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A bowl of chocolate buttercream with beaters.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

This simple chocolate buttercream is quick and easy to make and uses real chocolate. It's so good on top of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Course Condiments, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 tablespoons
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (see notes)
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar (use 1 ¾ cups sugar for a sweeter frosting)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter room temp, 4 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon cream or whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, slowly melt the unsweetened chocolate in the microwave until totally melted (use short intervals, about 20-30 seconds and stir in between). Set aside to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the butter to a large bowl and use a hand mixer to beat it until creamy, about a minute or two. Add the confectioner's sugar in small amounts, beating it until completely combined and very fluffy. About 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the melted & cooled chocolate, cream, and vanilla extract and beat until combined and fluffy, another minute. Adjust texture with small amounts of cream or milk as needed.
  • I store the frosting (and desserts frosted with it) in the fridge and allow to come to room temp for a few minutes before eating.

Notes

How much frosting does this make?
This recipe makes about 1.5 cups of frosting. Perfect for 12 cupcakes or an 8"x8" cake.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
Amount per Serving
Calories
80
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
31
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
26
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
126
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.