This icing/frosting is rich and yummy and is better served at room temperature. Once chilled it becomes hard and fudge like. It is a great base for black icing for decorating, the strong fudge flavor over powers the black paste coloring.


  • 1/2 Cup Margarine, softened
  • 1/2 Cup +1 Tbls Vegetable Shortening
  • 5 Cups 10X Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Ghirardelli is my preference)
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 4 Tbls Milk


  1. Mix margarine and 1/2 cup shortening until blended. Slowly add 4 cups powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tbls of milk until creamy, set aside. Melt chips with 1 tbs shortening, mix until syrup like. This can be done in microwave…do not over heat. Poor chocolate into icing and mix well slowly adding additional cup of sugar alternting with 1-2 tbs of milk. Mix until creamy. Add black color paste if desired. Spread onto your favorite cake. Makes about 4 cups of icing. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Allow icing to sit until room temperature, then mix before spreading on cake.


tiffanyp23 Says... 2009-11-06 23:39:52

Will this icing crust?

tigercat1956 Says... 2009-11-09 06:03:05

Can you use butter intstead of margarine? We don't use margarine and hate the taste.

Trudy53 Says... 2009-11-09 06:52:15

I would mix in 1 tbs of Meringue powder into the powdered sugar before adding to mixture and that will make it crust.

dara69 Says... 2009-11-09 09:58:54

how much butter should I use in place of margarine? (margarine is one chemical compound away from plastic)

lauriekailee Says... 2009-11-11 12:49:47

has anyone tried this? I'm wanting to try it but wondering why the rating is so low? I wouldn't use margarine either, should be a straight substitution for butter - same amount.

MessMaker Says... 2009-11-12 15:39:48

what is 10X powder sugar??? is it the same as regular powder sugar ?

Shannellr Says... 2009-11-17 13:17:20

10X just means it's sifted 10 times more then what's considered to be "normal". But just an fyi, I make so much icing that I buy generic powdered sugar and off-brand names (like bulk at Sam's or store brand at Albertsons) and it's just fine and usually is also "10x" like the name brand. Personal preference I suppose! :)

peachcake Says... 2009-11-26 21:45:54

Sounds delish!

Cristan Says... 2010-06-15 08:12:33

I have made this several times and it is AMAZING!!! Every one Raves about it!!!! Thanks Msjenn for sharing!!!!!

boots314 Says... 2012-01-26 11:27:38

Can you use butter instead of margarien?

MrsJenn Says... 2012-05-19 10:00:36

Yes I often substitute butter for the margarine. It is a 1-1 ratio. Margarine has no cholesterol, high cholesterol is a problem in my family. It crusts just fine without meringue powder.

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