The Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe essential for birthday cakes and celebrations! It’s the best chocolate buttercream frosting I’ve ever tasted!

The Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is definitely a must  in my house! This Chocolate Buttercream is by far the best I’ve ever tasted and is frequently requested for birthday cakes and more!

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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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!

How to Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

To make this delicious frosting, first add cocoa to a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer. Whisk through the cocoa well to remove any lumps.

Then, cream together the butter and cocoa powder until well-combined. Then, add sugar and milk to the 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. Please make sure  you mix it like this – it makes the frosting into fluffy, delicious perfection!
You’ll then add your vanilla extract and espresso powder and combine well.
If your frosting appears too dry, add more milk, only one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If it appears too wet and does not hold its form, add more confectioner’s sugar, only one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.

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

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

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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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Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 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

  • Add cocoa to a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer. Whisk through to remove any lumps.
  • Cream together butter and cocoa powder until well-combined.
  • 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.
  • Add vanilla extract and espresso powder and combine well.
  • 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.
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

You may also want to try my White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe as well.

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  1. I love your buttery chocolate frosting, its delicious. Every time my husband craves chocolate cake, he wants the frosting to go with it. Booth recipe from your best chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. And, both recipes are to die for. Thanks again. You made my husband a happy man, really. He’s hard to satisfy when it comes to chocolate cake. 2 thumbs up to you.

  2. This is a VERY delicious frosting! I made it exactly as directed. There have been so many requests for how much frosting this recipe makes that it would be nice to have it answered in the recipe. I had to do a search on all comments to get a sense of the quantity. After I finished making it, the frosting almost filled a 6 cup storage container, so I’m going to say it makes between 5-6 cups if you beat it according to the instructions. I had enough to fully frost a two layer, 9×13 sheet cake, including the crumb coat and enough to have a pretty thick layer in the middle and on the top/sides…and lots of little tastes along the way! So as other reviewers noted you should have enough to do a 3 layer 9 inch round cake.

    I used the following in my recipe:
    Salted butter (I prefer a little salt in my sweet things)
    Guittard Cocoa Powder (Rouge)
    2 teaspoons Cafe Bustelo espresso powder

    This is a keeper for sure! Thank you very much!

    1. Thanks, Lorna, I’m thrilled you love this frosting recipe. I’m sorry you missed this information in the post: “makes plenty to frost a three layer cake or three dozen cupcakes beautifully”.

  3. Perfect. Buttercream isn’t a difficult thing to make but the proportions are very important and these are just right. I love the addition of coffee to cut a little of the intensity of sweetness. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Easily one of the best chocolate cakes/cupcakes ever. Makes 18 good size cupcakes. When you make it , it is very loose. I thought for sure I had screwed up something. I wouldnt change a thing. However the frosting is alittle too sweet. Delicious recipe.

    1. Hi Robyn

      Which stand mixer attachment should I be using? Paddle or the Whisk attachment to mix the frosting?? Thanks in advance. Can’t wait to make this for my wife’s birthday this coming weekend.

      Cheers
      Saj

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