Bold Baking Basics Best-Ever Chocolate Buttercream Frosting 4.87 from 15 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe Perfect for topping an incredible amount of desserts, my Best-Ever Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe is even great straight from a spoon. By Gemma Stafford | September 4, 2021 | 29 Last updated on March 31, 2023 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Chocolate buttercream frosting is a recipe that every baker should know how to make. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with buying storebought frostings, but once you try this simple recipe, I don’t think you’ll ever go back! My chocolate buttercream frosting is incredibly rich and decadent — it’s almost fudge-like. It’s super simple to make and it’s amazing on everything. Put it on top of your cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and, if you need something sweet STAT try it on a graham cracker! There are two very important ingredients to my chocolate buttercream that I really recommend you don’t skip: salt and espresso powder. These two things bring so much to the table when it comes to chocolate! Coffee and chocolate have the same flavor profiles, so it just enhances the chocolate flavor like crazy! And if you notice, I use salt in a lot of my sweet recipes. It seems counterproductive, right? But salt actually helps your tastebuds taste sweet better. What Is Chocolate Buttercream Frosting? Chocolate buttercream frosting is simply a frosting that is made with whipped butter and flavored with sugar and cocoa powder. It’s a simple process, but the taste and smoothness of this homemade buttercream are really something special. What You Need To Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Measuring cups and spoons Large bowl Stand mixer How Do I Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting? Making your own frosting is very easy, and you can add as much chocolate flavoring you want! Here is how you make homemade chocolate buttercream frosting (get the full recipe below): Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa into a large bowl to remove any lumps and set them aside. Place the room temperature butter in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the butter at high speed until it is fluffy and pale in color. This should take 2-3 minutes. Turn the stand mixer down to medium-low speed and slowly add the powdered sugar mix, 1 tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated. Scrape down the bowl of the stand mixer and add the vanilla, salt, espresso, and 3 tablespoons of milk. Beat on high speed for about 3 minutes. If you’d like thinner frosting, add an extra tablespoon of milk. Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Chocolate Buttercream Frosting I like to use salted butter for the extra flavor. Again, don’t be shy about adding salt to your sweets! Always sieve the powdered sugar and cocoa powder, they tend to have lumps in them. Make the frosting in advance, it will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. Salt is important in frosting, especially when using chocolate. It brings out the flavor. Coffee and chocolate pair wonderfully together so I strongly recommend not leaving it out. When you take the frosting from the fridge, allow it to sit out at room temperature to soften for an hour. How Do I Store Chocolate Buttercream Frosting? You can store your frosting in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 5 days, be sure to let it sit at room temperature for about an hour before decorating cakes. Make More Toppings! Ermine Frosting Royal Icing Signature Salted Caramel Sauce Best-Ever Buttercream Frosting How to Make Whipped Cream And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! Try These Recipes! 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Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 6 cups Ingredients 3 cups (12 oz/360 g) powdered sugar1 cup (4 oz/115 g) unsweetened cocoa powder1 cup (8 oz/225 g) butter (room temperature)3-4 tablespoons whole milk2 teaspoons vanilla extract½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon espresso powder (dissolved) Instructions In a large bowl sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa to remove any lumps. Set aside.Place the room temperature butter in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until fluffy and pale in color, roughly 2-3 minutes. Turn the machine down to medium-low speed and slowly add the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated. Scrape down the bowl and add the vanilla, salt, espresso, and 3 tablespoons of milk. Beat on high speed for roughly 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the extra tablespoon of milk if you want a thinner frosting. Your frosting is ready to decorate or you can put it in the fridge to firm up for a minimum of 30 minutes but up to 5 days. Allow to sit out at room temperature for 1 hour before using.