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Classic Chocolate Frosting

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + cooling


1-1/2 cups

This fast fudgelike frosting is so fantastic. It even makes cakes from a box mix taste like homemade! —Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas


  • 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


  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.
Editor's Note: This recipe makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes or the top of a 13x9-in. cake. Recipe can be easily doubled.

Nutrition Facts

1 tablespoon: 90 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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