Desserts/ Recipe

Chocolate Buttercream

January 27, 2018 (Last Updated: March 10, 2019)

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A perfect chocolate frosting for everyday!

Chocolate buttercream frosting being piped onto a chocolate cupcake.

I’ve returned to the land of the living! Or at least that’s how I feel. I managed to get the flu and spent 6 days down and out! I know it could have been much worse so I guess I could say I’m lucky. But really that would be if I didn’t get the flu at all. 

I’ve managed to avoid getting sick for years. That’s no easy feet. I work in a germ factory, also know as an elementary school. I’m not kidding! Kids get sick! All the time! And they don’t know how to contain their coughs, sneezes and everything else. And then there’s the whole hand washing thing.

During my week of illness, I was unable to eat food, think about food, or blog about food. It happens. My appetite is slowly coming back and I’m making my list of what to make next. I made this chocolate buttercream awhile ago and just hadn’t gotten around to writing it up and posting it. It’s an amazing buttercream recipe.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I use a stand mixer to mix up this frosting. It does make the job quick and easy.  My mom always mixes this by hand. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her do it any other way. Either way works fine, just make certain your butter is softened before you begin.

This is the frosting I use when I make my chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes!

Piping a cupcake with chocolate buttercream.

Other Buttercream Recipes

Chocolate buttercream frosting being piped onto a chocolate cupcake

Chocolate buttercream frosting being piped onto a chocolate cupcake.

Chocolate Buttercream

Creamy chocolate buttercream frosting
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 363 kcal


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons cream or milk


  • Place butter in bowl. Mix until cream and smooth.
  • Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Mix until incorporated. Mixture will be thick. 
  • Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons of cream. Mix well. Continue adding cream until buttercream reaches the desired consistency. 
  • Use right away or cover in an air proof container and refrigerate. 


Calories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 46gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 165mgPotassium: 32mgSugar: 44gVitamin A: 655IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword buttercream, buttercream frosting, chocolate buttercream
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.




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  • Reply
    Ashley I Benstrends
    February 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    5 stars
    Looks creamy, chocolatey and the texture must be good. I love the many options it can be made from and how easy it can be done. I must try this with my kid! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    February 2, 2018 at 2:28 am

    This chocolate frosting recipe seems like the ultimate recipe I will use for my cookies and cakes, Kathy! Thanks for the simple, easy, and detailed instructions. Saving your post!

    • Reply
      February 4, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Thanks, Agness! It will quickly become your favorite, go to recipe.

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    January 30, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Yes please!! This buttercream looks heavenly!! Pinned. Take care.

    • Reply
      February 4, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Thanks, Stacey!

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    David @ Spiced
    January 29, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Umph…glad to hear you’re back in the land of the living. The flu this year is particularly bad, and I’m just waiting for it to race through Robbie’s daycare…which in turn means it comes home, too. (So far, we’ve been lucky.) And what a way to welcome you back after the flu with this buttercream post! It looks perfectly creamy, and I kinda just want to grab a spoon and dig straight in!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 28, 2018 at 5:43 am

    5 stars
    ‘Germ factory’ – that’s so funny!!! Happy to hear that you’re feeling better, Kathy! This looks like one creamy chocolately buttercream. I’d like to think delicious for cupcakes, but it would be tempting to eat straight up, lol. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Reply
    January 28, 2018 at 4:09 am

    5 stars
    This buttercream looks delicious and has the perfect texture!

    • Reply
      January 29, 2018 at 5:38 am

      Thanks, Natalie!

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    Melissa Griffiths
    January 27, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Oh flu season has been so bad this year – glad you’re feeling better! Buttercream is SO good – just the way to welcome yourself back into eating again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      January 29, 2018 at 5:34 am

      Thanks, Melissa!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Oh no Kathy! Glad you’re on the road to recovery. I’m hoping I can escape the flu this year. This buttercream looks delicious. It’s one of my favorite types of icing. Thanks so sharing. Get better!

    • Reply
      January 29, 2018 at 5:27 am

      Thanks, MaryAnn! I’m on the mend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    January 27, 2018 at 7:39 am

    HI Kathy, I remember several of your previous Butter Cream Icing posts- that certainly seems to be your specialty! I am envious of your piping technique- I can never get those ‘frills’ to come out nicely when I pipe (I probably need to get a different piping nozzle). Good to hear you’re feeling better!

    • Reply
      January 29, 2018 at 5:23 am

      Hi Fran,
      The piping tip does make a difference. I use a large tip when piping cupcakes.

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