This easy frosting made with cocoa powder beats up nice and fluffy! It's rich chocolate flavor compliments both chocolate cakes and yellow cake! With just 4 ingredients it's ready in as little as 5 minutes to pipe on or frost your favorite dessert!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Easy recipe for piping onto birthday cakes or chocolate cupcakes!
- A deeply chocolate frosting for the chocolate lover in your life!
- Makes plenty of fluffy chocolate frosting for 2 dozen cupcakes or a 2 layer cake.
- Try this one for Chocolate Cake or Vanilla Cake!
- Cocoa - Yes, you need 2 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder. This is one of those go big or go home recipes. Also, DO NOT USE Hershey brand cocoa. It's cheap, bitter, and will cause your frosting to have a just plain nasty bite to it.
- Butter - Salted butter is preferable but unsalted butter is fine.
- Milk - I usually use 2% milk but you can use whatever you have. I've even used half and half or heavy cream.
Couple Things You'll Need
Step by Step Instructions
- Butter needs to be room temperature.
- In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk or paddle attachment, beat butter until very smooth.
- Beat in the cocoa at a low speed until very smooth.
- Add half the powdered sugar.
- Add half cup of the milk.
- Add the other half of powdered sugar.
- Whether you add more milk or depends upon what you want to do with your frosting. So add additional milk according to whether you want to pipe the frosting or it you want it very easily spreadable.
- You will also notice in picture 6 how light the frosting looks. This frosting darkens in color as it sits and it will become a very dark dark brown.
- Beat at a medium speed until you have a fluffy frosting.
- Scoop this delicious frosting into a piping bag or simply spread on a double layer cake!
- Store leftover frosting in an airtight container in the fridge. It will become quite solid in the fridge so allow plenty of time for the frosting to warm up to room temperature before you plan to use it.
Recipe FAQs and Expert Tips
Frostings are made with butter or shortening so they can be whipped up nice and fluffy. Icings are thin, have little to no butter and are made to be drizzled, poured and set up with a solid top.
No, but it will extend the shelf life. So for example sometimes I will make this frosting a day or two before I'm going to need it so I will store it in the fridge until the day I need it. Then let it warm to room temp for a couple hours before I use it.
To me Hershey chocolate has a very sour, tangy taste. Why? Some experts believe that's because some companies such as Hershey's puts its milk through a process called controlled lipolysis. This breaks down the fatty acids in the milk and produces butyric acid - the chemical that gives vomit its very distinctive smell and acrid taste.
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Rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 3 Cups 1x
- Category: Cake
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: American
This easy frosting made with cocoa powder beats up nice and fluffy! It's rich chocolate flavor compliments any cake or cookie! With just 4 ingredients it's ready in as little as 5 minutes to pipe on or frost your favorite dessert!
- 2 cups Room Temperature Butter
- 2 cups Cocoa Powder
- One 2 lb bag Powdered Sugar
- ½-¾ cup Milk
- Beat the butter in a mixing bowl until creamy and smooth.
- Beat in the cocoa powder a little at a time until it has all been added and the mixture is smooth and lump free.
- Add half the powdered sugar.
- Add ½ cup of the milk.
- Add the last of the powdered sugar.
- Add additional milk to get frosting to be the consistency you need whether it's just spreading it on a cake or piping it.
- DO NOT USE Hershey brand cocoa. It's cheap and bitter causing this frosting to have a nasty bite to it.
- When first made, this frosting is light brown in color but will turn a deep dark brown color after and hour or so.
- For an easy treat just spread this rich chocolate buttercream frosting between graham crackers and store in an airtight container overnight to soften. So yummy!
- If you want to cut this recipe in half, 1 lb of powdered sugar is roughly 4 cups.
Keywords: chocolate buttercream with cocoa powder, best chocolate buttercream frosting, fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting
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Could you use Hershey’s natural unsweetened cocoa?
Does this need to be refrigerated?
All I can taste is cocoa. What can I do to cut the taste of cocoa out?
My first question is, what type of cocoa are you using? I've made this recipe more times than I can count and while this is a deeply chocolately rich frosting, I've never had the cocoa be overbearing. However if one used a less expensive, off brand cocoa I could see that happening. I always use Ghirardelli. If you are using a good quality cocoa and it's too much for you I would just cut the amount of cocoa in half next time.
Soooo I used Hershey’s cocoa - and the cocoa taste is also a bit strong. How do I die down that taste?
Hershey's generally has an artificially bitter strong taste to it unfortunately. I think that if you add a little more powered sugar and a little more milk it may even it out a little.
This is my favorite frosting recipe!! Definitely something to eat plain with a spoon!!