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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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

Notes

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!

Louise

Louise
Louise is the founder and editor of CakeJournal. She's a passionate, self taught, cake artist who has been doing cake decorating since 2002.
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Comments

  1. Daniela says

    This frosting is to die for!
    Luana, I am also using Silver Spoon icing, but what I found works best is to just put about 2 teaspoons of milk, then see if you need more (you probably won’t.) Also, I did not let the butter soften too much before starting to mix it. I actually put everything in the bowl all together and mixed it. I also used cold milk (I do not have any patience to wait :))
    Hope you find this useful!

  2. Luana says

    Hi Louise,

    The brand is called Silver Spoon. It is normal icing for cakes and buns….

    Really dont see what I am doing wrong :( I will give another try :D

  3. says

    Luana: If it says “fondant icing” then it is not what you should use in your frostings. Fondant icing is meant to be mixed with water to make it into a pourable icing. You should be using Confectioners sugar/powdered icing sugar for frostings. What brand is it? Squires Kitchen? I know they have some fondant icing that they say can be mixed with butter/liquid this should be a very soft smooth frosting.

  4. Luana says

    Hi Louise,
    Thank you for taking the time and replying….

    I am in Bordeaux, France, warm weather but not boiling hot….

    I have tried to the chocolate Frosting(recipe above), and also a nice fluffy Vanilla Buttercream. I always follow the recipe by heart. I thought maybe it was the icing sugar(so my lovely husband brought with him from england 4kilos! of fondant icing! ). It is getting better but still soft….Does it make a difference that I am using a hand held mixer? Or should I just add less liquid?

    Thank you sooo much for your help!!!
    Luana

  5. says

    Luana: What types of frosting do you make? Be careful not to add to much liquid. It could also be because if the weather is very warm.

  6. Luana says

    Hi,

    I am new to the Blog(and a HUGE fan already). Just a quick Q. I am trying to do any type of frosting, however for some reason mine always end up looking like soup! I really dont see what I am doing wrong…..help anyone please…

  7. Ghie T says

    I am so happy coz the last minute i was looking for a chocolate frosting coz I was making a cake for my son’s 7th month b-day (coz i celebrate it everyone month since he was born and i planned the monthly until he turn 1) so I remembered about this site and i quickly seached for it then I was so happy and surprised how easy it was and my family love it! its good quick and easy!

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