Chocolate Frosting

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

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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    Very Good. This will be the one I will be using!
    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
    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!
    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.
    the greatest!!!!!! Thank you! im 11!
    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.
    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. :
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!!
    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.
    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.
    Really tasty frosting but like many other reviewers I added much more heavy cream than stated to get desired consistency.
    This is fantastic. I added a bit more butter and cream to smoothe it out. Will definitely make again. Soooo good.
    so delicious!!! I added A LOT more heavy cream and used the best vanilla I could buy. Great frosting.
    Delicious! I doubled the heavy cream which made it creamier. Definitely a keeper!
    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!
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!!!!!
    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.
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