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Classic Chocolate Frosting Recipe

This fast, fudge-like frosting is so fantastic. It even makes cakes from a box mix taste like homemade!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened

Directions

  • 1. In a saucepan, combine confectioners' sugar and cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla. Cool until mixture is thickened, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. In a bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in chocolate mixture until blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 tablespoon: 90 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein

Reviews for Classic Chocolate Frosting

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"Made a great light chocolate buttercream frosting! This is the same basic frosting my mom frequently used. Milk can be adjusted to be thick enough for piping frosting onto cake. Recommend adding milk slowly. As a volunteer food editor with Taste of Home I enjoy using recipes that use classic ingredients with great results."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"I love this frosting. This frosting is fabulous! When I finished with the recipe (made exactly as written) it was runny and I thought I had failed. I needed to use the frosting right then so I placed the frosting in the fridge and made another frosting. The next morning, the frosting was perfect thickness for spreading and the taste was wonderful. I will make this over and over, however, I will make it a day ahead.

I might suggest on this recipe you state, needs to be made ahead.
Pamela Brandt, Arcadia, Oklahoma"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I used this recipe for an angel food cake. It was really quick and good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2009

"this is one of the best tasting chocolate frostings I have ever tasted."

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