Easy Chocolate 1 Minute Icing is a sweet, chocolatey topping for cakes, brownies, and bundt cakes. This retro chocolate frosting recipe is very flavorful and is so simple to make.
Easy Chocolate Icing Recipe
Today’s recipe is straight out of my Nana’s recipe collection. An old fashioned chocolate icing that we have loved for years.
Why is it Called 1 Minute Icing?
Contrary to the name, this frosting recipe does take longer than 1 minute to make. But not much more!
It is called 1 Minute Icing because you cook the milk, butter, and cocoa on the stove top, bringing the mixture to a boil for 1 minute.
The Steps to make this yummy chocolate icing are easy. Here they are:
What’s the Difference Between Frosting and Icing?
Frosting is generally fluffier, has more butter, and can hold its shape. That’s why it is great for cupcakes and decorations such as flowers.
Icing is a bit thinner, as it is not beaten, and has less butter. It is often sweeter. It is glossier in appearance, too.
This Easy Chocolate 1 Minute Icing recipe is cooked on the stove for 1 minute before adding the sugar, then poured, not spread, over the cake.
Once you pour the icing over the cake, you won’t have much time to work with it as it will set up pretty quickly.
It’s not meant to be spread, but you can get away with a little as soon as it hits the cake so you can cover the whole surface.
After it cools it sets to a nice consistency and has a glossy look to it.
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Easy Chocolate 1 Minute Icing
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter
- 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2-3 cups Powdered Sugar
- In a small saucepan heat the milk, butter, and cocoa powder, stirring frequently, until it starts to simmer or low boil.
- Let boil for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Stir in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until desired sweetness and thickness is reached.
- Pour it over the cake. It will set up as it cools.
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