Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is essential when it comes to birthday cakes and celebrations. It’s a favorite chocolate buttercream frosting recipe!

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.

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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 to 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.

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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.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
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.

1,437 comments on “Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe”

  1. Hi, I want the icing to be less sweeter! 5 cups icing sugar feels too sweet for me. Any tips to make it less sweeter and still have a perfect consistency? 

    • Just don’t add as much sugar! It sounds simple and it really is, the consistency is perfect as long as you add one cup of sugar and one tablespoon milk at a time.

  2. I made a gluten-free chocolate cake for my granddaughter’s birthday as per her request. This is the frosting I decided on because it looked like it would make enough to decorate a cake with maybe some left over. I have to tell you that we thought this was absolutely delicious! It went so well with the King Arthur Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake mix (I know—-a box cake, but it was really good!). This will be added to my recipe box! Thank you so much!!

    • Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the frosting, Marianne!
      I hope your granddaughter had a great birthday! Sometime when you feel like baking, I hope you try my Best Chocolate Cake Ever – I have instructions with it to make it gluten-free if you want. 😉
      Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the frosting! xo

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