I developed this chocolate recipe as a result of needing a crusting chocolate that could withstand the Texas heat. After I started a thread about ways to use Indydebi’s recipe to make a chocolate frosting, I have experimented with the different ingredients and have come up with a frosting that I love. So yummy I can eat spoonfuls at a time. Sinful to the waistline! Easy to smooth and crusts beautifully!

Crusting Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 3/4 cup chocolate milk (I use white milk with Hershey Syrup added in)
  • 1 heaping tsp instant coffee (added to the chocolate milk)
  • 3 Tbsp powdered Dreamwhip
  • 2 lb minus 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder


    Cream together the butter and Crisco. Add the cup of cocoa powder and Dreamwhip and mix until smooth. Then add the powdered sugar and milk mixture slowly to avoid the splash factor. I usually beat it all a good 5-10 minutes or until very smooth.

  1. (If I am making a cake that will sit outdoors in the heat, I use all Crisco. Otherwise, I use the butter and Crisco.)
  2. Enjoy!


Marvan704 Says... 2 Sep 2009 , 5:17am

In Puerto Rico dont sell Dreamwhip. What can I used to substitute that ingredient. Thnks,

jeepfreak33 Says... 2 Sep 2009 , 1:05pm

Dream whip is whipped cream.... if you cant buy an already made whipped cream..then you can google how to make your own.

momtofourmonkeys Says... 2 Sep 2009 , 2:34pm

Marvan704 - I am unsure of what could be used to substitute for the Dream Whip. Sorry.

Jeepfreak33 - Using whipped cream will not give you the same consistency. The Dream Whip must be used in powder form. Hope this helps.

Buttercream_warrior Says... 3 Sep 2009 , 12:56pm

im having to make a cake that will be outdoors..in fact on a boat..its going to be a grooms cake..if i omit the butter should i add butter flavor??

momtofourmonkeys Says... 4 Sep 2009 , 1:39pm

You don't have to add the butter flavor. It is all up to preference. I honestly couldn't tell much difference at all with flavor when I used all Crisco. The main difference was me being more comfortable with knowing the frosting wouldn't soften or melt. It probably would have been just fine with the butter in it but I didn't want to chance it.

kimelderbarton Says... 6 Sep 2009 , 7:11pm

Im wondering if I could sub. Choc coffee creamer (i use powdered creamer mixed w/ water & then flavor w/ choc syrup) for the milk so I wouldn't have to worry about spoilage from the milk, and avoid having to refrigerate?thoughts on this anyone?

CakeDiane Says... 7 Sep 2009 , 5:15am

LOVE this recipe!!! Thanks for sharing momtofourmonkeys!!!! I made it for the first time this weekend and used it as a filling---people LOVED it!

momtofourmonkeys Says... 7 Sep 2009 , 11:32am

CakeDiane- Thank you for the compliment!

Kimelderbarton - You can use the powdered creamer with water and syrup. I am not sure how it may effect the taste. On the other hand, you don't have to worry about the milk spoiling. All the ingredients work together to keep the spoilage from happening. I have had frosted cakes on my counter for days at a time without any spoilage occuring. No refrigeration needed unless the cake itself needs it.

snowqueen93 Says... 9 Oct 2009 , 3:56pm

I love this receipe! Thank you so much for posting it. It is sooooooooo good.

ShelleyMJ Says... 14 Oct 2009 , 7:51am

Where do you find the dreamwhip in the store? I usually shop at Walmart Super Center.

dnrlee Says... 15 Oct 2009 , 12:18pm

I love this recipe! I used chocolate raspberry coffee creamer in place of the milk and added a little raspberry swirl compound and it was awesome!

momtofourmonkeys Says... 15 Oct 2009 , 7:24pm

Dnrlee - the raspberry variation sounds absolutely wonderful! ShelleyMJ - were you able to find the Dreamwhip?

Gavriela Says... 18 Oct 2009 , 8:41pm

WOW WOW WOW! I made this frosting and it is sooooo Yummy, I filled the Amazing Chocolate Cake with the Costco (Small version) Mousse, and ooooohhhhhh ooooohhhhh my! Thank you!

HeatherDawnC Says... 20 Nov 2009 , 1:08am

On Kraft.com (makers of dream whip) you can do a search for the product in your area. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe! I usually shop at walmart but it didn't show up in the search but homeland did in my area so I'll be making a trip there. Hope this helps others too.

Jenique Says... 6 Jan 2010 , 7:45pm

What size cake will this recipe ice?

momtofourmonkeys Says... 7 Jan 2010 , 10:00pm

I have never measured out the exact cups but I can generously ice an 8 inch round and have icing left over to put in the freezer for the next time I need it. HTH.

sanche99 Says... 25 May 2010 , 7:00am

This is a great recipe! I did find that i neededa little more powedered sugar to make it stiffer, but the taste is fantastic! And you are right about beating it so long. Takes away the grittiness and makes it so smooth!

momtofourmonkeys Says... 28 May 2010 , 2:33pm

Thanks Sanche99!

Dnrlee mentioned the raspberry variation above. Another one is adding orange extract to the icing. Tastes like those chocolate oranges (chocolate candy) that you can buy. YUM!

For anyone that tries this recipe, please rate it. The first few that tried it and didn't use the correct ingredients, or didn't understand it, may have given it bad scores because the reviews from above don't at all match the rating votes that have been cast.

Sipot Says... 7 Jul 2010 , 1:02pm

I am wondering if there is a coffee taste at all? I need a chocolate frosting recipe for a 8 yr olds birthday party and i am decoratinga dog that is laying on it's belly so the tip that frosts like "hair"

momtofourmonkeys Says... 8 Jul 2010 , 8:28am

Sipot, there is no coffee taste!

cole12880 Says... 20 Sep 2010 , 9:19am

I followed this recipe and it came out perfectly. I substituted instant cappucino mix instead of the coffee since I had it on hand. Quite delicious and easy to work with. A full batch iced 3- 9" rounds well.

CakePubGirl Says... 15 Apr 2011 , 6:17pm

i have used this recipe time and time again, it is my favorite recipe I have found, it is sooooooo delicious! i usually am not interested in the icing as much as the wonderful fillings i make, but this icing is the exception and it spreads beautifully! :) very smooth, and thank you so much!

pattycake41 Says... 9 May 2011 , 1:00pm

To Sipot and cole12880: I fear you guys must have misread this recipe and the subsequent posts. There is no coffee taste in this frosting b/c there is no coffee in the recipe. Coffee "Creamer" is just that. Flavored CREAM to put in ones coffee. A multitude of flavors are available: chocolate, raspberry, Irish cream, amaretto, hazelnut, etc.- but I do not know of any "coffee" flavored coffee creamers. This recipe would be perfectly fine for a childs birthday cake.

momtofourmonkeys Says... 11 May 2011 , 6:50pm

Pattycake41, the recipe does indeed call for coffee. Instant coffee granules dissolve instantly in the chocolate milk mixture. Or you can use a tsp of actual coffee. I prefer using the granules. Some have used creamer and like it this way. I have never tried it with creamer.

I use the recipe for all my chocolate cakes. As long as you only use a tsp of coffee, you shouldn't be able to taste it. If you want a slight coffee taste for a "grown up" cake, use more. I did this for a "girls' weekend" and they all loved it!

akahoney Says... 14 May 2011 , 7:53am

how is this under fondant?

akahoney Says... 14 May 2011 , 11:56am

I just made the recipe and it is amazing and I want to keep eating it... lol

pattycake41 Says... 14 May 2011 , 8:00pm

Oooops! My face is red. I bet I read that recipe 5 times and never saw the coffee ingrediant. That's why I don't post very often as I usually end up being wrong. My apologies to all.

akahoney Says... 16 May 2011 , 11:49am

lol so funny pattycake I left out the coffee and realized it today that it called for it... I never put it in and it was still delicious

momtofourmonkeys Says... 21 May 2011 , 8:05pm

Pattycake41, no worries! ;)

Akahoney, glad you like it!

adontee Says... 16 Sep 2011 , 5:29pm

I just wanted to comment on this recipe. I have looked for a great crusting chocolate buttercream and Im glad I found this one. I made this today and it is just what I was looking for. It turned out perfect! Smooth very stable and delicious. I added a touch of salt as I usually do to cut the sweet a bit and it was great. I know some asked about the coffee in it but to be honest it works great for chocolate, it just enhances the flavor and it was just enough. Thank you for sharing. Its awsome!

Justforfun751 Says... 27 Sep 2011 , 12:08pm

ShelleyMJ - In case you didn't find the Dreamwhip, it is usually with the pudding and Jello mixes. Looks like a keeper of a recipe!

karukaru Says... 17 Apr 2012 , 8:16pm

Hi, I am assuming this is good under Fondant right?

momtofourmonkeys Says... 28 Apr 2012 , 4:43pm

Yes, it works great under fondant. :)

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