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Cupcake Frosted with chocolate buttercream

Rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • 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!


Units Scale
  • 2 cups Room Temperature Butter
  • 2 cups Cocoa Powder
  • One 2 lb bag Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Milk


  1. Beat the butter in a mixing bowl until creamy and smooth.
  2. Beat in the cocoa powder a little at a time until it has all been added and the mixture is smooth and lump free.
  3. Add half the powdered sugar.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of the milk.
  5. Add the last of the powdered sugar.
  6. 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.

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