Glossy Chocolate Frosting Recipe
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Glossy Chocolate Frosting Recipe

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The original recipe for this thick chocolate frosting was my grandmother's. I lightened it up, but it still has all of the original's taste. —Melissa Wentz, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

4 teaspoon: 54 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, sugar substitute, cocoa and cornstarch. Add water and stir until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cupcakes or cake while frosting is still warm. Yield: 1-1/4 cups.
Editor's Note: Recipe makes enough to frost 12 cupcakes or the top of a 13-inch x 9-inch cake. This recipe was tested with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener.
Originally published as Glossy Chocolate Frosting in Light & Tasty February/March 2006, p49

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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"This is my new 'go-to- chocolate frosting! After reading the reviews, I made sure to boil it long enough - 3 minutes at a slow boil. I had 15 cupcakes that I dipped into the warm frosting to coat - easy to do. I had enough frosting to do about 24 cupcakes though. I have the rest in the refrigerator just wondering if I could warm it up and use it again."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"I love the taste and texture of this frosting. This will be my number one go to from now on. Its so easy and not too sweet."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

"I like it simple"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"This is the most amazing chocolate frosting recipe, and I have received nothing but compliments for it."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014


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