This recipe for Creamy Chocolate Frosting has my three favorite things:
- It’s delicious
- It’s budget friendly
- And my family LOVES IT
While we are going to make this frosting from scratch, to make the cake if you are short on time then use whatever cake or brownie recipe gets your zizzwheel a goin’ and then the icing is a cinch.
Is This Better Than Store Bought?
Well yes! Because what differentiates this recipe from the store bought kind is, of course, flavor. This frosting is absolutely exploding with chocolate. Its smooth, creamy, and causes everyone who tastes it to do a double take because by looking at it, you are expecting it to be store bought canned icing but OH NO, none of that plastic, preservative filled flavor here. This is the real deal my pretties!
- Cocoa powder
- Softened butter
- Powdered sugar
TIP To Make This Process MUCH Easier:
Make sure your butter is softened or this is gonna be a bear!
How To Make Homemade Creamy Chocolate Frosting Step by Step
In a large mixing bowl, place butter and sugar.
TIP: How to Make This Frosting Thicker and Richer
Now if you want this to be even richer and more decadent, you can use dutch process cocoa and you’ll end up with a dark chocolate frosting rather than a milk chocolate one. Either way, you’re pretty much set!
Add the cocoa and just a bit of milk.
Lost Your Tablespoon In The Abyss of Your Drawer?
I don’t like to search for a tablespoon when I cook most of the time so I just use the cap of the milk jug and eyeball it. Two tablespoons? I figure about three caps full will do the trick. Feel free to use a tablespoon and be more accurate if you like. I’m setting a bad example but sometimes y’all need a bad example….
Mix all of that up until creamy. This is gonna be really thick. At first it will be lumpy but stick with it and it’ll get all smooth like this, although still very thick.
Add the remainder of your milk and confectioners sugar.
Mix that up well.
Add vanilla and mix again, until it’s all smooth, silky, creamy, and chocolaty.
Dip your finger in to taste it…oh alright dip a spoon in if you must ~rolls eyes~ but your granny just dipped a finger in.
But everyone knows beaters don’t come clean unless someone licks them first!
Frost your cake with this silky smooth bit of heaven.
Dig in! Can’t wait to sink my teeth into that chocolate cake with chocolate frosting!! YUM!
- 3 C Confectioner's Sugar powdered sugar
- 2/3 C Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 Cup one stick butter softened
- 6 T milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a large mixing bowl, place butter, 1 C sugar, cocoa powder, and two Tablespoons of milk. Beat until mixed well and no longer lumpy. It will be thick. Add all remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.
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