How to make chocolate frosting

Many of you asked me about a nice chocolate frosting that goes perfect with banana cupcakes. I like the chocolate fudge frosting from the 125 best Cupcake recipes but that one can be a little to strong because of the cocoa powder especially if you are using a really nice dark cocoa.

Of course you can cut down the amount of cocoa or simply just use a more lighter cocoa powder for that recipe or you can try out my chocolate frosting?

(makes 14 oz. (400 gram) frosting)

Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 388g

Calories per serving: 1874kcal

Fat per serving: 119g

Chocolate Frosting Recipe

What I like with my recipe is that it is not strong in taste and not too buttery either, but it has just the right amount of sweetness with a twist of vanilla.


  • 5 oz. (150 gram) unsalted soft butter
  • 7 oz. (200 gram) confectioners sugar
  • 1 oz. (30 gram) cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk lukewarm (start out with only 1 tbsp and see/taste if it need the last tbsp of milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Cream butter and sift in the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder.
  2. Add the milk and vanilla. Mix untill well incorporated.


TIP: If the frosting look a bit curdled try add a bit more confectioners sugar

Please visit my recipe section if you want recipes for other frostings and icings.

Happy Caking!



  1. Louise says

    Paulette: No… it will be on its way very soon. I just have to bake the cupcakes and make the frosting, take photos and write the post xD But it will one of my next step on CJ!

  2. Paulette says

    Louise, you mentioned that you were going to do a tutorial on how to do the swirls. Have I missed it?

  3. gelato says

    hi Louise, can i reduce the sugar coz my family doesnt like frosting too sweet…loVe yr blog…i’m a 1st timer to view it..keep up the great work!!! 🙂

  4. Sharlaine says

    Thank you for sharing your recipe, I tried it today and it was yummy, easy to follow and the results were great!

  5. Louise says

    AnaP: If the frosting is on cake/cupcakes then it will crust overnight but still hold the shape. I have not tried to leave it frosted in the refrigerator uncovered.

  6. AnaP says

    How long does this frosting last at room temperature? can i leave them overnight? What if i am making them for a party? should i leave them in the refrigerator until then??
    Love your website, it´s been very very helpfull!!11

  7. Rebecca says

    I just wanted to give you a quick post to say that I have followed your journal for a good wee while, and I am so impressed by everything you do. All your cakes are beautiful!

    *trots off to try out the fudge icing*

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