This classic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe is the only chocolate buttercream recipe that you will ever need. It tastes amazing, pipes beautifully, and has been our go-to chocolate buttercream for years!
You are going to LOVE how easy this chocolate frosting is to make. Throw that canned chocolate frosting in the trash, it won’t taste good to you anymore!
What Cakes Taste Great with Chocolate Frosting?
This Classic Chocolate Buttercream is silky smooth, has a fantastic chocolate flavor, and it is the perfect complement to SO many flavors of cakes and cupcakes!
We love it as a filling or frosting for so many of our cake recipes, including Classic Chocolate Cake, Marble Cake, Yellow Cake, White Almond Sour Cream Cake, Chocolate Pecan Pie Cake , Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cake Chocolate Chip Cake, Classic Chocolate Cupcakes, and many more.
What I’m realizing in making this list of cakes that pair well with chocolate frosting is that I want to put every cake on the list! Haha.. that’s when you know you have a good frosting (or maybe I just like chocolate a little too much).
How to Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- This easy chocolate buttercream comes together in minutes.
- All that you need is butter, confectioners sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and a little milk!
- First, add the butter to your mixing bowl and mix for about a minute on medium speed. Add vanilla and blend into the butter. Next, add the cocoa and confectioners sugar.
- Add most of the milk mix at medium speed for a minute. Reduce to medium speed and mix another two or three minutes, adding the rest of the milk as needed.
Like most American buttercreams, this chocolate frosting develops a slight crust. You can reduce the amount of sugar to 5 cups (675 g confectioner’s sugar) for a softer frosting.
This Chocolate Frosting is Perfectly Pipeable
This Chocolate Frosting recipe should give you a nice medium consistency, making it perfect for piping. Whether you’re making buttercream ruffles, buttercream roses, or piping pretty scrolls or borders, this frosting couldn’t be simpler to work with.
You’ll have a bit of wiggle room when it comes to the amount of sugar and liquid. For a thicker frosting, mix in more confectioners sugar. For a softer frosting, add a bit more milk. I also prefer to use whole milk rather than skim or 1% as it gives a richer flavor and a lighter crust when it sets.
Other Chocolate Frostings to Try…
We have a couple of other delicious chocolate frostings in our recipes section! Our Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream recipe is similar to this classic chocolate buttercream, as it is a crusting recipe which is great for piping. The difference is that it contains shortening, which makes it more heat resistant.
It’s always nice to have a heat friendly option for those hot summer days. Just remember that no frosting is 100 percent heat-proof. Shortening based frostings will hang in there for a bit longer though! You can find the recipe here: Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
Next, if you are looking for something even more rich, you will also love our Chocolate Ganache Frosting in the Recipes section! If you’ve never tried ganache, it is a decadent mixture of chocolate and cream. Hop on over for the details!
- 2 sticks (226g) unsalted butter, softened (do not soften butter in the microwave)
- 6 c. confectioners sugar (icing sugar) (690) grams) or more if needed. ** For cupcakes, I like to use 5 c. (675g) for a softer frosting
- 1 c. cocoa, sifted (86 grams) measure then sift
- 1/3 c. milk (75 grams) more if needed to reach the spreading consistency you like
- 2 teaspoons vanilla (8 grams)
Add butter and beat for approximately 1 min. on medium speed. Add vanilla and blend into the butter. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
Add most of the milk. Begin beating at low speed so you won't have a cloud of powdered sugar in your kitchen. Beat at medium speed 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and beat an additional two to three minutes, adding remaining milk as needed.
This is my favorite chocolate frosting! Recipe can easily be doubled or halved.
This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of frosting.
That’s all for now! Don’t you just want to dive into a bowl of chocolate buttercream? Ahhhhh….so good. We think that you’ll love this Classic Chocolate Frosting!
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