This ONE Minute Easy Chocolate Frosting recipe is likely the quickest frosting you’ve ever made!

It comes together so fast and sets like a dream making this a go-to quick frosting recipe.  It’s perfect for topping cakes, brownies and more!

Life is busy you guys! But, I am a firm believer that we should not sacrifice amazing things, like dessert because of that! Instead of opting for something prepackaged, this frosting recipe is perfect for adding something sweet to any baked goods treat in just about one minute flat.


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I almost always have a big jar of homemade brownie mix on hand and when I whip them up, this is my go to topping! In fact, I’ve made this recipe a million times and used it to top everything from homemade chocolate poke cake to zucchini brownies.

This frosting sets very quickly, and when I say it really comes together in a flash, I’m not joking… ONE minute!! I use semi-sweet chocolate in this recipe, if you prefer a darker fudgy chocolate frosting, feel free to use dark chocolate instead!

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While this frosting is incredibly easy to make, please make sure that you have cake/brownies completely cooled and ready to go before pouring it onto your cake/brownies! If adding toppings like sprinkles/m&ms they must be added immediately or they will not adhere to the frosting.  You can really dress this up with anything and everything including nuts, candies, and sprinkles.  

Another great perk of this easy chocolate frosting is that the process of spreading couldn’t be easier! Simply tilt pan to “spread” around immediately after pouring.

If you have a little more time, try our Easy Chocolate Frosting recipe! So chocolatey, so decadent, and it pairs perfectly with cake, cupcakes, or even strawberries!

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One Minute Easy Chocolate Frosting

This ONE Minute Easy Chocolate Frosting recipe is likely the quickest frosting you’ve ever made! 1 Minute Chocolate Frosting comes together so fast and sets like a dream making this a go-to quick frosting recipe. It’s perfect for topping cakes, brownies and more!
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 18 servings
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  • cup milk
  • cup butter
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Combine butter, milk and sugar in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium high heat and let boil for 45 seconds.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla & chocolate chips until smooth and shiny.
  • Immediately pour over a 9x13 cake or brownies.
  • Let cool completely to set.


Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
4.93 from 498 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 145 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 62mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. This was a hit! Used artisan dark chocolate chips for this recipe on top of the Mayo cake. This turned out amazing! Very impressed.5 stars

  2. I’m so bummed! This was like fudge but it didnt stick to my brownies! I cut the brownies and the fudge frosting flew off! Guess we’ll eat it like fudge! :-(3 stars

  3. I made to top off my brownies. I used dark chocolate chips and it was literally like fudge!
    The recipe is easy, simple and divine!5 stars

  4. this is absolutely the best frosting I have ever made for my brownies! I was wishing I’d left more in the pan to eat with a spoon!!! :)5 stars

  5. Hi. It turned out perfect but I want it to be little sweeter. How much milk more will be needed if I add a bit more sugar. Do I need to increase butter too?5 stars

    1. I”ve only tried this as written and can’t say for sure how to change it without changing the consistency.

  6. Do you need to refrigerate after it’s set? Or can i leave out? Just curious with milk being in the frosting recipe

    1. I do not refrigerate this once set. If you’re keeping it for an extended period of time you certainly could refrigerate it.

  7. I made this to top a gift of Cosmic brownies for my friend. It is super fast, easy, and yummy. I would probably half the recipe next time to get the perefect frosting to brownie ratio because I had extra. It does set very quickly so have your brownies or cake and sprinkles ready before you start making it.5 stars

  8. Great and easy Chocolate frosting. Unlike many recipes where the chocolate is to be melted over a Bain Marie, this one was simple and easy to make. I live in India and the granulated sugar here is much sweeter than the one you get in the US and so my icing was a little sweet but otherwise very good texture and soft and easy to spread. Thanks for a quick and excellent recipe. I used it over a chocolate cake.5 stars

  9. Is the icing suppose to taste gritty or smooth? I like the flavor but not sure if i messed up. I guess the better question should be, does the sugar dissolve?
    Thank You4 stars

      1. Yeah I tried it 3 times tonight for my brownies. Just very gritty. The flavor was there though. Hmm?2 stars

      2. Hmm, not sure what went wrong, Gina! This recipe usually works great for our readers.

      3. Just a thought: overcooked chocolate becomes very gritty. It’s important to take the pot off the heat before adding the chocolate to avoid this. It should melt on its own in the hot sugar mixture with some whisking.

        I made this recipe for the first time today and it came out great! Thanks

      4. Great tasting frosting. Sometimes mine turns out perfectly. Sometimes it is gritty with undissolved sugar. I always remove the pot from the stove prior to adding the chocolate and it dissolves easily. I am unsure why the grittiness sometimes. I live on the east coast and wondered if it needs to boil longer or to a specific temperature (like making candy)?4 stars

      5. Making sure that the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth in step 2 before adding the chocolate should help. You could whisk it while it is boiling a little to make sure.

    1. Sugar cane sugar (C&H) has a smoother consistency and dissolves when cooking frostings, fudge and anything with a caramel flavor. Other sugars like Crystal and store brands, which are usually sugar beets, do not dissolve as well.

  10. Question– Should I let the cake cool completely before frosting? Does it matter, since I’m putting it all in the fridge to set anyway?

    1. I would let the cake cool slightly before topping with the frosting but it should be fine either way, Jesse.

  11. This was so good! I was skeptical because of the reviews, however this is what I found….
    It took a full 85 seconds to make. That includes taking all goods from fridge and cupboard, Heating up liquid, stirring for 45 seconds and stirring in chocolate and vanilla, pouring on cooled brownies. Yes. It is complete liquid. Cool in the fridge and let it set. I didn’t time it- maybe one hour? The best and easiest icing ever. Thank you for a simple and Delicious recipe.5 stars

  12. I made this recipe with a little less sugar, milk and chocolate but at the end I thought it was a little thin and bitter (I used dark chocolate kisses) and added 1/4 cup powdered sugar. It was not like soup as others have suggested. I poured it and tasting it warm I can tel you this is a mega rich fudge style frosting. Reminds me of ganache. I poured them over my sheet of peanut butter bars and I know it’s going to be freaking tasty. I’m not a fan of peanut butter but my boyfriends been asking for them so I knew I needed something extra for me to enjoy them too. This recipe will become a staple when I make peanut bars in the future!4 stars