Wilton Dark Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe Zoom

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

We've intensified the chocolate flavor to make our amazing Dark Chocolate Buttercream Icing the most delicious way to finish your cakes and cupcakes. This recipe was designed to achieve the absolute perfect level of sweetness for the frosting of every chocolate lover's dreams. This buttercream icing is extremely rich and creamy, while also remaining firm enough to use as decorating frosting. Pipe it on to a vanilla cupcake for delicious contrasting flavors or spread it on top of double fudge brownies for the ultimate dark chocolate treat.
Makes: About 2-1/2 cups
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add dark cocoa powder or melted chocolate and vanilla.

Step 2

Gradually add confectioners’ 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.

Step 3

Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. If icing is too stiff, add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches desired consistency.

Step 4

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, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)


1 cup dark cocoa (or 7 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly)

confectioners' sugar

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


4-5 tablespoons milk

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