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chocolate buttercream piped onto table

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Learn to make the best chocolate buttercream frosting with this easy recipe! It tastes amazing and is perfect for frosting cakes and piping onto cupcakes! I use it all the time and it’s always a hit!


  • 1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups (403g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (57g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 48 tbsp (60-120ml) heavy whipping cream (or water)
  • 1/4 tsp salt


1. Add the butter to a large mixer bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.
2. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth and well combined.
3. Add the cocoa powder and mix until well combined and smooth.
4. Add the vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of water or cream and mix until smooth and well combined.
4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth and well combined.
5. Add more water or cream until desired consistency is reached, then add salt.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 3393
  • Sugar: 412.4 g
  • Sodium: 625.3 mg
  • Fat: 192.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 445 g
  • Protein: 9.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 496.5 mg

Keywords: chocolate buttercream frosting