Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

This weekend was an exciting weekend for our family.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

My youngest son made an early appearance and joined our family, and we couldn’t be happier.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Not that that has anything to do with this frosting recipe, but I’m just so excited that I wanted to share the news.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

This chocolate cream cheese frosting is a variation on my chocolate buttercream frosting. It’s incredibly easy to make, but there are a couple tips that ensure that it comes out well.

First, the butter and cream cheese should be soft, but you don’t want the butter to be so soft that it’s melting. Second, if your cocoa powder and powdered sugar are lumpy, sifting them will give you a smoother frosting. Third, the frosting may seem a little soft as you are piping it. It will set up quite a bit once it has been refrigerated, so don’t worry if it it’s not really stiff as you are piping.

I like to use this frosting when I make pumpkin cupcakes. The combination of cream cheese, chocolate, and pumpkin just goes so well together!

This rich frosting also pairs really well with basic chocolate, white, or yellow cakes.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup butter at cool room temperature*
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3-3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. With an electric mixer (either hand or stand), beat butter and cream cheese together until well-combined, about 3-4 minutes on medium.
  2. Scrape down the bowl.
  3. Add 3 cups powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla.
  4. Mix on low until powdered sugar and cocoa powder are incorporated.
  5. If the frosting is too wet or tart, add powdered sugar 2 tablespoons at a time until it reaches desired consistency and sweetness.

Recipe Notes

*I like to use salted butter. If you prefer to use unsalted butter, just add a pinch or so of salt to the frosting.

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  • Reply
    August 31, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Congratulations on your new baby boy….will you be showing us pictures soon ? :)

    I have always heard that coffee makes chocolate taste so much better….if I wanted to add some coffee, approx. how much would I add and what do I use less of , and how much ?

    Rating this a 5* because I know it is good :) Thanks for posting this recipe…..

    • Reply
      September 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you so much!! I’ll have to share a picture in an upcoming post. =)
      In order to keep the thicker consistency, I usually use a flavor or extract with frostings. I’ve seen coffee flavor at my local grocery stores alongside vanilla and other extracts. I’m not sure how strong it is, so I’d start off with 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon and then add more as needed. Good luck, and thank you for your kind comment!!

  • Reply
    August 29, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Kate, congratulations to you and your family on the birth on of your baby son!! How exciting for you!! Thanks for sharing this chocolate cream cheese frosting it looks absolutely heavenly!

    • Reply
      August 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you so much!! We are over the moon about our newest addition. I really appreciate your kind words!

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