Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe


The Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe is essential when it comes to birthday cakes and other celebrations around my house.

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe | ©

It compliments so many delicious cakes and cupcakes, but my favorite is when it paired with my favorite chocolate cake recipe, chocolate cupcakes or even my white cake recipe. But seriously, it is pretty delicious on anything it touches. Like a spoon works just fine, too! Ha!

Thankfully, this chocolate buttercream frosting recipe comes together quickly and makes plenty of buttercream frosting to frost a three layer cake or three dozen cupcakes beautifully.

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe | ©

Here’s my Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe. I can’t wait to hear how you love it.

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Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is an essential when it comes to birthday cakes and other celebrations. Get this family favorite, perfect chocolate buttercream frosting recipe.
  • 1½ cups butter (3 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  1. Add cocoa to a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer. Whisk through to remove any lumps.
  2. Cream together butter and cocoa powder until well-combined.
  3. Add sugar and milk to cocoa mixture by adding 1 cup of sugar followed by about a tablespoon of milk. After each addition has been combined, turn mixer onto a high speed for about a minute. Repeat until all sugar and milk have been added.
  4. Add vanilla extract and espresso powder and combine well.
  5. If frosting appears too dry, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If it appears to wet and does not hold its form, add more confectioner’s sugar, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.

Robyn xo


  1. 137

    Eza says

    I am from Singapore so some of the wordings I don’t really understand. When you said 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks) – what does 3 sticks mean?

    • 138

      AJ says

      3 sticks of butter is equivalent to 12 ounces by weight. I think this would be about 340 grams.
      Hope that helps!

  2. 142

    Georgia says

    I loved this recipe & paired it with the best chocolate cake recipe {ever} for a perfect birthday/congrats-for-the-new-job cake! Thank you so much…I love using espresso powder so much!

  3. 145

    lynn says

    I love the flavor of this frosting and it is perfect on the best chocolate cake. My adult daughter was thrilled with this as her birthday cake. The frosting never got the smooth look that it has in your photo. it stayed a bit grainy looking, though it felt smooth. Any ideas where I might have gone wrong?

  4. 146

    Mama says

    What a great recipe! I added peanut butter and used quality cocoa to come out with a brilliant combination! Thank you!!


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