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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 79.4kcal



  • 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



  • Whip the butter for about 5 minutes using a paddle attachment (in a stand-up mixer) Add the salt.
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  • Mix in the cocoa powder on low speed.
    Chocolate Buttercream
  • Slowly beat in the confectioner’s sugar in batches.
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  • You may add the optional vanilla and coffee at this step. 
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  • Add the splash of cream.
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  • Mix until you have a fluffy, even consistency.
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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.


Serving: 35g | Calories: 79.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Trans Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 36.6mg | Potassium: 39.2mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.7mg