Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting – Easy recipe for the best chocolate buttercream frosting, perfect for decorating or piping onto cake and cupcakes. It’s fluffy, creamy, and silky smooth!

mixing up chocolate buttercream frosting with KitchenAid mixing whisk

There’s nothing quite like a swirl of chocolate buttercream frosting to top off a piece of yellow cake or a yellow cupcake. Better yet, pair it up with marble cake, and you’ve got the best of both worlds.

This frosting is very creamy, and it’s the perfect chocolate icing for cupcakes. It’s very fluffy, very silky, and works really well for piping onto cupcakes or for cake decorating.

In fact, I use this chocolate frosting recipe in my Minecraft grass block cake recipe.

Being a rich buttercream frosting, a little bit goes a long way. Combine its buttery flavor with chocolate and you’ve got the makings of a heavenly chocolate buttercream icing for chocolate lovers.

swirled chocolate buttercream frosting on yellow cake cupcakes on white marble countertop

More buttercream frosting recipes for your favorite desserts: Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe and Butterbeer Buttercream Frosting.

I JUST WANT THE RECIPE! TAKE ME TO THE RECIPE FOR CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING!

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this easy chocolate frosting recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHY NOT USE SHORTENING FOR CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM?

Mainly because I’m not a huge fan of shortening, and I’d rather use butter. I’ve never been a fan of shortening based buttercream because I always feel like there’s something missing in the taste of it.

Using salted butter will create a very flavorful frosting; but if you’d rather not have all of that buttery flavor, you can cut the butter in half and substitute shortening instead.

mixing butter and ingredients for chocolate buttercream frosting recipe

While shortening does add stability to the recipe, heavy whipping cream can do the same thing.

WHY SHOULD I USE SALTED BUTTER?

I do recommend using salted butter for this recipe, because the salt in the butter adds a richness and a better flavor to your buttercream.

And it’s so much easier to use salted butter over trying to add salt to frosting, especially when you’re trying to get a good consistency and texture without any grit.

chocolate buttercream frosting on yellow cake cupcakes on white marble countertop with light blue and white kitchen towel

CAN I FREEZE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM ICING?

Yes, you can! In fact, I always have leftover icing, so I usually throw it in the freezer to keep it for next time.

Freezing won’t hurt the texture, consistency, or flavor of your frosting.

swirls of chocolate buttercream on cupcakes

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE FROSTING

Making chocolate buttercream frosting is really easy, and it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients either.

mixer whisk with chocolate buttercream frosting
  • Make sure you soften the butter first. Try to get it out ahead of time and let it soften naturally; don’t be like me and use the microwave to soften it, and instead melt it.
  • Mix together the softened butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, and heavy whipping cream.
  • Then add in the powdered sugar and cocoa, and let the mixer work its magic for 2 to 3 minutes.
chocolate buttercream icing in mixing bowl

You’ll end up with a very smooth, creamy, chocolate buttercream frosting that’s perfect for decorating cakes, piping onto cupcakes, and more.

spreading chocolate frosting on yellow cake cupcakes with table knife

Plus, it tastes really delicious.

bite taken out of yellow cake cupcake frosted with homemade chocolate frosting

CAN I CHANGE UP THIS BUTTERCREAM ICING RECIPE?

Here are a few more ways you can change up this buttercream frosting recipe…

  • Add a flavored extract for additional flavor… Think maplecaramelpeppermint, etc.
  • If you don’t like the buttery flavor of the icing, you can substitute the same amount of shortening for half the butter.
  • You can use milk instead of heavy whipping cream, but keep in mind, you may end up with a softer icing, especially at room temperature. A softer icing may not work as well for piping and decorating.
swirled chocolate buttercream frosting on top of a yellow cupcake

IF YOU LOVE THIS HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE ICING, TRY SOME OF OUR OTHER FROSTING FAVORITES:

The Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Dreamy Butterbeer Buttercream Frosting

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing

Deliciously Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

swirled chocolate buttercream icing on yellow cupcakes

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer – You can definitely mix homemade frosting by hand, but a mixer enables you to get that silky smooth texture.

Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups

Spatula

Cake Decorating Kit with Tips and Pastry Bags

Cake Turntable with Icing Spatula and Icing Smoother

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mixing up chocolate buttercream frosting with KitchenAid mixing whisk
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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Easy recipe for the best chocolate buttercream frosting, perfect for decorating or piping onto cake and cupcakes. It’s fluffy, creamy, and silky smooth!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dessert
Keyword chocolate buttercream, chocolate buttercream frosting, chocolate buttercream icing, chocolate buttercream recipe, chocolate frosting, chocolate frosting recipe, chocolate icing, chocolate icing recipe, homemade chocolate icing, how to make chocolate frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 147 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. First, allow the butter time to soften.*

  2. Then mix together the softened butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, and heavy whipping cream.**

  3. Add in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder, and mix everything together for 2 to 3 minutes, mixing well.

  4. You’ll have a very smooth, creamy, chocolate buttercream frosting that’s perfect for cake decorating, piping onto cupcakes, and more. Plus, it tastes really delicious.

Recipe Notes

*If you don’t like the buttery flavor of the icing, you can substitute shortening for half the butter.

**You can also use milk instead of heavy whipping cream, but remember, you may end up with a softer icing, especially at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 17g19%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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11 thoughts on “Chocolate Buttercream Frosting”


  1. The almond extract was overpowering. I also only used 1 1/2 C of sugar and it was a good consistency. Had to go find another recipe and remake because of the almond flavoring.


  2. Thanks for the great recipes! I made the frosting without the almond extract since I didn’t have any (added a little extra vanilla) and it was perfect!


  3. I made this frosting yesterday for my son’s birthday cake and it was AMAZING! I decided not to do the Almond Extract, but I will at some point as I’ll definitely be making this again. I’m so glad I found this recipe!


  4. This frosting was FANTASTIC! I made it just as directed, with almond extract, she I can’t imagine it tasting any better. Thank you!

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