This frosting is deliciously rich, smooth, and packed with chocolaty flavor! It holds its shape very well so you can pipe anything from simple to intricate designs. The perfect frosting for almost any cakes, cupcakes, donuts, fruits, cookies, or tons of other treats!
I have an original chocolate buttercream frosting recipe up on the blog, but I wanted to share this gem as well!
So that begs a question: what's different?
The biggest difference is the fact that this is a full batch of buttercream frosting! The original post was intended mostly for small scale use (for me, that's usually brownies!). This recipe is for frosting larger cakes or bigger batches of desserts like cupcakes or cookies.
This recipe yields about 2 and ½ cups of frosting (verses the 1 cup of frosting from the old recipe). So that's enough to decorate a 9 inch (2 layer) cake or 12 cupcakes generously (and 24 cupcakes moderately).
The second difference is the addition of some instant espresso powder! I've always loved adding this to chocolate cakes because it hypes up the chocolate flavor (without leaving a coffee taste to your desserts). But recently I've been adding it to my frosting as well and I'm never looking back!
What to make with chocolate buttercream:
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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- ¾ cup cocoa powder, sifted
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
- 2 to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Add butter to a large bowl. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the butter has lightened in color and looks fluffier and creamy.
- Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt, espresso powder (if using), milk/heavy cream, and vanilla. Gently mix on low speed until incorporated, then turn your mixer up to high speed and beat the mixture for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
- If the mixture is too dry, whisk in more milk/heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency. If the mixture is too loose, gradually add in more powder sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time.