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Dark Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

We've intensified the flavor to make Dark Chocolate Buttercream Icing an amazing way to finish your cakes and cupcakes.
Makes: About 3 cups.
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Step 1

Cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add cocoa and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Step 2

Add 3-4 tablespoons light corn syrup per recipe to thin icing if desired. Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

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solid vegetable shortening

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

butter or margarine

1/2 cup butter or margarine


1 cup cocoa (or)

unsweetened chocolate squares, melted

7 (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate squares, melted

confectioners' sugar

4 cups (approx. 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar (sifted)


4-5 tablespoons milk

light corn syrup

3-4 tablespoons light corn syrup ((optional))



Electric mixer

Electric mixer

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Dark Chocolate Buttercream Icing is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a really easy recipe... I get tons of compliments on it every time I use it. A couple of suggestions though. 1. Butter TASTES better with this recipe than margarine. I have made it with both and prefer butter. 2. I've used melted chocolate as well as cocoa and I prefer the cocoa. I usually use Hershey's Special Dark. I haven't tried it with the regular cocoa because the Special Dark is SO good! 3. You will probably need every bit of the 4-5 TBS of milk. Possibly more. There was one time I didn't use enough and getting the frosting to pass through a tip killed my hand. 4. Make sure and sift the powdered sugar. That SHOULD go without saying but I did make it in a hurry one time and skipped that and it didn't turn out as good. I get more compliments on this than when I make my Grandma's chocolate frosting and she made cakes professionally.
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By far the absolute best buttercream icing I've ever made. Used the Hershey Special Dark powder that others mentioned and it was so rich and delicious. Will be recommending this to everyone. I did not use the light corn syrup. What exactly would this do for the recipe?
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious chocolate flavor and easy to decorate with! What more you could you want in an icing! It does crust quickly when using the unsweetened chocolate.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my favorite chocolate icing recipe, and I've never had any complaints! So creamy (the corn syrup makes it!) To previous poster... you're not supposed to use granulated sugar, it's confectioner's sugar.
Date published: 2011-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made my own version of the Costco All American layer cake for my son's birthday. This frosting was excellent, I used Hershey's special dark cocoa, whipping cream instead of milk and corn syrup and it turned out extremely dark and rich, excellent match with the 6 layers of dark fudge cake and ganache. Wish I could post a picture!
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was super tasty!! I do not like most frostings because they are too sweet. I modified it slightly by cutting the confectionary sugar in half and not adding any milk (I needed very thick icing). I also used Hersey's Special Dark Coco.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and it really gives a darker color icing. I used the Hershey's Dark cocoa and it was so good. This is my favorite chocolate icing recipe. You will definitely need all the milk called for and I had to add even more.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this with Kroger brand cocoa, and replaced the milk and vanilla with brewed dark coffee. Then I thinned it with two tablespoons of milk because it was very thick. It's like in color, but dark and rich in flavor.
Date published: 2013-11-18
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