Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM frosting – need I say more?
You can use this frosting for anything you like – cakes, whoopie pies, cupcakes, etc.  And licking the bowl or spoon is totally allowed (Arkadi’s favourite part!).  So here’s the recipe:
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Makes 3 cups
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To frost a layered cake – put a little frosting in the middle of your serving platter, add the first layer of cake.  Add frosting to the cake, enough to cover the entire top of the cake and a little bit more.  Then add the second layer of cake.  Lightly frost the entire layered cake then continue to add frosting to the entire cake.  I used an offset spatula to add and smooth out my frosting.  Then to decorate, I simply used a butter knife to add interesting grooves and edges.  You can also use a tablespoon to decorate or keep the frosting smooth.


Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 and ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  1. Cream the butter first for a few minutes with a paddle attachment on medium speed. Turn off mixer. Then sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into the bowl. Turn the mixer into the lowest speed (very important unless you want to inhale the sugar and cocoa powder) and mix until the sugar and cocoa powder are absorbed by the butter. Then increase the mixer speed to medium, add vanilla extract, salt and milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes.
If your frosting is more stiff than you like then add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too thin, then add a little bit of powdered sugar at a time until desired consistency is reached.


  1. says

    Hi there! Thanks for your comment on my Blog!
    I´m a huge fan of chocolate icing and the best is when you have the base recipe you can add any flavour combinations you want 🙂
    Have a good week!
    Johlene Xx

    • Sarah & Arkadi says

      HI Johlene! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment here! Glad to meet another chocolate icing fan!

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