buttercream frosting
- First, beat the butter before adding in the powdered sugar.
- Second, if your powdered sugar and/or cocoa powder are lumpy, sift them before adding them into the butter. It will help them incorporate more easily into the butter.
And, most importantly, it tastes great! If you’re looking for more great frosting recipes, check out the recipes below!
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Silicone Spatula: A great all-purpose spatula is a must-have. I have two of these spatulas, and I use them for mixing, scraping, and stirring. Mine have held up well, and I like that they’re heat-resistant.
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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
This easy chocolate buttercream frosting is silky, chocolate perfection! Made with cocoa powder, this not too sweet frosting is perfect for any cake or cupcake!
- 1 cup salted butter at room temperature
- 3 ½-4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 tablespoons whole milk, half-and-half, or cream
With an electric mixer (either hand or stand), beat butter until pale, about 3-4 minutes on medium.
Scrape down the bowl.
Add 3½ cups powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of milk.
Mix on low until powdered sugar and cocoa powder are incorporated.
If the frosting is too dry, add another tablespoon of milk. If the frosting is too wet, add powdered sugar 2 tablespoons at a time until it reaches a spreadable consistency.
*Nutrition facts have been estimated.
**The difference in the color of the frosting is the result of using different brands of cocoa powder.