A photo of chocolate buttercream frosting beautifully piped on top of a cupcake.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

An easy recipe for a deliciously decadent chocolate buttercream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Calories 79.4 kcal
Author John Kanell



  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs confectioner's sugar 680g
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter 339g, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder 50g
  • 3/4 tsp salt 4g
  • 2 tsp coffee 10mL, optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 7mL, optional
  • splash heavy whipping cream



  1. Whip the butter for about 5 minutes using a paddle attachment (in a stand-up mixer) Add the salt.

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  2. Mix in the cocoa powder on low speed.

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  3. Slowly beat in the confectioner’s sugar in batches.

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  4. You may add the optional vanilla and coffee at this step. 

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  5. Add the splash of cream.

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  6. Mix until you have a fluffy, even consistency.
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Recipe Notes

For a light and fluffy frosting try whipping up a batch of Swiss or Italian meringue buttercream. Both use whipped egg whites to create a light and fluffy frosting. Mix in 1/2 cup of melted and cooled dark chocolate and a teaspoon of espresso powder for an amazing fluffy chocolate icing.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving (35 g)
Calories 79.4 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Trans Fat 1.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 36.6mg2%
Potassium 39.2mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 0.2g0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.