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!


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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