Use this icing for dipping cookies or ice cupcakes. Could also be used as a filling.


  • * 4 tablespoons butter
  • * 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • * 2 tablespoons milk
  • * 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • * 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    1. In a saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then add milk. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
    2. Sift together cocoa and confectioners sugar. Blend into butter mixture and add vanilla. If consistency is too stiff, add more milk.
    3. Spread Quickly over cooled cake, as frosting will set up very fast.


dadsdaughter Says... 5 Apr 2011 , 6:47am

Does this icing taste like the dark choc. fudge icing you buy in a can (Duncan Hines or Phillsbury)?

carmijok Says... 6 Apr 2011 , 4:39pm

dadsdaughter...why would you want it to taste like gross canned frosting? I would hope it tastes fudgy and rich. I'd even think about adding a melted square of unsweetened chocolate to it for an even more chocolately taste. I think I'll try this recipe!

amberc727 Says... 9 Apr 2011 , 12:19pm

I agree with carmijok, the thought of anything tasting like canned frosting..yuck! I bet this one is good, I'm going to have to try it.

veronica970206 Says... 9 Apr 2011 , 5:35pm

It sounds really yummy, is it a dark color frosting or a pale brown? Im in search for a super awesome dark brown chocolate icing, I tried a few on here & got no where :( Thanks in advance 4 sharing :)

simplysouthern Says... 13 Apr 2011 , 4:08pm

Yum, can't wait to try this, thank you for sharing!

TX_girl Says... 16 Apr 2011 , 5:47pm

This is awesome! I did add an ounce of unsweetened chocolate because I was afraid 1T. of cocoa wouldn't be enough and it turned out great!

jennyfur1980 Says... 17 Apr 2011 , 4:08pm

sounds good

JGMB Says... 2 May 2011 , 7:36am

I used a heaping Tablespoon of cocoa and it was delicious. It was nice and thick enough to use as a filling.

dadsdaughter Says... 12 May 2011 , 6:05am

so far, Duncan Hines dark choc. fudge icing has the real fudgy flavor. I'll try this, but want to know if you can ice and decorate with it. It was mentioned that it sets fast.

dadsdaughter Says... 13 May 2011 , 6:55am

This is very good, but not what I'm looking for. I want a receipe for choc. fudge buttercream. Same consistancy as regular buttercream, judge dark choc. fudge flavor. The receipes I've seen so far are more like Ganach, a poured icing. The only can icing I use is Duncan Hines dark choc. fudge for this reason, can't get a receipe for anything like it.

simplysouthern Says... 18 May 2011 , 6:16am

dadsdaughter, have you tried the recipe for chocolate frosting on the back of the Hershey Unsweetened Cocoa box? It is hands down my most requested chocolate frosting. Its fudgy and smooth but spreads great and will crust enough to get a clean finish if using on the outside. SUPER easy to make too, which HELLO huge bonus! I have a german chocolate cake in my pictures that was frosted with this icing. I use it all the time for filling and also topping my peanut butter #1 best seller!! Anyway try it out and let me know if you fall in love with it like I did!

sweetbeesbakeshop Says... 25 May 2011 , 7:33am

I needed SUPER dark chocolate for some penguin cupcakes, I was unable to get the dark color I wanted along with the sweet taste without it tasting like pure sugar! I made a basic fudge frosting, like the one above, but added a little black gel food coloring! Worked perfect!

SweetDreams98 Says... 3 Jun 2011 , 9:55pm

this tastes great but as stated is hard to spread (even as a filling). Thanks for the recipe!

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