If you are looking for an amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting then you do not want to miss this amazing recipe. This is the only Chocolate buttercream frosting recipe I will use, and I have been using it long before blogging was a thing.
Most chocolate buttercream recipes are either lacking in rich chocolate flavor or they are lacking a great buttercream texture that you can pipe out well. This chocolate buttercream frosting recipe does not disappoint ever!
This chocolate buttercream frosting recipe has rich chocolate flavor that is perfect for piping on cupcakes, frosting a cake or using as a cake filling.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
The BEST Chocolate Buttercream
I knew that Bakery Style Chocolate Buttercream Frosting would have to be on that top of my list of buttercream frosting recipes to share with you. It is such a staple frosting recipe to have on hand, but so many of the times it is not done right, so I want to make sure you guys have the best of the best.
I know most chocolate buttercream recipes are either lacking in rich chocolate flavor or they are lacking that great buttercream texture that you can pipe out well. This chocolate buttercream frosting recipe does not disappoint ever! You won’t find any of those issues with this chocolate buttercream icing. This is my favorite Cocoa powder to use when making this recipe.
I have been using this chocolate buttercream recipe for years when I am baking. I posted this chocolate frosting recipe on the blog years ago and have updated it to help you make the best chocolate buttercream frosting recipe and to answer some of the questions I have had asked over the years.
Looking for more amazing buttercream recipes? Check these out!
- vanilla buttercream
- marshmallow buttercream
- Caramel Buttercream
- Lemon Buttercream
- Mint Buttercream
- Chocolate Raspberry buttercream
- Peanut butter buttercream
Perfect for Cakes, Cupcakes and filling!
If you are looking for a frosting that you can use to frost a cake this will make enough frosting for 2 8 inch round cake. It seriously is the Best chocolate buttercream frosting recipe for frosting cakes!
Making cupcakes? This recipe will make enough frosting for 24 cupcakes. This chocolate frosting goes perfect on cupcakes, I especially love it on chocolate cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes.
Decorating with Chocolate Buttercream
This is my favorite cake decorating set to use when I am decorating cakes and it works well with this easy chocolate buttercream frosting. It comes with icing bags and lots of different icing bag tips so you can pick which style you want your frosting to be when you are decorating your cakes.
If you are new to decorating cupcakes be sure to check out these tips for decorating cupcakes.
- How to get a perfect cupcake swirl
- Easy Way to Fill a pastry bag
- How to Swirl multiple Flavors of Frosting
What Cupcakes go with Chocolate buttercream?
There are lots of cupcake flavors that go perfect with chocolate buttercream! There are so many great flavors and I love making homemade cupcakes to go with homemade buttercream. Check out my favorite cupcake flavors that go with chocolate icing. You can also use this recipe with your favorite chocolate cake recipe to give a BUSRT of amazing chocolate flavor.
- Peanut butter cupcakes
- chocolate cupcakes
- vanilla cupcakes
- strawberry cupcakes
- chocolate chip cupcakes
There are also so many great flavor combinations too! Check out a few of my favorite cupcake combinations that use chocolate icing!
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes
- Andes Mint Cupcakes
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
- Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes
Do I have to have a stand mixer?
I prefer using a stand mixer and I love my KitchenAid mixer. However if you don’t have a stand mixer and only have a hand mixer you can make this chocolate icing recipe still.
How to thin out Chocolate buttercream frosting
If you are making this chocolate buttercream frosting and want to use it for decorating a cake you can add an additional tablespoon of heavy cream to the frosting. If you are piping this chocolate buttercream then you do not want to thin out the frosting at all.
How long can buttercream frosting sit out?
I store my buttercream in the fridge and then rewhip it when I want to use it. If you have already frosted a cake or cupcakes this buttercream frosting can sit out for up to 3 days.
How many days in advanced can I make Buttercream frosting?
You can make this buttercream frosting 3 days in advanced of when you want to use it and store it at room temperature. You can make this buttercream frosting up to 2 weeks ahead of time if you are going to store it in the fridge.
How to Store Buttercream frosting
The buttercream can be stored at room temperature for up to three days or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Can you Freeze Chocolate Buttercream?
You can freeze chocolate buttercream frosting for up to 3 months.
How do you soften refrigerated buttercream frosting?
When you bring it out of the refrigerator let it sit at room temperature for two hours. Then re-whip it for ten minutes to bring it back to life.
Can I use salted butter to make Chocolate Frosting?
If you are using salted butter omit the salt when making it. If you are using unsalted butter then keep the salt.
Supplies to make this recipe
- Stand Mixer.
- Silicone Spatula
- Piping Bags (for frosting cupcakes)
- Angled spatula if decorating a cake
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Ingredients
- Powdered Sugar
- cocoa powder
- heavy whipping cream
- vanilla extract
How to Make Chocolate Buttercream
Place your butter in the bowl of your mixer. Mix on medium speed until the butter is nice and creamy.
Turn the mixer down to the lowest setting and slowly incorporate the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into the butter.
Once you have added all the powdered sugar in to your mixture, add in the vanilla extract, heavy cream and salt.
Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and continue mixing for 10 minutes until light and fluffy.
Bakery Style Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- In the bowl of your mixer beat the butter on medium speed until nice and creamy.
- Turn the mixer down to the lowest setting and slowly incorporate the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into the butter.
- Once you have added all the sugar to the mix add the heavy cream, vanilla and salt. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and continue mixing for 10 minutes until light and fluffy.
7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving on the Freestyle Program.
Need more frosting recipes? Check these out!
- Best Buttercream Frosting
- Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
- Cookie dough frosting
- Sugar Free Strawberry Buttercream
- Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream
- Almond Buttercream
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