Chocolate Buttercream

This rich Chocolate Buttercream is a staple in any chocolate lover’s recipe collection.  It’s deeply chocolatey and wonderfully creamy. It’s also not too sweet!

This buttercream is wonderful on German Chocolate Cake or any kind of cupcake.

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Chocolate Buttercream

Makes: 2 & 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 & 1/2 cups (420g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (41g) unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp (45ml) heavy cream or milk, plus more as necessary
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high speed and beat for 1 full minute. Add 1/4 cup more confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder if frosting is too thin or another tablespoon of cream if frosting is too thick. Taste. Beat in another pinch of salt if desired.

Use immediately or cover tightly and store for up to 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer. After freezing, thaw in the refrigerator then beat the frosting on medium speed for a few seconds so it’s creamy again. After thawing or refrigerating, beating in a splash of heavy cream or milk will help thin the frosting out again, if needed.

Quantity:

This recipe is enough to frost 12-16 cupcakes or a thin layer on a 9×13 inch quarter sheet cake. It will also frost the top of a 9-inch naked cake.

Ingredients

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