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chocolate buttercream frosting on chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 & 1/2 cups (approx.)


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 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.


Storage Instructions: Frosting will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge. Before using, bring the frosting up to room temperature to make it easier to work with.
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