Oct 30


Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe

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Happy Wednesday! Today’s post is quick, as is this easy chocolate frosting recipe…

It’s so delicious and simple to make – it’s become a staple in the classes I teach, especially when we have an event to prepare for and need to make a bunch of recipes in a short amount of time.


I stumbled across it when our school was donated some books such as this 1976 Better Homes and Gardens cook book. Although the savoury recipes we’ve tried are delicious, it’s this chocolate frosting one which was found on a hand-written recipe card inside has been the bonus hidden treasure!

If you’d like to try it too, the recipe is below…

And if you’d like to try a few other tried and true favorite recipes I use, which we used in our school-themed event the other night, here they are {click on the coresponding links}:


Cupcake Recipes:

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Buttercream

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Chocolate Cupcakes (No need to bake them in ice cream cones).


Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Fondant Apple Toppers:

The apples my high school students made were also simple to make – red, green and brown fondant formed in the shape of apples. Here’s a similar tutorial of how to make fondant pumpkins (just leave out the toothpick creases). The small leaf cutter is from this JEM cutter set. Hope you have fun making them too!

Happy baking!



Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Yield: Approx. 36 cupcakes


  • 2 cups (1 lb, 454 g) butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (4.5 oz, 128g), cocoa powder*, sifted
  • 10 cups icing sugar** (40 oz, 1.13kg), sifted
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk***
  • *Use the best quality cocoa powder you can
  • **a.k.a. confectioner's sugar, powdered sugar
  • ***preferably at least 2% milk


  1. In the bowl of stand mixer, using a paddle attachment, whip butter and cocoa powder together until well incorporated.
  2. Add icing sugar, stir, and slowly pour in milk until mixed. Add in vanilla extract and mix.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and whip on medium speed until light and fluffy (approximately 1 minute).

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  1. October 30, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    This frosting looks to be perfection! Thank you for the recipe!

    • March 3, 2015 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      Hi Marian =)
      i love it, are amazing and so good
      i ll make im my business from south/brazil
      thank you

  2. October 30, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    these are so precious and the frosting looks so lickable! i bet there wouldn’t be much on my cupcakes if i made a bowl of the frosting haha 😉

  3. October 30, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I love how easy this is–the creaminess!!! WOW. I can’t wait to try this.

  4. October 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    That frosting looks amazing!

  5. October 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I do believe my next cake will have this frosting on it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks rich and amazing!

  6. Andrea
    October 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Can you believe that I have the same book? I have been using that recipie for years but I also add some leftover morning coffee to it as well.

    • marian
      October 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      Sound delicious!

  7. Jenny H.
    October 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Looks delicious!!
    Think I will try this on my next cupcakes!

    Thanks for another great post with adorable pictures!

    Jenny x

  8. October 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    This is not about frosting, but more about the book. Does this particular edition have the chewy oatmeal cookie recipe using sorghum in it? I grew up with that particular recipe and to this day it is my favorite oatmeal cookie ever….has something to do with the sorghum (verses molasses)in it. It was so wonderful to come home from school to the smell of my Mom baking these cookies! And we could always count on them being in her holiday cookies ensemble. Love that sorghum based oatmeal cookie recipe!

    • marian
      October 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Robyn,
      I checked the index and i don’t see it, sorry. They sound really good – I feel like trying them now!

  9. October 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Lovely cupcakes as usual! I can’t wait to try this recipe tonight! Making cupcakes for a special friend’s last day at her job before making a big move to Texas. Have you doubled the recipe? I have a large cupcake order coming up and wondered if it doubles well. Thanks Marian!

    • marian
      October 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lynda,
      I’m sorry, I haven’t tried doubling it. Let me know how it goes if you do! Hope you have fun baking! Would love to see pics if you’d like to tag me somewhere on social media. xo

  10. Susan @ siasforsweets
    October 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Love the chocolate frosting recipe as well as the other recipes included here in your post! Thank you so much for sharing Marian!

  11. Maria Theresia
    October 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I love the chocolate cupcakes. I have to make them!
    great recipe. Thank you for sharing so many ideas.

  12. marian
    October 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

  13. October 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I’m always looking for a good basic chocolate frosting recipe to keep in my back pocket and this one looks perfect, Marian!

  14. Anette
    October 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Mmmmm…. What is the best cocoa that you recommend me?

  15. October 31, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I could eat spoonfuls of that frosting right now! Cute cupcakes 🙂

  16. October 31, 2013 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you for including ingredient weights. I use a scale to measure rather than measuring cups, but most people I know don’t do it that way. I can convert to weight if I need to, but you saved me time (a precious commodity).

  17. October 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Very cute cupcakes and thanks for an easy, delicious chocolate frosting recipe. Yum!

  18. October 31, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Ohhh oh dear,
    these cuppies look so so good, each and every single one, Marian!

    Thanks for such a lovely round up, so many recipes and so many stunning frosted cupcakes.
    I wish I could have been a student of yours when I was a child 😉

    Wishing you an early HAPPY FRIDAY 🙂

    Much love girl,
    niner 🙂

  19. Kim
    October 31, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been looking for an easy chocolate frosting recipe. Thank you, Marian.

  20. October 31, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Great frosting recipe, Marian! Thanks for sharing!

  21. November 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I was searching for a chocolate frosting recipe and this looks perfect! Thank you!

  22. Kim
    November 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Just made this recipe. Only 1/2 recipe (thanks for using weight measurements-it makes it so much easier). I frosted 30 cupcakes using the 1M tip rose pattern. The flavor is fantastic! Like homemade fudge! Thanks for sharing! This is a keeper! Easy and tastes great!

    • marian
      November 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      That’s great, Kim! Glad to hear it. 🙂

  23. marian
    November 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

  24. November 11, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    This frosting looks so yummy!

  25. Jayvee
    November 20, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian, may I know what size (in oz.) of cupcake liners do you use when making cupcakes? I use the 3 oz.-size liners I normally see at stores but I don’t know, the cupcakes seem small after baking? Or perhaps it’s just how much I pour my cupcake batter? Most recipes say fill in each liner 3/4 cup full and I do but apparently, the cakes don’t rise over the liners. I just actually want my cupcakes to rise beyond the liner and look rich, that’s all. Any tips? Thank you. 🙂

    • marian
      January 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jayvee,
      Yes, mine don’t look large either (I using the same size you mentioned). It could be the recipe you’re using.
      If you try one of my recipes (who do rise, but not as much as cake mix batters do) and they still don’t rise, I would fill the liner more. I don’t think it’s that though (probably the recipe or that you’re overmixing), as I fill mine about 3/4 full too.

  26. Mary
    January 21, 2014 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Love your cupcakes. May I know what type of piping tips you are using? Thanks.

  27. vidhi khadaria
    January 25, 2014 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    wow! thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ll try it.

  28. May 18, 2015 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    thank you for share with us

  29. June 24, 2015 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    wow god i love frosting :))))

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