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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting on a white paddle

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream frosting, chocolate frosting recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Sandy Clifton


  • 1 cup 2 sticks Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar, or to taste
  • 3-5 Tbsp Milk, just enough to loosen it


  • Add the butter to a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium-low speed.
  • Add the vanilla, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix on low speed.
  • Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar and mix, starting on low speed.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of the milk and mix in, then add another cup of the powdered sugar and mix it in.
  • Add more milk if needed, just 1 Tablespoon at a time, until the frosting is at a spreadable consistency.
  • Taste and add more powdered sugar to get to the sweetness you like. Then add a little more milk, if needed.
  • Mix on medium-high speed to make the frosting fluffier.
  • Use right away, or store in the fridge in an airtight container with plastic wrap covering the frosting, touching it, so it doesn't get a "skin" on it.
  • Let chilled frosting come up to room temperature and re-whip it before spreading or piping.


This recipe makes around 3 cups or enough to frost 12 cupcakes, or 1 -9"x13" sheet cake.
To frost one 2-layer 9-inch cake, increase ingredients by half of the recipe.
Serving size is 1/12th of the recipe


Calories: 258kcal