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.

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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 | ©addapinch.com

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.
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Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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Comments

  1. 209

    Violet says

    I LOVE this frosting! I make it with peered xylitol, and no espresso powder. I only use about 1 and a half powdered xylitol though, I think it’s just fine without 5.
    This frosting has actually saved a cake I previously made, and I’m hoping it’ll go well with this quinoa cake I’m making right now. Thanks!

  2. 210

    Cherylene says

    Hello everyone, I made this cake tonight for tomorrow’s ThanksGiving Holiday and all I can comment on for now is the Yummy Icing, I followed the exact recipe for the icing and I didn’t even need all the milk, I like a thicker icing. I will post after dinner to let everyone know how the cake was. Thank you Robyn for sharing your recipe and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  3. 211

    Alina says

    The best chocolate frosting I ever did! I love the texture and the pinch of coffee. I had to reduce the sugar amount a great deal since I’m from Germany and German recipes are a lot less sweet so I had to adjust.
    1 cup of sugar instead of 5 and a little bit less of the cocoa powder in case anyone wants to try it the European way ;)
    Thank you very much for this one. It was a big hit!

  4. 214

    margaret girgrah says

    I JUST MADE THIS BUTTER CREAM FROSTING MADE SOME CHANGES ADDED 200GR OF CREAM CHEESE AND INSTEAD OF SUGAR USED I AND A HALF CUPS ICING SUGAR AND NO MILK GOT A BEAUTIFUL CONSISTENCY AND SPREADS VERY EASILY.
    WILL LE YOU HNOW WHAT THE COMMENTS WILL BE AFTER THE DINNER PARTY.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY RECIPES

  5. 217

    Shazia says

    Hey the buttercream looks amazing. Is it okay if i use powdered sugar or icing sugar instead pf confectioners sugar?

  6. 221

    Agi says

    Hi Robyn, I”m baking your best chocolate cake ever right now for my fiance’s birthday which is only tomorrow. I was wondering if you’d recommend putting the frosting on the cake today or wait until tomorrow. If latter, is it OK to prepare the frosting today and apply it only tomorrow? Can it sit in the fridge for a day? Many thanks!

    • 222

      says

      You can go ahead and frost the cake today and doesn’t require being refrigerated, depending on your climate. Happy birthday to your fiance!

  7. 223

    Charlotte K says

    I made a third of this recipe to frost 12 cupcakes, and used only about 5 tablespoons of powdered sugar and one tablespoon of milk (all the other ingredients I used per the recipe, just divided by three e.g., one stick of butter, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, and 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder), and it turned out very well. Not too sweet, very chocolatey, and by far the easiest buttercream recipe I’ve tried to date (it’s great not to have to involve any whipped egg whites). Am looking forward to making it again.

  8. 225

    Laura Moore says

    Salted or unsalted butter? I’m making this for my grandmother’s 80th birthday this weekend. She’s going to love it!

  9. 227

    Athi says

    Hi Robyn,
    Tried your chocolate cake recipe using tofu as a egg replacer it came out very well . Thanks a lot. Planning to make this choco butter cream frosting too, I just wanted to know the shelf life? Does it stays fresh for a week if stored?
    Thanks

  10. 231

    Christie says

    Would it be okay to replace the cocoa with baking chocolate? I’m looking forward to making this for my family for Christmas.

    • 232

      says

      Hi Christie,
      You can. It will change the ratios of liquids to dry ingredients since you’ll be adding melted chocolate. You’ll just want to adjust to compensate.

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