Ever wanted to know how to make your own chocolate frosting?
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Ever wanted to try your very own chocolate icing recipe?
You’re not alone. Learning how to make chocolate frosting is something so many of us want to do. I used to be the one going to Pinterest to try to figure it out, but then when the time comes….well, life gets busy! Let’s face it: how often do you go to look things up on Pinterest just to run to the store and grab the fastest thing off the shelf?
I want to make sure we stop that today! Learning how to make your own chocolate frosting is so much easier than you think!
Why should you keep a chocolate icing recipe handy instead of simply buying a jar from the store?
I think that chocolate frosting is just as important to making a delicious cake as the cake recipe itself.
Actually, I may even say that a chocolate frosting recipe is more important than the cake recipe.
We often try to find the perfect cake recipe, just to put store-made icing on the cake. But if you want to really wow people at a birthday or another party, it’s the frosting or icing that will grab their attention!
(Trust me. As amazing as this small chocolate cake recipe is, people always want to know about the frosting!)
Is learning how to make your own chocolate frosting actually easy?
You bet it is! I’m definitely not for false advertising. How many times do we go to Pinterest to try to look up “easy ________ recipes”, just for there to be complicated ingredients that we have to go on some crazy scavenger hunt at the store to find?! (Or we used to before Amazon. Now I just use Amazon Prime to go on my crazy scavenger hunts, LOL!)
But when I say that this is one of the easiest chocolate frosting recipes to make, I mean it. It usually only takes me about 10 minutes to whip this incredible chocolate icing together.
On top of that, the chocolate frosting flavor is beyond excellent. The texture is smooth and soft. It melts in your mouth in the most incredible way.
Just be warned: everyone and their neighbor is going to ask you for this recipe.
Just how much frosting does this chocolate frosting recipe make?
This recipe we have here is designed to make two cups of frosting. I love the recipe this way because it is just enough to frost a 13×9 inch cake.
Of course, you can always cut this recipe in half if you are making a 9-inch cake. Win-win situation!
One thing to note though:
If you decide to make a layer cake, I would recommend to either make one and a half batches or to double the recipe. You want enough chocolate frosting to frost the inside layer, the sides, and the top.
The secret ingredient to this chocolate icing recipe…
There is one secret ingredient to the recipe.
Okay, it is not secret at all, but the secretive part is it is what makes the flavor richer than any other chocolate frosting you have had in the past!
This is the ingredient that will make people wonder: What is different about this recipe compared to other chocolate frosting recipes?
To add the special touch to this recipe, you want to make sure to find really good unsweetened cocoa when making the chocolate frosting. (Click that cocoa link if you want to avoid that in-the-store scavenger hunt we were just talking about! Again, I want to make this as easy as possible for you!)
You want the chocolate flavor to be rich and amazing. Homemade Chocolate Frosting has the richest chocolate flavor!
Anything else I need to know about this recipe before I begin?
Nope! It’s literally that easy. Unless you need to know the obvious: the chocolate frosting literally glides across the surface of the cake. You’re going to be obsessed with this recipe- you’ll never want to go back!
You are going to love how simple this chocolate frosting is to make. Why buy prepackaged when you can make homemade? You will be the hit of any party and will be able to surprise people when you are able to tell them that the chocolate frosting was made from scratch. Make sure you pin below for later so you can share it with anyone who asks how your chocolate frosting was so delicious. Enjoy!
PIN IT FOR LATER
If you looking for more delicious homemade chocolate recipes from Bunny’s Warm Oven try one of these !
Chocolate Bottom Banana Cake...Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Bars…Homemade Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting…Orange Milk Chocolate Cupcakes...Almond Joy Chocolate Torte
Homemade Chocolate Frosting
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2/3 cup cocoa
- 2 - 2/3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. Add the cocoa, stir until the mixture is smooth and thick. Remove the pan from the heat and place the cocoa mixture into a medium size bowl. Let it cool slightly.
- Add the milk and vanilla alternately with the powdered sugar to the bowl and beat with an electric mixer or whisk until you have the spreading consistency you desire.
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My son and I made this last night for your basic golden cake w/chocolate icing. The taste was fabulous, great texture and a joy to work.! Tysvm this is now my go to!!!!!
THANK YOU Carol!! You just made my day!!
Thanks for sharing. I am a frosting adventurer. I love trying new frosting methods. I have done Swiss buttercream and Italian buttercream and French buttercream and German buttercream as well as the traditional American. It’s hard to say which one i prefer! They’re all good. I thought this was interesting since you used melted butter and then gave it body with the sugar rather than using soft butter. I must try this one.
Oh you really do love your frosting Rachel! Thank you for stopping by!
Love this frosting recipe – so easy to make and tasty!
Thanks for sharing!
Your welcome Laura!
Love this recipe. This doesn’t have the bitter chocolate taste, somewhat like mocha taste that my kids and I don’t like. Yes I ended up with a little less frosting do to numerous tastings!
Haha! You just Have to taste it Laurie! Thank you for taking the time to comment I appreciate it!
YES Diana, it will help keep the frosting smooth. Let me know what you think!
It turned out great! I did sift first just because I have always done that in other recipes. It turned out great…the whole house smelled like chocolate and my granddaughter loved her cake
I always sift the cocoa, flour and/or powdered sugar in recipes. Pretty much eliminates lumps and makes for a beautiful and smooth consistency.
Used this recipe to frost my homemade eclairs, and it was DELICIOUS. Saving it for many future uses! Thanks for sharing it!
Thank you Kerri!
Hi Bunny! I made this frosting tonight on a chocolate cake and it turned out great! I’m soooo picky with icing but this is by far my favorite recipe. It really reminded me of a bakery I used to live down the street from when I was a child. My mom LOVED the neopolitan cakes the bakery had, and I’m planning to make her one this year for her birthday. I’m going to try to make versions of this frosting in strawberry and vanilla. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks so much ! 🙂
Wonderful Sara! Sweetie I wouldn’t even know where to begin adapting this to strawberry and vanilla!
Recipe was delicious. Simple and fast, thick and not too powder sugary. Had to force myself to put the remaining frosting in the fridge instead of testing the rest to make sure it tastes good from start to end! I ended up having to put some extra butter to mix my cocoa so it was smooth and then extra milk and extract for desired consistency. I probably used too much dry ingredients anyway. Loved it though and will be my only go to chocolate frosting recipe! Thanks for sharing.
Wonderful Michelle!! Thank you for coming back to comment!
I made this and it’s little too sweet. It’s good but sweet
Very tasty! I used about 3c confectioners sugar for a thicker consistancy
Nice Will! Thank you for coming back to comment, always love to hear how a recipes goes for you!
Hi Bunny – this chocolate frosting is amazing!!!! Rich and thick and I love that it uses real butter. nothing like it!
Thank you Allie, you just made my day!
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I operate a home based bakery and have been looking for a different chocolate frosting recipe…and I have just found it! This recipe came together quickly and the results are beautiful and delicious. I made it according to your instructions, however, I always use unsalted butter, so I added 1/4 teaspoon salt. I also didn’t have whole milk, but used half & half, which was perfect. For those of you use bake by weight, I’ve included those measurements below.
1/3 cup (79 g) unsalted butter
2/3 cup (58 g) cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
1/3 cup half & half
2 2/3 cups (300 g) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
I sifted both the cocoa powder and the powdered sugar, which really helps with the silky smooth consistency. Great recipe, Bunny!
Fantastic Stacie! Thank you for the weight measurements hun, I hope your customers love it. Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment Stacie!
This recipe was a savior. Made it last night in last minute and put’em on the fridge and when it’s cold and thicken on the cake, it became more delicious. Thank youuu!
Fantastic Olly!! Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment. You made my day!
Love this recipe! Thank you for sharing. So easy and delicious.
Thank you Ebel for taking the time to come back and comment!
Wonderful recipe! Easy and tastes amazing
Thank you Robin!!
Found this recipe and just made it. Yummy!! So easy to throw together. Thank you so much for this recipe. This is definelty a keeper!! Cannot wait for my girls to get home from school and try it.
Thank you Faith, I hope your girls loved it!
Thank you!! Super easy and a great consistency and taste.
Thank you Kim!
I’m definitely using this recipe for my exams hope I get my A bunny☺
I hope you do too Sharon!!!