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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best chocolate buttercream, buttercream recipe, chocolate buttercream, chocolate buttercream recipe, easy chocolate buttercream

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Total Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
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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  • 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.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Robyn xo

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

1,255 comments on “Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe”

  1. This is the BEST choc buttercream receipe!  The espresso powder really made all the difference.  It made twice the amount I was expecting but that is a good thing.  Is it possible to store this for a few days?  If so, just refrigerate?


  2. Can heavy cream be used instead of milk ? and if so what is the difference in taste

  3. Do I need this full recipe to use with the “Best Chocolate Cake” recipe? I see that you said it makes enough for a 3 layer cake but that is only a 2 layer cake. I already made the cakes and plan to frost them in the morning for my sister’s 10th wedding anniversary. Thank you so much!

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