Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting!

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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

chocolate buttercream frosting

How to Make Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting!

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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!

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Amazing Chocolate Buttercream
Author: Holly
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  • 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
  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 flavour,decrease cocoa powder to 1/2 cup.

Nutrition Information

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

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

7 comments on “Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting!”

  1. I have been using Dark Cocoa powder in mine. It’s delicious!

  2. Hi! It’ 2 cups and 2/3 cups of icing sugar or just 2 cups 2/3 size? Thanks!

  3. How much frosting does this make?

  4. I may be dumb but just what is icing sugar ??

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