Last updated on May 7th, 2021.

This Simple Chocolate Frosting is creamy, fluffy and easy to make. No thermometer or special skills needed to make this recipe in less than 5 minutes.

Simple Chocolate Frosting

There are countless frosting recipes. Some refers to it as buttercream and at most times the name comes with a geographic statement.

Well no worries my friends this one also has a home and it is red white and blue. Which is why it has a special place in my patriotic sentimental heart.

Now Let’s Talk About This Simple Chocolate Frosting:

  • This recipe calls for butter, but you can go a head and use shortening. It may effect the texture a bit and you may need to adjust the amount of liquid going in.
  • Feel free to omit the cocoa powder with 1 cup of melted chocolate. Increase butter amount to 1 1/2 cups (2 1/2 sticks). (skip the heavy cream)
  • To increase the chocolate flavor, add 1 tsp of espresso powder into the powdered sugar.
  • Sometimes the frosting can get hard after sitting for a while. My trick is to add 1 TBS of mayonnaise.
  • Please note that since there is milk and sometimes mayonnaise it needs to be refrigerated if not in use.


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Simple Chocolate Frosting

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttercream, chocolate, frosting
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 Cups


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, soften (226 g / 8 oz)
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Powdered Cocoa (85 g / 3 oz)
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar (500 g / 18 oz)
  • 4 TBS Full Fat Milk


  1. In A bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and cocoa powder until combined.

  2. Add the powdered sugar in 4 parts alternating with the milk.  (if adding mayonnaise add it with the last addition of the milk)

  3. Scrap the sides and bottom of the bowl and increase speed to medium.

  4. Continue mixing for 3-5 minutes.

  5. Use immediately.

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2 Comments on " Simple Chocolate Frosting "

  1. Dikla

    5 stars
    Aloha! I’ve scoured your blog looking for a simple chocolate cake recipe to go with this frosting to no avail. Is there a chocolate cake recipe to go with this? Thanks.

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