5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Easy chocolate buttercream frosting recipe, requiring simple ingredients. Use this light and fluffy chocolate buttercream icing for piping cakes, cupcakes.

Servings: 4 cups
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 884 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz


  • 1 cup Sugar Granulated
  • 8 tbsp Cocoa powder Unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp Meringue powder optional
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips Semi sweet
  • cup Flour All-purpose
  • ¾ cup Milk Whole or heavy cream
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Shortening
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract Good quality or vanilla emulsion oil
  • ½ cup Sugar Powdered


  1. Add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Heat this mixture on medium heat while constantly whisking or you can end up with lumps. When you have a smooth and thick mixture, remove this saucepan from the heat and let this mixture cool down completely in the fridge.
  2. Now, in a microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips and heat them at 15 second increments until they have completely melted. Don't let the chocolate burn. Let the chocolate cool down on your countertop. You want it to be soft and not very hot or else your frosting will melt.
  3. When the chocolate and the flour mixture have cooled down, we can put everything together. In a deep bowl, add shortening and butter and mix until they are properly blended.
  4. Add the flour mixture and melted chocolate and mix again.
  5. Finally, add powdered sugar and meringue powder. Mix again until everything is properly blended and fluffy.
  6. Refrigerate this frosting for about 45 minutes until the frosting firms up a little. It should still be soft and pipe-able and not rock solid. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 884 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Potassium 731mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 134g 45%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 108g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 42.2%
Vitamin C 21.4%
Calcium 15.7%
Iron 18.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.