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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

The best, creamiest chocolate buttercream frosting made with only 6 ingredients! This is the perfect chocolate frosting for your favorite cakes and cupcakes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time11 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 5106kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $7


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature (1 1/2 cup is 3 sticks)
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate morsels melted
  • 2 tbsp milk whole or 2%
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp instant espresso powder
  • pinch salt


  • In an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes on medium to high speed.
  • Pour the chocolate morsels into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds until soft. 
  • Take the morsels out of the microwave and stir to melt into a creamy, smooth texture.
  • With the mixer on low, add the melted chocolate to the butter and sugar mix. 
  • Turn the mixer to medium and continue to beat for another minute. 
  • Add in the vanilla, espresso and a pinch of salt and mix until everything is combined and fluffy! 


This recipe is enough to frost 12-16 cupcakes or one standard sheet or round cake.
Add more powdered sugar if you want a thick consistency.
Allow the buttercream to thicken in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before piping it onto cupcakes. 
Always taste test, add more espresso or salt or sugar if needed. 


Calories: 5106kcal | Carbohydrates: 435g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 374g | Saturated Fat: 231g | Cholesterol: 747mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 1568mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 389g | Vitamin A: 8599IU | Calcium: 273mg | Iron: 16mg