This is the Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting I’ve EVER tasted! No joke. I love it. It comes out perfect every time and it’s so easy to make!
I’ve been making this recipe for about 5 years now and it is my family’s absolute favorite. It’s always my go-to when I need chocolate frosting. Always! Whether it’s for cake, cupcakes or even cookies, this truly is The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting EVER!
The first time I shared this recipe was back in 2014 when I made my husband a Perfect Vanilla Cake with The Best Chocolate Frosting Ever for his birthday. He just loves yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Sometimes a guy’s got to have a good old fashioned cake for his special day!
Today I’m sharing the frosting recipe by itself to make it easier for people searching for frosting recipes. You can use this chocolate frosting on any of your favorite cakes!
How to use this Chocolate Buttercream
I’ve made this recipe so many times. Here’s what I’ve frosted with The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (to name a few):
Why Homemade Frosting is always BEST!
It tastes SO much better than store bought.
Made with fresh ingredients, no preservatives.
It’s naturally gluten free.
Your family will thank you!
How to Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1) Combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Set aside.
2) Beat softened butter with an electric mixer.
3) Gradually add sugar/cocoa mixture, milk and vanilla.
4) Whip until light and fluffy
Tools for success
Bench Scraper – For smoothing frosting on sides of cake.
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The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 16 ounces powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk, plus 2 tablespoons (I used almond milk)
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Nestle)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric mixer. Turn up to medium high and beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy.
- With the mixer running on low, gradually add the powdered sugar/cocoa mixture, milk, and vanilla extract. Increase to medium high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Note: If the frosting is too thick, you can add a little more milk. Just add one tablespoon at a time, then mix thoroughly until you get the consistency you like.
- This recipe makes enough frosting for 12 cupcakes with a tall swirl of frosting or 24 cupcakes with a thinner coating of frosting. OR you could fill and frost a two layer 8-inch round cake.
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