Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting!

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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

chocolate buttercream frosting

I don’t know about you, but I always think of a cupcake as a “frosting holder”.  I’ve had good cupcakes, even really great cupcakes… but everything revolves around the frosting for me.

I can’t stand the store bought cakes with the frosting that tastes like lard.  Ewww!  I have no problem using a boxed cake mix, but my favorite is homemade chocolate buttercream frosting!

For my daughter’s 9th Birthday, she requested red velvet cupcakes with chocolate icing and horses on top.  Who am I to argue with a birthday girl!  I have a fabulous recipe for chocolate buttercream, it’s been in my “book” forever.  So, out came my beloved KitchenAid Mixer …

This recipe is absolutely amazing!  It is light and decadent at the same time.  You can adjust the amount of cocoa powder if you’d like a lighter or darker chocolate flavor!

Amazing Chocolate Buttercream

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Rich chocolate buttercream is easy to make and perfect on cupcakes or cakes.


  • 6 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk (room temp)
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla

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  1. Mix together icing sugar and cocoa. Set aside.

  2. Combine shortening and butter in a bowl.

  3. Combine milk and vanilla.

  4. Beat shortening and butter until creamed.

  5. Slowly alternate adding cocoa mixture and milk mixture
  6. Beat until combined and fluffy (approx 3 minutes).

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a lighter chocolate flavor, decrease cocoa powder to 1/2 cup.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 177, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 82mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 3.8%, Calcium: 1.6%, Iron: 3.8%

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

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