Day 247 – Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


I knew I wanted to frost the little man’s birthday cake in chocolate icing, but I didn’t want to use the premade stuff. I had never made a chocolate frosting from scratch before, so I was on the lookout for frosting recipes on Pinterest. I found a winner!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or 1/2 pound), softened (but not melted)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract (I used vanilla)
  • 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream (I went all the way and used heavy cream)


1. Cream butter for a few minutes in a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Turn off the mixer.
Side Note: I hate when recipes assume you have a stand mixer. Believe me, I would love to have one! No need to rub it in that I don’t have one.

2. Sift 3 cups powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl. Turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the dry ingredients do not blow everywhere) until the sugar and cocoa are absorbed by the butter.

3. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add a little more sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add additional milk/cream 1 tablespoon at a time.

I almost modified this recipe because I thought 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar was ridiculous. Wouldn’t that make a really sweet frosting? No, it makes the most perfect chocolate frosting I have ever had. Seriously. This frosting is perfection.

Savory Sweet Life


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3 Comments… Share your views

  1. Looks delicious!! Is it really necessary to “sift”? I’ve always wondered if it would make any difference if you didn’t.

  2. I love the colours involved

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