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Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Item No. WLRECIP-42
3 cups
Prep Time
20 min
Skill Level
Total Time
20 min

Never frost treats with store-bought chocolate frosting ever again with this quick and easy chocolate buttercream frosting recipe. Like our traditional vanilla buttercream frosting, this light and fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting can be easily adapted for decorating or spreading. Perfect for spreading on top of birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other treats, this homemade chocolate frosting offers a sweet and delicious finish. Add more cocoa for a richer chocolate flavor or use cold brewed coffee instead of milk for an amazing mocha frosting, perfect for frosting any chocolate cake. This easy chocolate frosting recipe can be prepared to a stiff, medium or thin consistency for all your decorating needs.



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  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) room temperature unsalted butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • Notes:

    • Frosting too dry: If the frosting is too dry, add one tablespoon of milk at a time until reaching a smooth and creamy consistency.
    • Frosting too wet: If the frosting is too wet, add one tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time until reaching desired consistency.
    • Use room temperature ingredients: It’s important to bring all the ingredients to room temperature before mixing for the fluffiest results. Soften butter using a microwave in 2 to 5 second increments on the lowest power until reaching room temperature.
    • Cover bowl with a damp cloth: Keep the bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. This will keep the frosting from drying out.
    • To store: For best results, keep the frosting bowl in the refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this frosting can be stored for up to 2 weeks. Bring frosting back to room temperature and rewhip buttercream using a mixer before using.

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