Warning ~ dreamy, oh so good, lick the beaters clean, oh my goodness, creamy chocolate frosting ahead! Is there anything better than a decadent chocolate cake topped with a creamy chocolate frosting?! Oh yeah!! This recipe is for chocolate lovers. Jump to recipe
Now some of you may be thinking…that’s too much chocolate. But, for us chocolate lovers…this combination is just perfect. By the way…what do you call it? Icing? Frosting? I actually grew up calling it “icing.” But it’s not like I didn’t know what the word “frosting” meant either. To me, they were sort of interchangeable. However, if you google “icing vs frosting” you’ll find an explanation that states that the term “icing” is used to describe a more thin, sugary glaze that hardens on pastries and buns. “Frosting” is thick and fluffy. It is meant to coat the outside of a cake. This recipe is definitely for frosting. Everyone needs a great chocolate icing (I mean frosting) recipe. This chocolate frosting is deliciously chocolaty and creamy, but not overly sweet. It’s much better than store bought and very easy to make.
This recipe for creamy chocolate frosting, is from my childhood. My mom used to make this delicious frosting for our cakes and we loved licking the beaters clean (and making our faces a chocolaty mess.) The recipe is really quite easy. The best tip I can give you for a nice smooth consistency is to sift the cocoa and powdered sugar really well. This removes any little bits and chunks.
Don’t skip this step ~ especially if you plan to use cake decorating tips and a piping bag for gorgeous swirly cupcakes. You don’t want frosting chunks to get stuck in the tip, clogging up the whole thing, making you cry and want to just eat the whole darn pastry bag of chocolate. (And yes, unfortunately I’m speaking from experience.) Also make sure the butter is soft and at room temperature (not melted).
So are you ready to frost your cake or cupcakes? I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please leave me a comment below about what you think. Don’t forget to save this recipe for later.
Happy cooking and baking!
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Creamy chocolate frosting
Creamy, chocolaty, decadent, smooth and delicious. You won't need another chocolate frosting recipe.
- 5 tbsp cocoa
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp hot water
- 1 large egg
- 2/3 cup soft butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
Sift together the cocoa and powdered sugar. Add the hot water, blend with and electric hand mixer (or stand mixer). Beat in the egg, butter and vanilla.
If the frosting seems thin at this point,place the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes to cool, then beat again to desired consistency.
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This recipe should give you enough chocolate frosting to frost a 9 x 13 cake, 12 cupcakes, or 24 mini cupcakes.