Rich Chocolate Frosting

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This creamy, luxurious chocolate frosting is the perfect sweet addition to layer cakes and cupcakes! The combination of butter and cocoa powder gives it its delectable, rich flavor. The powdered sugar provides balance and gives it a pleasing texture. A hint of vanilla extract enhances the chocolate taste, and melted chocolate adds a delightful depth of flavor. Finally, heavy cream helps it to reach the perfect creamy consistency.

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HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. To make the best chocolate frosting, first soften the butter to room temperature and sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. 
  2. Next, beat the butter, half of the powdered sugar, and the cocoa powder in an electric mixer until creamy. 
  3. Then add the other half of the powdered sugar, the vanilla extract, and the melted chocolate. 
  4. Once combined, add the heavy cream a bit at a time until the desired consistency is achieved. 
  5. Finally, add a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness, if desired. 
  6. The frosting should be used immediately or stored in the fridge, covered, up to three days. 
  7. Before using, bring to room temperature and whisk by hand until smooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will this chocolate frosting last?

A: This delicious frosting can last up to three days in the fridge, covered. Before using, bring to room temperature and whisk by hand until smooth.

Q: Is this recipe easy to follow?

A: Yes, this is a very easy recipe to follow. Simply beat the butter, half of the powdered sugar, and the cocoa powder in an electric mixer until creamy. Then add the other half of the powdered sugar, the vanilla extract, and the melted chocolate. Once combined, add the heavy cream a bit at a time until the desired consistency is achieved. Finally, add a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness, if desired.

Q: What kind of chocolate can I use in this recipe?

A: You can use whatever kind of chocolate you’d like, such as bittersweet, semisweet, or milk chocolate.

Rich Chocolate Frosting

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Recipe by Dish Lingo Course: DessertCuisine: American, EuropeanDifficulty: Easy
Yield

3

cups
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

This creamy, luxurious chocolate frosting is the perfect sweet addition to layer cakes and cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 2 1/2 sticks (20 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 cocoa powder, sifted

  • 2 1/2 cups 2 1/2 powdered sugar, sifted

  • 2 teaspoons 2 vanilla extract

  • 3/4 3/4 - 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks, melted and slightly cooled

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 heavy cream or milk

  • 1/8 teaspoon 1/8 salt

Directions

  • To make the best chocolate frosting, first soften the butter to room temperature and sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Next, beat the butter, half of the powdered sugar, and the cocoa powder in an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Then add the other half of the powdered sugar, the vanilla extract, and the melted chocolate.
  • Once combined, add the heavy cream a bit at a time until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Finally, add a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness, if desired.
  • The frosting should be used immediately or stored in the fridge, covered, up to three days.
  • Before using, bring to room temperature and whisk by hand until smooth.