Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Many home bakers ask how to make easy chocolate buttercream frosting. A simple definition is the following: Chocolate buttercream is a rich, fluffy frosting made with cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. This easy recipe is quick to make with just 5 simple ingredients.

Chocolate buttercream frosting is great for cakes and cupcakes. It’s thick, fluffy, and gluten-free, making it a family-friendly choice. This homemade frosting delivers a decadent chocolate flavor that everyone loves.

What is Frosting? Frosting is the larger category that includes various types of buttercream, but also types based on cream cheese and other bases.

For more delicious buttercream frosting recipes including the vanilla buttercream frosting, check out the for What is Buttercream Frosting, Italian Meringue Frosting, and the Classic White Layer Cake. And if you have cravings for a Chocolate Cake recipe, try this one.

Why we love 💖🍫 this perfect chocolate buttercream frosting

  • This frosting is delicious and has a rich flavor.
  • It’s easy and quick to make.
  • Perfect for decorating and piping.

🥄What kitchenware you need to make this favorite chocolate buttercream frosting

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • measurement cups
  • Hand Mixer (or stand mixer if you prefer)

📝Ingredients to make this recipe

  • Unsalted butter: room temperature, for a smooth and creamy base
  • Cocoa powder: use natural unsweetened cocoa powder for rich chocolate flavor
  • Powdered sugar: adds sweetness and smooth texture
  • Whole milk: to achieve the perfect consistency
  • Real vanilla extract: enhances the chocolate flavor

These simple ingredients make a delicious chocolate frosting for your desserts. We don’t use heavy whipping cream for this recipe as we want it lighter and without the extra fat.

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🕓Instructions: How to make chocolate buttercream frosting

mixing butter and cacao powder to make the chocolate buttercream frosting
Mix the butter and cocoa powder in a large bowl
adding confectioner's sugar to the mix making the chocolate buttercream frosting
Add powdered sugar to the mix
Stir in milk and vanilla extract
Stir in milk and vanilla extract

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FAQs about Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

How can I use this frosting?

This frosting is delicious over cakes, cupcakes, cookies or anything else you can put frosting on! We used it to decorate our decadent Triple Layer Chocolate Cake! Use this recipe with any cake recipe or cupcake recipe as the frosting of preference.

What type of butter should I use in this chocolate buttercream recipe?

Use high-quality unsalted butter for the best flavor. American butter has less fat, making the frosting softer and lighter. European butter, higher in fat, gives a richer taste and off-white color. Brands like Kerrygold and Plugra are excellent choices. The key is to use softened butter at room temperature.

What temperature should the butter be?

Ensure your butter is at room temperature, around 68-70 degrees F. It should be soft enough to press a finger through without force. Too soft, and the frosting will lack structure; too firm, and it will have lumps.

How can I “fix” too runny or too stiff buttercream?

If your buttercream is too runny, add more sugar. If it is too stiff, add more milk.

Can I add other flavors to chocolate buttercream frosting?

Buttercream is the perfect vehicle for adding flavor to a cake. The rule of thumb is to add enough of the ingredient to flavor the buttercream without changing the consistency too much. The chocolate buttercream frosting is perfect on its own as it is flavored with cocoa powder. It does not need any additional flavors. If you really want to, you can add dried fruit for an extra layer of flavor.

How should I store chocolate buttercream frosting?

Store at room temperature for up to 24 hours, though refrigeration is better. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature before remixing.

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Stir in milk and vanilla extract

Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

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Many home bakers ask how to make easy chocolate buttercream frosting. A simple definition is the following: Chocolate buttercream is a rich, fluffy frosting made with cocoa powder, butter, confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla. This easy recipe is quick to make with just 5 simple ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 878 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large mixing bowl
  • measurement cups
  • hand mixer

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Mix the butter and cocoa powder in a large bowl until well blended
  • Add the powdered sugar
  • Mix on low-speed until all of the sugar is combined
  • Stir in milk and vanilla extract, if using, to reach desired consistency

Notes

  • This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of buttercream
  •  
    It is good to decorate a 3-layer cake baked in 8-inch round cake pan
  •  
    It can be used to first 12 cupcake
     

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 878kcalCarbohydrates: 120gProtein: 3gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 4gSugar: 111gVitamin A: 1.424IUCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
Keyword American buttercream frosting, chocolate buttercream, chocolate buttercream frosting, chocolate frosting
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Stir in milk and vanilla extract

Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

wedesserts
Many home bakers ask how to make easy chocolate buttercream frosting. A simple definition is the following: Chocolate buttercream is a rich, fluffy frosting made with cocoa powder, butter, confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla. This easy recipe is quick to make with just 5 simple ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 878 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large mixing bowl
  • measurement cups
  • hand mixer

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Mix the butter and cocoa powder in a large bowl until well blended
  • Add the powdered sugar
  • Mix on low-speed until all of the sugar is combined
  • Stir in milk and vanilla extract, if using, to reach desired consistency

Notes

  • This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of buttercream
  •  
    It is good to decorate a 3-layer cake baked in 8-inch round cake pan
  •  
    It can be used to first 12 cupcake
     

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 878kcalCarbohydrates: 120gProtein: 3gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 4gSugar: 111gVitamin A: 1.424IUCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
Keyword American buttercream frosting, chocolate buttercream, chocolate buttercream frosting, chocolate frosting
Tried this recipe?Tag @theistravels on Instagram and hashtag it #wedesserts. Follow on Pinterest @wedesserts

5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)

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