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Chocolate Butter Frosting

A smooth delicious chocolate frosting great for decorating.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: decadent, homemade
Yield: 12
Calories: 228kcal


  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk or light cream


  • Melt chocolate in microwaveable bowl on high 30 seconds, stir. Microwave 30 seconds more, stir. Continue heating and stirring in 10-second increments until completely melted. Cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla.
  • Using electric mixer, cream together butter, powdered sugar, and milk.
  • Add chocolate and continue beating until thoroughly combined, scraping sides as needed. Frosting should be light and fluffy.
  • Add more milk as necessary for desired consistency. (see notes)


Frosting consistency: frosting a cake should have easily spreadable frosting (add more milk). Piping cupcakes (or decorating) can use a stiffer consistency.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg