Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe

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Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting

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Enjoy this quick easy chocolate frosting on your next batch of cupcakes, brownies or cake.  It’s simply delicious!  Use my quick easy chocolate frosting recipe to dress up a simple box mix or as a nice addition to cupcakes made from scratch!

We made yellow box mix cupcakes with this Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting for LuLu’s 7th birthday.  They were a huge success and everyone loved the frosting!

*I tried making Whole Foods Yellow Cake Mix from scratch but those didn’t turn out right, so I ended up with back-up box mix :(  They were still delicious – thanks in part to the icing!

Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting:

Ingredients:

1 stick butter, softened
3 Cups powdered sugar
1/2 Cup Cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
5-8 Tbsp half & half (or milk)

Directions:

  1. Whip butter and vanilla together in mixer until smooth.
  2. Mix in cocoa and then slowly add in powdered sugar
  3. Add half & half 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached (the more half and half the creamier/thinner your frosting will become)
  4. Frost 1 9in cake or about 24 cupcakes – Note based on a comment: if you use a lot of icing, you may need to make a double batch.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • ½ Cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5-8 Tbsp half & half (or milk)
Instructions
  1. Whip butter and vanilla together in mixer until smooth.
  2. Mix in cocoa and then slowly add in powdered sugar
  3. Add half & half 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached (the more half and half the creamier/thinner your frosting will become)
  4. Frost 1 9in cake or about 24 cupcakes

 

Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe

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Comments

  1. Holly says

    I must use a ton of frosting, because this recipe only frosted 8 cupcakes. I added more powdered sugar and milk which added some sweetness but it went a bit farther. That said, I thought it was great and I will use it again. Thanks!

    • Dana Zeliff says

      Glad you liked the recipe! We must definitely not use the same amount of icing. I frosted an entire batch of cupcakes and still had some leftover. Thanks for letting me know, so I can update the post!

  2. Leah says

    Hi, I tried makig this but the icing was gritty. What are you doing make cocoa powder smooth? Also, is baking cocoa fine (is it what you were using)?

    • Dana Zeliff says

      Mine was nice and smooth – not gritty at all. I mixed in my Kitchenaid stand mixer, but a hand mixer should be fine. I do prefer a creamier icing, so I used closer to the 8 T half and half.

      I used Trader Joe’s Cocoa Powder – you can see a picture here: http://amzn.to/1Bhrjdw

  3. April says

    Just fixed this for a cake & it was really good! Used a little less milk to make it a little thicker..definitely would advise that on cupcakes..but this made plenty for a 9 x 12 cake

  4. Connie says

    This is the best frosting ever!! Everybody loves it!! I cut the recipe in half and still had enough for 20 cupcakes with some left over…I guess I use very little frosting. But it was really ‘whippy’ I whipped the heck out of it with my stand mixer and used very little milk. It wasn’t heavy or too thick it was just right. I cut up some strawberries and dipped them in the leftover frosting for a sweet treat another night, which was also a hit. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! :)

    • Dana Zeliff says

      Half and half is creamer – it’s like a mixture of milk and cream that I also use for coffee. At my grocery stores it actually says half and half.

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