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Rich Chocolate Frosting Recipe

My husband, Doug, loved his chocolate groom's cake that was topped with this smooth, creamy frosting and accented with chocolate-covered strawberries. Some were made to look like tuxedos.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:32 servings


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 9 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups milk


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Add enough milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Yield: about 8 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 255 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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MKEgal User ID: 6678775 246606
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

"This is very rich!

And with a mixer, it would be very very simple. Soften the butter while the whatever is baking, then mix this up while it's cooling.
I made the whole recipe because I'm making a quadruple batch of brownies (two 9x13" pans). Will probably still have some left over.
9 cups of sugar is 2 pounds (1 bag) 1.5 cups
2 cups of butter is 1 pound (4 sticks)
Next time I make this, I will sift the sugar. That's the only thing that went wrong (lumps) and it's entirely my fault for not thinking ahead. It can probably still be saved with some more elbow grease. Just cosmetic; still tastes decadent."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 246147
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"Perfect recipe! I cut it in half to frost 1 cake (two 9" layers). I still used 1 tsp vanilla.

- Theresa"

todmar User ID: 5047859 235288
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"Best ever chocolate Butter Cream Frosting I ever had. Not too stiff, just perfectly creamy. Luscious!!!"

fosterfree User ID: 8254236 220186
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"My whole family absolutely loved this frosting! They just kept asking for more! Like other reviewers i cut the recipe in half, and it worked perfectly for a batch of cupcakes! Creamy melt in your mouth chocolate frosting! I have tried many recipes for chocolate icing, but this one is by FAR the best! I did add extra sugar, to thicken it up, making it the perfect amount of sweetness. Worked perfectly for a last minute recipe!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 218925
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"Love it!"

thin4life User ID: 1891649 204245
Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"Excellent frosting recipe. This is a rich chocolaty frosting, will definitely make this my go to recipe when ever I need a chocolate frosting recipe."

Traceann User ID: 570169 204244
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"I've searched for years to find a chocolate frosting that I liked, that was chocolate-y and would decorate cakes and cupcakes and this one is the best I personally have ever made. This will be my go-to chocolate frosting from now on! I halved the recipe, and had enough to frost a double layer cake and about 18 cupcakes - which was fine with me, more chances to eat it! I also did add a bit of espresso powder to it and it was yummy that way too :)"

Brandy30 User ID: 6896677 30294
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"I decorate cakes for a living and this is the best chocolate icing I have ever made. I cut the recipe in half but for the amount of cupcakes I made I needed the entire recipe. I also substituted the butter for shortening. I will absolutely keep making this icing, it's by far the best:)"

Babsy_Boop User ID: 6209926 36044
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"Delicious fudgy taste - made half the recipe and worked perfectly for a round two-layer cake."

lxc283 User ID: 5653846 88565
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"Just wasn't sure about this recipe. I made double chocolate cupcakes for a bake sale and I used this frosting. The temperature in which the sale took place was warm in the morning hours, so the frosting just gooped over the edges of the cupcakes. Mainly because of the butter. I wasn't happy about that. I stored the frosting in a sandwich bag overnight and just slit a corner of the bag to frost the cupcakes. Taste was good, consistency not good. Maybe I did something wrong. I would've tried to thicken it a bit, but I ran out of confectioner's sugar."

00moose User ID: 4110701 53510
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"I tried this recipe for a birthday cake for my father who believes there is no such thing as too much chocolate. He loved it so much he ate half the cake in one night. I found the frosting not as sweet as I like my chocolate, but that's what he loved about the frosting. It had more of a cocoa flavor than a typical chocolate bar. I have so much frosting left over I am going to make cookies to use it up. It is a great recipe if you prefer semi-sweet chocolate. But it makes a LOT of frosting."

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 86193
Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"This chocolate frosting was exactly what it should have been. I used this to substitute for canned frosting and it turned out perfect. This is now my recipe for chocolate frosting. I did cut it down in half and then in half again for a sheet cake size."

Chocolateeyes User ID: 3861604 31569
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Very Very good! So creamy! An excellent chocolate frosting.... I believe one of the best around!"

cherie.godbey User ID: 5806117 204243
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"Very good, made with "Cinnamon Mocha Cupcakes" was absolutely delicious!"

maball User ID: 4420592 53508
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Yum yum yum! My daughter ate this and not the homemade cake I made...I cut down the powdered sugar and 1/2d the recipe."

khorsenut User ID: 5749142 47079
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"quick and easy, and very tasty"

sarahsandra User ID: 4049042 94969
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"very easy and good. I used with the Cinnamon Mocha cupcakes instead of purchased frosting."

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