Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is an essential when it comes to birthday cakes and other celebrations. Get this family favorite, perfect chocolate buttercream frosting recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Cake, Chocolate
Cuisine South Africa


  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer


  • cups Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 cups Confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Espresso powder


  • Add cocoa powder to a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer. Whisk through to remove any lumps.
  • Cream together butter and cocoa powder until well-combined.
  • Add sugar and milk to cocoa mixture by adding 1 cup of sugar followed by about a tablespoon of milk. After each addition has been combined, turn mixer onto a high speed for about a minute. Repeat until all sugar and milk have been added.
  • Add vanilla extract and espresso powder and combine well.
  • If frosting appears too dry, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If it appears to wet and does not hold its form, add more confectioner’s sugar, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.


This compliments so many delicious cakes and cupcakes, but my favorite is when it’s paired with the Best Chocolate Cake. It is literally the perfect chocolate frosting so it’s naturally so good on chocolate cupcakes or even Vanilla Cake. But seriously, it is pretty amazing on anything it touches. Like a spoon works just fine, too!
To Refrigerate
Place frosting in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 5 days. Once ready to use, remove from the refrigerator and allow to reach room temperature, then whisk well to fluff the frosting.
To Freeze
Place frosting in an airtight, freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Once ready to use, place in refrigerator overnight to thaw, then remove from fridge for a short time prior to use as described previously and whisk to fluff the frosting.
Keyword chocolate, frosting, icing


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