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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Easy chocolate buttercream frosting recipe, requiring simple ingredients. Use this light and fluffy chocolate buttercream icing for piping cakes, cupcakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 4 cups
Calories 884
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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the flour mixture and melted chocolate and mix again.
  • Finally, add powdered sugar and meringue powder. Mix again until everything is properly blended and fluffy.
  • 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!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftover icing can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 


Calories: 884kcal | Carbohydrates: 134g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 731mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 108g | Vitamin A: 2110IU | Vitamin C: 17.7mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 3.3mg