Chocolate Frosting

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
10 min
Ingredients
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions

Sift sugar and cocoa together into a large bowl. In another bowl combine 1 cup of sugar mixture with butter and 1 tablespoon cream, beating until smooth. Add another cup of sugar and another tablespoon of cream, beating well. Continue until all ingredients are combined and frosting is fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Spread frosting on top of one round. Top with second round and cover top and sides completely with frosting.


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Outstanding! My new favorite frosting recipe. As others said, it requires a lot more cream to get it to spreading consistency. I used high quality cocoa, too. I can only describe it as "clean" tasting - absolutely no sickening sweet after taste like a lot of frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Adding vanilla to chocolate frosting makes no sense to me. Otherwise, a good recipe. Try with almond extract, peppermint or other extracts that compliment chocolate rather than being eliminated by it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good the kids love this one too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Good. This will be the one I will be using! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This frosting didn't turn out. I've read some of the other reviews... and I found that others had the same problem, it was too thick! I ended up adding more cream to make it less thin. The frosting tasted fine item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great since I had all the ingredients in the house. It was necessary to add more cream to get the right consistency, as others have stated. yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome, this one is a keeper. We used it for my daughter's birthday cake, we baked a 9 inch round and cut it into a moustache shape that we found on Pinterest. It was so cute and tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the greatest!!!!!! Thank you! im 11! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The frosting has a good flavor, but the cream amount needed to be doubled. I also added a bit more cocoa. Next time I will use less confectioners' sugar. I will also add some French Roast coffee from my press. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is THE BEST frosting I've made or tasted. The key is using a high quality cocoa. Do add a little more cream to thin it if needed but other than that its just awesome. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This frosting was the best chocolate frosting I have ever made. I will definitely use it again and again. Also, it was really easy to make. Like everyone else I added way more liquid. I used half and half. Make sure to use good quality cocoa and vanilla. My family loved it. I used crumbled Heath Bars on top of the cake and it went really well with the frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never made frosting before. I'm a guy, so I can get away with box cake mixes and canned icing, but I just felt ambitious today. It worked. Beautifully! It seemed a little dry (things often do in Tucson with our single digit humidity, so I added some extra cream. Really delicious. Maybe it was dry because I forgot the Tbsp of vanilla -- oh, well, it's wonderful anyway. My wife said she'd leave the cake behind and eat all the frosting. And she's skinny; it's hard to get her to eat much of anything. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful frosting! I agree with other viewers, I used much more cream than what the original recipe called for. It is a good base recipe. I do recommend using more cream until you get the consistency desired. I added a teaspoon of instant Nescafé coffee and a teaspoon of warm water. This made for a silky smooth roosting that was very easy to spread. Additionally, I recommend using high quality chocolate and butter. I used Valrhona powdered coco from Central Market. Central Market is comparable to Whole Foods. It was just a little more expensive but SO worth the extra $1 or $2. For butter, I used Plugra European unsalted butter. I made (2 9" rounds. The recipe made enough to frost 1 layer, the top and the sides perfectly. I will use this recipe in the future. Really yummy frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this frosting! Very easy to make. I used half and half instead of cream. I just put everything in my mixer at one time and whipped it for a couple minutes. Couldn't have been easier. Very fluffy, and just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness. I will definitely make this again! I had 20 cupcakes and it made the perfect amount for a nice big dollop of frosting on each cupcake. Raves from the kids!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best chocolate frosting I ever made. So easy and makes enough for a 9" 2 layer cake. I used half & half because I'm too cheap to buy a whole carton of heavy cream for 3 ounces. Half & half works fine and has less fat and calories, so I can have a second piece of cake without feeling guilty. It needed 5 or 6 tablespoons of half & half to get the consistency right. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way too sweet for my taste... I halved the sugar but it is still too sweet. I only used one coat on one of the layer. Wouldn't make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really tasty frosting but like many other reviewers I added much more heavy cream than stated to get desired consistency. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is fantastic. I added a bit more butter and cream to smoothe it out. Will definitely make again. Soooo good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so delicious!!! I added A LOT more heavy cream and used the best vanilla I could buy. Great frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I doubled the heavy cream which made it creamier. Definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added more 1T of cream and it needed more. Really creamy and good taste but wish I had made it creamery to go farther. Will do it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, I added whipping cream and then took 1/4-1/3 of frosting and added more whip cream to it for the center of the cake. My new favorite chocolate frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This's the first time I made the frosting, and the tip below was particular helpful. I didn't have heavy cream at hand, the whole milk worked perfectly well. Thanks for the recipe and the tip! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A good recipe, just to chocolatey for my family, next time I will use half of the cocoa, I also used half and half instead of heavy cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It worked great as the recipe stated. The second time I used regular 2% milk since I was out of cream-it worked FANTASTIC. I liked either way-the original way with cream, and the way with milk. Very very good buttercream-vastly better than most I've tried in the past. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to admit that I am not a chocoholic, that distinction belongs to my husband. In fact, I am one of the rare few who is not especially fond of chocolate. Having said that, I loved this frosting! I baked a chocolate cake for my husband, but in the end, I ate more of it than he did. This frosting is light, not overly sweet, and just the right amount of chocolate to compliment the darker chocolate cake it covered. Super easy to make and spread. I did have to add double the amount of cream called for, but other than that, no changes. This will be my 'go to' recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good, but my husband didn't like it because he said it was too chocolatey. I liked it a lot though. I used milk because I didn't have cream and it was still good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only reason I am putting two stars is that I had to add more cream and more vanilla. The frosting is, of course, DELICIOUS....but if it were delicious and no adjustments needed it would have rightly deserved 5 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this frosting today and paired it with yellow cupcakes. You definitely need to ADD MORE HEAVY CREAM for it to turn out right. 3-4 tbs of heavy cream was not enough and leaves you with dry chunks. I added a total of 6 tbs of heavy cream to get a beautiful and smooth consistency. If you use Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder it tastes somewhere between dark chocolate and milk chocolate frosting, but nonetheless tasty. I will give this recipe 4 stars only because I had to add double the amount of cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read the reviews and agree that extra cream does the trick. I didn't add any water though. I couldn't get my dry ingredients to sift so I just combined them into the bowl anyway. This didn't seem to affect the quality of flavor or texture as it was mixed very well with the mixer. I do advise adding a bit of extra cream as you mix because cream itself thickens up. Turned out very light, creamy and tasty! Will use again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a total novice but WOW, I just found my new easy piece of heaven! Like others I added a couple of table spoons of warm water and extra cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used much more heavy cream than what it asked for and it turned out nice, light, and "airy". I also added some instant coffee to increase the chocolate flavor. I will never buy store bought frosting ever again. The texture and flavor was off the chart!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELECTABLE....I added a Tbsp of finely ground coffee beans for an extra ummmmppphhhh....WHOA! Ann Thornton's chocolate cake was covered in this stuff and let me tell you it was gone REAL FAST. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the best frosting ever!!! i did not measure my cream and just added enough for the consistency i wanted and i also whipped it on high speed so it turned out light and fluffy!! i also added black cherry spreadable fruit to compliment my chocolate cake that i am baking... absolutely amazing (even w/o the fruit!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good frosting recipe. Used it for the first time this Thanksgiving. It was pretty thick at first but I read the reviews before making and added the adjustments are advised. It came out perfect!!! I used it on my German Chocolate Cake and it didn't last thru the night. I added a little more cream and 2 tablespoons of hot water. This helps it spread easily. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this frosting was very easy to make. I realized that i only had half a stick of butter so I used that and 4tbs of tub butter. it came out great. Spread nicely. the perfect consistency. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a review of this frosting recipe which I have used before. I'm sorry that some people have had problems with this frosting recipe. But it's a Hersey's TYPE classic. Very simple - and easy. Try 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot water instead of cream. Cream can cause things to stiffen up. Look up some others and compare (sometimes Hersey's has it on the back of the can of powered coco. But this type of frosting is a good ole stand bye to have. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I chose this recipe because of the 5 star ratings. I'm not an inexperienced cook, and this recipe was very simple, but it was not good at all! It had a very good taste, but that was its only redeeming quality. It was very stiff and dry, even after I added more cream, and did not spread easily at all. I'll find a better recipe! I am especially disappointed in this recipe because I used it on my son's birthday cake. Next time I'll be sure to test out a recipe before I use it for a special occasion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making chocolate frosting and it was a success! Nice, creamy texture. I didn't measure the cream, but suspect that I used a little more than the recipe required. This is my new go-to frosting recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was the best frosting i have ever tasted!! it is 100x better than the frosting from stores! good for spreading. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There must be a typo in this recipe... I made it and its pure sugar so grainy not even tasty I had to add another stick of butter more cream and a package of cream cheese item not reviewed by moderator and published
This frosting is delicious! It was great on cupcakes and marble cake! It is extremely thick, but still good for piping. You may need to add extra cream. Now to put it on my dad's Father's Day cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good but extremely thick you need to add lots more cream but still VERY good item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best I've make but needed to add more cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick , Easy, and delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very VERY good chocolate frosting recipe. i had to use a bit more cream to get it to a spreadable consistency. it was extremely sweet. next time i will add salt or perhaps a little more cocoa and a little bit less sugar. with those adjustments this will be my go to chocolate frosting recipe. and to let you know i used this frosting on a yellow cake with peanut butter filling = match made in heaven! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing chocolate frosting recipe it was a total crowd pleaser. Everybody loved it; perfect topping to a perfect chocolate cake. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this to top a boxed devil's food cake. WOW! It's the only chocolate frosting in my recipe box. I didn't have heavy cream, so I used 1% milk I had on hand. It was delicious!! I think next time I make it, I'll add a pinch of salt to add a nice contrast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this using dark cocoa powder and it was extremely good! I did make the same modifications that I made when I made FN's Quick Butter Cream Frosting (same recipe except for the cocoa): added 1/2t vinegar to help cut the sweetness and added a pinch of salt since I used unsalted butter. Perfect! For those whom said the frosting was too thick, try beating it on a higher speed for longer. I had more than enough to generously frost 24 cupcakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was absolutely fantastic. How can you go wrong with butter, cream, and sugar? I used it with a store bought vanilla cake mix (wanted to make the cake homemade too, but ran out of time). Instead of vanilla extract I substituted pure orange extract. I added the extract to the cake as well. It was DELICIOUS and a total crowd pleaser. The frosting was rich enough without being overpowering. It covered a standard size bundt cake wonderfully well. I would like to try it with different extract flavors next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great, simple frosting. I did find it necessary to add more cream as it was too thick otherwise. I also added 1/2 tsp espresso powder to give it that really powerful chocolate flavor and depth. It does well in a piping bag. The recipe also is not really enough for a cake or 24 cupcakes, so next time I will double it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my Gosh - this is SO good! It turned out perfect for the cake I made. It has that intensely, rich flavor similar to Baskin Robbins Double Fudge Ice Cream. Highly recommended!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best chocolate frosting that I have EVER made!!!!!! I simply followed the recipe, no changes or adjustments - incredible!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best butter cream frosting I have ever made in my 65 years! Frostings are inherently sweet but this is not overly sweet. It is creamy. I used regular butter, not unsweetened. I also used 5 TBS of strong coffee and 1 TBS of milk for the liquid and this was very flavorful even thought I forgot the vanilla! In total, I beat this with an electric hand mixer for 5 minutes. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I totally agree with Vangajo. You don't need the whole 3 cups of confectioners sugar, and you definitely need more heavy cream than the 3-4 tablespoons they call for. Haven't tried it with the cream cheese though. I have made the frosting twice so far, and planning to make it again tomorrow. Quite honestly, I pair it with a GOOD chocolate cake, (like Duncan Hines and it makes an amazing cake or cupcakes. A real keeper this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Do you really want to kick this up. Increase the heavy cream to 1 cup and whip it into stiff peaks. Decrease the sugar to 2 cups and and ad about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of whipped cream cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was tired of the brittle type of frosting, found this one and love it! Smooth and creamy and very tasty with plenty of wiggle room for your own interpretation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used it for cupcakes it sets up nicely. I had to add a lot more cream for a smooth consistancy. Would definitely use this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
3 cups confectioners sugar is a LOT of sugar. I know, I know, its frosting. I still found this frosting too sweet for my taste and the raw taste of the sugar is too prominent for my palate. This frosting is decent, much like a store bought cake frosting. If that's what your looking for then this is a 5 star recipe. Just wasn't what i was hoping it would be. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great frosting, definitely worth a try. I like dark chocolate and this frosting isn't too sweet. My entire family loved it and I'll be making it again. I used more cream than in the recipe to get a lighter consistency. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This frosting is absolutely heavenly. I didn't have enough milk on hand and I don't usually buy heavy cream, so I used my daughter's chocolate milk. (it has a thick consistency similar to heavy cream) Like every one else, I added more liquid than the recipe suggested (about 1 extra TBSP.) I found that you need to keep beating it before you add more liquid because just when you think you need more, it begins to loosen up. (i waited until I saw the mixture balling up around my beater paddle, then I added more liquid.) It is so creamy and chocolately, but without the grit of many bakery brands and a richflavor that canned icing can't even come close to. YOU MUST MAKE THIS!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the frosting. I have a thing about frosting and this one is really good. Enough to frost a 2-layer 8" cake. I added extra cream and added about 1/2 teaspoons of instant coffee to the cream. I heated it up a bit so coffee crystals would melt and cream was a hint warm. Very good recipe. Enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
like the other reviewers, i ended up thinning it out quite a bit. I added at least double the amount of heavy cream and it was still a little thick. I didn't want to add too much more than that, so I added a splash of lowfat milk and that did the trick. I made the frosting the night before I made my cake and was concerned when I started spreading the frosting over the cake, but after working it a bit, it ended up being perfect and everyone loved the cake (and the frosting!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a wonderful frosting. My 4 year old son does not much care for frosting but when he had a taste of this one he did not let the mixing spoon go. This one is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and came out great! I followed everyone's advice and added liquid to achieve the texture I wanted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making frosting from scratch. The kids had a great time adding the ingredients while I mixed! They loved licking the beaters while saying "yummy" the entire time. It was a bit thick for me to spread, but taste was wonderful. I will add more liquid next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This frosting is for the ultimate chocolate lover in you! It tastes like a chocolate truffle to me, it's rich, but light, I used skim milk because I didn't have heavy cream. I did everything else exactly like the recipe...... Yum!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making frosting. Tastes very good. I took into account what the other reviews mentioned about using more liquid, which I did (twice as more). Using more liquid made the consistency much better and easier to spread. My only issue is that it is VERY sweet. Probably because I used a higher end cocoa, Sharffen Berger. But I think next time I will cut out a cup of sugar or so and see how it tastes. Overall, will definitely use this recipe again. If you are looking for a very good homemade frosting this is it!- item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an excellent recipe for frosting except there was way too much vanilla and butter. I'd recommend using less. Since there was too much vanilla and butter we evened it out by adding a cup full of chocolate chips and it was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used whole milk instead of cream and it turned out just fine. I used more liquid than the recipe called for, like other reviewers, to help the consistency. I also used a few extra spoonfuls of cocoa so it would be more chocolaty and less sweet. I'll definitely use this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used about 1/8 c. more cocoa, a few more T. of cream and 4 oz. cream cheese. So yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted sour cream because I didn't have any heavy cream and it was delicious! This frosting tastes a lot like the frosting at a certain famous bakery in the West Village in NYC. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great recipe! This was so easy that my boyfriend made it tonight without any help...that is saying a lot! The best part was, these were all ingredients we had on hand, so we didn't need to go to the store. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chocolate frosting is wonderful. It's light and fluffy, and it tastes great. For those of you that like a richer flavor, try Dutch processed cocoa. It's really dark, but it tastes delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy to make and a crowd pleaser. Even my chocolate-snobbish husband loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe! Only comment: I needed 6 tablespoons of cream (the 3-4 specified was just too stiff). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to follow instructions. Great rich taste and wonderful consistency. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found that I had to add more than double the amount of cream for it to be spreadable. Also, was barely enough to cover a 9 inch two layer cake. I had to go too thin on the layer of frosting between the cakes to have enough to cover the outside. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time I have made frosting from scratch. This recipe was easy to make and the results were delicious. Everyone liked it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and tasty. I added one tablespoon of cinnamon and put it on chocolate cupcakes. So good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this frosting and put it on cake I made from a box. This rich frosting gives prefabricated cake a homemade touch. I recommend using Dutch process cocoa for extra flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
While looking for a simple snack cake recipe I came across this recipe for frosting ...I halved the recipe (snack cake)and it was quick and easy.I'll keep this one on file item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sounds like you used granulated sugar, not confectioner's Honey . LOL item not reviewed by moderator and published

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