Adding Melted Chocolate To Buttercream

Baking By Unisteph Updated 4 Nov 2009 , 12:56am by Bethkay

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Unisteph Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 5:11pm
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I use the standard Wilton buttercream recipe....crisco, water, vanilla, powdered sugar, and meringue pwd. Wilton says to add cocoa to make chocolate buttercream. I was wondering if anyone ever added melted chocolate to the recipe instead? Wasn't sure if the melted choc. would break down the buttercream consistency.

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bashini Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 5:59pm
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Hi, I haven't made that recipe to make my bc. I use butter, powdered sugar and flavouring to make my buttercream. I have added melted chocolate to that. I left the melted chocolate to cool down a bit and then add it to the bc. Sorry not much of a help.

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millermom Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:07pm
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careyi does it with the basic Wilton recipe. You might try to pm her.


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KHalstead Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:16pm
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I've added it to my regular buttercream (which is premade) and had no problems.......the melted chocolate doesn't add as much of a chocolate flavor as the cocoa powder does though. I've also added chocolate syrup to get a nice dark color

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metria Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:18pm
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Nope! I've done it with the Wilton recipe and love it. Their recipe on


3/4 cup cocoa or three 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares, melted

This recipe is a little different than what you listed. I've made this chocolate recipe several ways: with all cocoa, mix of cocoa and melted chocolate, and all chocolate. I prefer making it with the melted chocolate. It tastes way better than that chalky bitter cocoa powder. When I made it with 2 oz chocolate and 1/4 c of cocoa, it tasted best. I also think the consistency is much better than their non-chocolate buttercream. Perhaps the extra fat helps it hold up well? I've noticed it pipes better.

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Sweet_Guys Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 12:35am
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We do it all the time. Like the others have said, the melted chocolate will not give you as rich of a chocolatey taste as say, cocoa or syrup. However, it makes the frosting taste like a malted milkshake.

We add the melted chocolate as the last step.


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Unisteph Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 12:39am
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Thank you all so much for your responses. I am going to try playing around with it tonight!!

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Bethkay Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 12:56am
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I do not use the Wilton recipe, but do add chocolate to my bc. I substitute about 3 ounces of cocoa for the powdered sugar, and then add 2 or 3 ounces of melted chocolate. I agree with the others--cocoa powder gives the icing a stronger chocolate flavor and darker color. The melted chocolate helps smooth out the consistency, because cocoa powder can make the icing a little gritty.

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