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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I really like all your recipes..What a great teacher you must have had.. how lucky your husband and family are. Just made this icing. Delish!!
This recipe didn’t work out for me. One reviewer suggested using softened butter rather than melting it,…maybe that would help? End result is WAY too soft, almost liquidy. I cannot frost anything, it would run off the sides. I measured ingredients exactly and followed instructions carefully. I then added more powdered sugar to try to stiffen a bit and became way too sweet. I melted unsweetened chocolate and whipped that in and it helped. It’s now possibly thick enough to frost without spilling off my cupcakes, but it’s not thick enough to pipe and hold shape. It’s a shame, I used really good quality ingredients and had high hopes (it looks lovely in the pics posted with the recipe). The search for a luscious chocolate icing continues! Thanks for sharing the recipe though!
Thank you for the feedback. I’m sorry you had issues with the recipe.
Super easy! And sooo fun! Tastes Amazing!!!!!!
Thank you Norah!
So it came out really good, even though I messed up. I didn’t melt the butter and the cocoa before putting in the rest of the ingredients lol! (Oops) oh week now I know for the next time. Lol but I had no complaints from this chocolate lover family. You can taste the simplicity of it. No nasty chemicals or preservatives. Can’t wait to try it the RIGHT way next time!
Thank you Ashley!
Delicious and light on top of my cupcakes!
Thank you Crystal!
Do you use salted or unsalted butter?
salted Butter Rebecca, I rarely use unsalted butter for anything. Let me know how it goes for you.
I’m so proud of myself right now lol! My preschooler wanted to make a cake today- we had boxed mix so said go for it. No frosting. Super preggo and don’t want to run into town (30 min driving) for just frosting. This just turned out perfect and so easy and I don’t think I’ll ever buy can again! I melted the butter in microwave to save a pan and worked great
it is good and so easy!
My husband says it’s just like his mom’s homemade frosting she used to make for his birthday cake as a kid. Thank you, he loved it!
Omg!! This frosting is absolutely amazing! There was more than enough for the cake which was a bonus for me cause I got to eat the left overs haha. Seriously delish and so simple to make
So glad you enjoyed the homemade chocolate frosting recipe!
so good! I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Bridget!
I tripled the recipe, added 1/4c butter and maybe 1/2 tsp salt (added a little at a time to my tastes) and it is amazing! If yours is runny, make sure it is cooked the whole way, the butter will set up more then. I’ve been looking for a chocolate frosting recipe that was this good for a really long time, thank you!
Wonderful Jenn! Thank you for the advise, it will be very helpful to other people making the recipe!
Can I use chocolate syrup instead of cocoa??If so..do I use more?or less than ?
Wanda I’ve never used chocolate syrup honey. I don’t know what that would be like after it’s made.
I was worried at first because of the initial thickness of the cocoa and butter and how much icing sugar vs milk but it turned out great! Definitely had to use my electric mixer. I was out of vanilla so used orange brandy. 😉 Turned out wonderful on my oatmeal chocolate cake!
Oh girl Orange Brandy! I bet that was so good! I absolutely love chocolate and orange together. Thank you for taking the time to comment Erica, I appreciate it!
This was good, but it turned out super dark. I followed the recipe exactly, but it was still dark. Not sure why but it was super great!
This is now my go to chocolate frosting recipe. It always comes out perfect, and isn’t too sweet. I have to double the batch if making a layered cake, but the recipe as is is perfect for a standard sheet cake. Thank –I use the recipe all the time!
Easy and awesome
Easy and awesome , will be my go too from now on
Hands down the best chocolate frosting ever! Best consistency and easy peasy!
This is one of the best icing I’ve ever made!! So easy to make. The kids absolutely loved it. Don’t think I will buy chocolate icing from the store ever again!! Thanks.