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!

Three stacked chocolate brownies

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


  • 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 496 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. I needed a recipe for chocolate frosting that I could pour over my piano cake and I found yours. It turned out to be delicious! It was easy just like you said. Everyone loved it and said it tasted like fudge. Thank you so much for posting it! I will be making it again!5 stars

  2. Pros:
    You most likely have all these ingredients on hand, which is how I wound up making it.
    Super easy to make!
    Pours/cools nicely and gave my brownie a professional look.

    Too grainy!
    Way too sweet! Felt like I was eating chocolate sugar. I’m a huge chocoholic and this was
    too much for me.

    Pro/con: Since it was way too sweet, that prevented me from eating more than 1 piece of brownie!

    I will try to make it again with less sugar and see what happens.3 stars

  3. Thought you would be interested to know that I have been making this frosting for about 40 years. My mother-in-law gave me the recipe, and everyone always loves it. I’m making it again today to frost a chocolate cake for a friend whose husband just passed away. It’s her favorite.5 stars

  4. After a couple times on my fudge brownies l must say… YUMMY .

    P.S. – I am disabled @ 64 yrs learning how to cook for myself. This is so easy.
    Praise the Lord.5 stars

  5. I don’t know how I managed to pick this recipe from the thousands listed but I am SO glad I did!! This is the perfect pour-over icing for brownies and sheet cakes and anything else you want to cover in fudge-y, yummy deliciousness! And I’m not gonna lie… I ate some by itself with a spoon Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.5 stars

  6. Description states to cool cake completely before pouring frosting in; recipes says pour frosting on hot cake. I’m guessing go with recipe but double checking. Making brownies for funeral dinner…..Thank you! Looks yummy!

    1. Sorry for the confusion Penny! You do want to make sure the cake or brownies are cooled before topping with the frosting as listed in the description. The recipe is talking about the frosting itself. You want to pour it over the cake while the frosting itself is hot. Hope that helps!

  7. I love this recipe and use it often and my oldest daughter now uses it as well! One question because I find that sometimes the icing sets nicely and stays firm with no problems. Other times it doesn’t. I definitely let it boil at least 45 seconds, but wondered what I can do to make sure it will harden each time. I know the temperature in the house can affect it as it is usually mid-70s in the summer and perhaps the chocolate chips could have an effect as I found they don’t melt as well if they aren’t fresh and in a sealed bag. The last time I made the icing, even with keeping it in the fridge for a couple of hours, it was soft and gooey when I serviced the brownies and never really hardened. Any advice you can give would be appreciated as I love this recipe!5 stars

    1. Hi Cynthia, this icing sets but doesn’t harden, it’s still soft when we serve it. But using fresh ingredients definitely helps to produce the best results. But we are so happy to hear that it has become a family favorite!

      1. Getting ready to make this tomorrow . Does it have to be stored in the refrigerator? Or is it okto Leave covered in the counter ?
        Thanks ,

      2. Hi Karen, It should be fine to be stored on the counter but for a firmer icing we recommend letting it set in the fridge. Hope that helps!

  8. Excellent recipe! Took way longer to read reviews than to make!
    Halved the recipe to top an 8″x 8 * pan of Vegan Brownies.
    For readers mindful of allergies:
    I used coconut milk but oat milk would work as well & plant based butter. Preferring a less sweet topping I scaled sugar down to 1/2 cup and not sure if I boiled to exactly 45 seconds but counted slowly a little higher…50. It was beautifully thick but still ‘pourable’ but not runny. Used ‘Enjoy Life’ 100% real chocolate dark morsels. Thank you dear Holly!
    Would that the Vegan Brownies were worthy of the topping..5 stars

  9. Perfect frosting! I made for cupcakes and I think this will be my go to recipe from now on! The frosting was warm and runny so I dipped and twisted the tops of the cupcakes in the frosting. It was fast, easy, they look professionally frosted!

  10. Made this to have a thin frosting on brownies in a 9×13 tin. I halved the recipe, used almond milk and only 1/2 cup of sugar, 60% chocolate (would use 70% next time) for a more chocolate taste. Poured it and spread it quickly to just cover top. As it is sweet it was just enough to balance the brownies. Delicious!!5 stars

  11. Can I use this on cupcakes? It’s sounds like it’s pretty runny when ready so not sure how much control I have of it. Cupcakes usually have a bit of a rounded top so I’m concerned about this frosting running down the sides

  12. I have made this so many times as written and it is the best brownie frosting ever! Don’t change a thing! For the reviewers that don’t like this recipe, they are doing something wrong. Make sure you just get the mixture to a rolling boil and then immediately take it off the stove and mix the chocolate and vanilla in and stir like crazy until the consistency that you want5 stars

      1. Make sure you are using butter and not margarine as butter will help the frosting thicken. You can also toss in a few extra chocolate chips to thicken it up as well.

  13. Excellent, best homemade frosting! I poured over your other recipe for the chocolate mayonnaise cake. I made cake in a bundt pan, after cooled and flipped out, just poured hot on top easy… came out moist and wonderful and this frosting on top made it out of this world! Thanks a keeper and will keep this recipe whenever I make a chocolate cake and frosting absolutely the best ever and sooo easy! Thanks for posting!5 stars

  14. This is the best frosting! I’ve made it over a dozen times, and I use it on gluten free and regular black bean brownies.

  15. I am obsessed with this frosting. My boyfriend made it as an afterthought for Valentine’s day brownies, and now I beg him to make it every time. It is perfection! Very fudge-like and I’m a sucker for fudge. I know some people complain about the sugar granules, but we actually love the texture because it’s so much like old-fashioned fudge. I think few will be disappointed. Thanks for sharing your recipe!5 stars

    1. You’re very welcome Amber! Thank you for sharing. What a lovely topping to Valentines brownies!