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Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe


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


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


Yield: Approx. 36 cupcakes