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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Just finished making this frosting. Delicious. I finally have a go to chocolate frosting recipe!!!
Wonderful Heather!!Thank you for tking the time to come back and comment, I appreciate it!
Bunny this is seriously the BEST recipe! I choose it because you used the least amount of ingredients and because of the well-deserved rave reviews. I made an extra half recipe since I was frosting a round cake….and because of all the people who said they ended up eating it without making it onto the cake! There was plenty for the cake and just enough for me to snack on when I was finished with the cake. 😁
Thank you Gina
Wonderful yummy recipe. I got some little butter lumps but that was my fault for not reading the directions about melting the butter first. I highly recommend this.
Thank you Terri!
I made this tonight and my aunt loved it.. but being the idiot I am, I checked that I had enough of everything except the sugar.. SURPRISE! Not enough enough sugar. So I had just about two cups. But it actually came out well, as my family doesn’t like an overly sweet frosting anyway, plus a couple of us are diabetics so less sugar is better.
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve done that Holli. You get excited about making something something and find out you don’t have enough of one ingredient. I’m so happy it worked out for you! Thank you for coming back to comment, I appreciate it!
This frosting is EXCELLENT! Thank you for sharing. I used 2% milk. And, since I ran out of regular Hershey’s Cocoa, I used 1/2 of the regular and 1/2 of special dark Hershey’s. Result was perfection! I, too, appreciate a recipe that is not heavy butter, yet holds up well for both taste and looks.
Your welcome Joan!! I love Hershey’s cocoa I use it for all homemade baking. But then I’m a Pennsylvania girl and we love Hershey LOL! Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment!
and forgot to add…I did 1 1/2 times the recipe and was just right for a 2-layer 8″ cake. I used it for the filling between the layers, skim coat and complete frosting on the top and side. Added some blue and green decorations…and my 7yo granddaughter LOVED it!
I followed the recipe but the taste is still a little bitter. what kind of cocoa powder do I need? Sweet or unsweetened?
Noell I always use Hershey’s baking cocoa. It’s not sweetened.
This is now my go-to chocolate frosting! I just tried it to today and it was so smooth and DELICIOUS! Thank you for the fantastic recipe!
Your so welcome sweetie, thank you for taking the time to come back and comment!
This is my go to chocolate frosting….rich, creamy and so chocolate.
Thank you Melody!
Bunny, I have been making this cocoa frosting for years and it never fails. It proves to the baking chocolate and morsels snobs that plain old cocoa rocks. I do add a good heaping teaspoon of light Karo syrup to mine. Just adds a nice touch. Hands down best topper for brownies.
Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Thank you Martha
Just made this. Think I went wrong with the conversions ( UK based) nothing a bit of icing sugat didn’t fix though. Is delicious! I’ve checked many times just to make sure…..Still delious 😊 Thanks xx
Thank you Jacqueline
Excellent! I enjoyed this frosting very much. Thank you for sharing it.
Thank you Laurie.
Oh my goodness! I love this recipe! I’ve been searching for the perfect chocolate frosting, I have finally found it. Thank you!
Thank you Bex
Best recipe I have used for chocolate frosting!!! I was even able to sub the vanilla for mint for my triple chocolate thin mint cake.
Thank you Kina
Amazing! It turned out perfect. I had to hide the left overs from my 3 boys 😉 They said it was the best frosting I’ve made yet!
Thank you Peta
Another great recipe that turns out great!!! Made the frosting for a birthday cake and it turned out perfect…this frosting is not too sweet and not greasy at all. Thanks Bunny!
Your welcome Ericnaz
This icing is INCREDIBLE! I had some mishaps mixing the melted butter and cocoa powder (it was way too thick). So I just added more butter to get a smooth texture with the cocoa powder, this led to needing more powdered sugar. I also used buttermilk because I already had it from making my cake. Overall, i love this icing recipe! easy to follow (and easy to fix if you mess up!) and really tasty :).
Thank you Jennifer.
Ended up with liquid. Needed a ton of powdered sugar to thicken it up. Tasted good though!
Thank you Ingrid
So easy and deliciously good! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Lea
It’s really awesome! This will quickly become a favorite in our house!
Thank you Olga.
I’ve made this before and it’s perfect! The kids all loved it and so did my husband! Will be making again and again! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you Rochelle.