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Chocolate Frosting

Thick, rich, and extra chocolatey basically everything you want in a frosting!! Made with melted chocolate and cocoa powder for a chocolate punch this fudgy frosting recipe is perfect on cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and more! Step-by-step photos show you how to make this chocolate fudge frosting recipe!

  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 3 Cups 1x


Units Scale
  • 8oz Good Quality Chocolate (dark chocolate or milk chocolate)
  • 10oz (2 1/2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 125 grams (1 Cup) Confectioners Sugar/ Powdered Sugar
  • 75 grams (3/4 Cup) Dutch-process Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6oz (3/4 Cup) Light Corn Syrup
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Melt the chocolate first, by using a Bain Marie** or in a microwave at 50% power in 15-second increments. Be careful not to burn the chocolate, once 75% of the chocolate is melted I take it off of the heat and mix it to fully melt everything. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before starting on the rest of the recipe.
  2. In a large food processor add the butter, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, and salt then pulse a few times, until everything is combined.
  3. Add in the corn syrup and vanilla and pulse to combine again. Scrape down the bowl and add in the melted chocolate, mix for another 30 seconds- a minute to ensure everything is evenly incorporated.
  4. Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 5 days but let sit at room temperature for an hour before remixing and using.


  • I have made this an a kitchen aid stand mixer with success 
  • How to create a Bain Marie-in a small pot with a little water over low heat place a bowl on top of the pot making sure the bowl does not touch the water- the steam from the water will cook/melt the mixture.
  • Recipe slightly adapted from Cooks Illustrated
  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: fudgy chocolate frosting, how to make chocolate frosting, the best chocolate frosting recipe

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