Classic Chocolate Frosting Recipe


A delicious, go-to recipe for chocolate frosting is one of those things that every baker should have in their recipe arsenal, and this rich chocolate frosting recipe is second to none.  Definitely delicious with Classic Yellow Birthday Cake, this frosting can even be used on chocolate cupcakes for a double dose of chocolate!

Classic Chocolate Frosting

Classic Chocolate Frosting

½ cup butter, melted

⅔ cup cocoa powder

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

⅓ cup milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

MIX butter and cocoa powder on low speed until smooth.

ADD 1½ cups sugar and half of the milk, combine.

ADD vanilla and remaining sugar and milk.

BEAT for 1 minute until fully incorporated. Scrape the bowl as necessary

FROST and fill an 8-inch cake or 24 cupcakes.

Chocolate Frosted Cake

Comments (10)


How do you get your chocolate icing so dark and yummy looking? Mine is always lighter than that but I want to achieve the darker look...thanks for the help!


To get that luscious dark look, use a really good quality cocoa powder. Cacao Barry is one of the best. It's rich, dark and very chocolaty.


I use this recipe all the time; however; I whip it for 5 minutes (and I add 1 TBSP of Kahlua if making for adults) so delicious - and yes; you can pipe it on cakes; and it sets up really nice


Hi, I melt my butter in a pot on low, add the cocoa powder then the Skim milk...while still on low I add the powdered sugar-then the vanilla. I stir with a whisk and dip cupcakes or brownies or pour onto a cake...This actually hardens up like a ganache and is very yummy and smooth...discovered purely by accident! A perfect accident my hubby says! Give it a try!


how long does the frosting last, i only add water to mine and i was concerned that this recipe contains milk.


"Perfect Accident" sounds so good :) I wonder if it gives a shiny look as well.

The original recipe looks so good and creamy, a must-try thing.


I made this by halving the recipe for a batch of mini chocolate cupcakes I had baked. It came together very easily and had a wonderful texture. Although I did think that it was somewhat sweet when I taste tested  from the bowl but when I tasted a cupcake later on I found that all the ingredients had blended together to create a very wonderful frosting. I will be bookmarking it and using often.