My Favorite Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Frosting on a Chocolate Cupcake

When a friend asked for something chocolate for her birthday dessert, I knew I was going to make cupcakes. I also knew what frosting I was going to make to top them.

This frosting is really wonderful. Creamy, full of chocolate flavor and not too sweet. Dark chocolate is melted, then little cubes of cold butter are beaten in. The frosting is finished with some powdered sugar and a little vanilla.

Super simple to make, but so good. I used dark chocolate chips, but any dark or bittersweet chocolate could be used. If you are using a solid block of chocolate, break it up into pieces before melting. You can melt chocolate over a double boiler, or use your microwave. I used my microwave. I heated the chocolate for one minute, stirred it and heated 30 seconds longer. Be careful not to burn the chocolate, when using a microwave.

There is plenty of frosting to ice 24 cupcakes. You could frost up to 30 cupcakes, if you use less.


Here is the recipe.


My Favorite Chocolate Frosting


12 oz. bittersweet chocolate – you can use dark chocolate chips

1 c. cold butter, cut into cubes

1 c. powdered sugar- or a little more- if you like

2 t. vanilla


Melt chocolate and place in a mixing bowl. Let cool 2 minutes. With electric mixer on high speed, beat in the butter bits, adding about ¼ of them at a time. Beat until butter is melted, and incorporated into the chocolate. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat a few minutes, until frosting is creamy and smooth. Makes enough to generously frost an 8 or 9-inch layer cake or 24 cupcakes.

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