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5 from 16 votes

Chocolate Frosting Recipe

The best, creamiest chocolate frosting made with only 6 ingredients! This is the perfect chocolate frosting for your favorite cakes and cupcakes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time11 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 ounces
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $7


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature (1 1/2 cup is 3 sticks)
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar powdered 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. 
    Melted chocolate chips in a bowl.
  • 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. 
    Whipped chocolate frosting.
  • Add in the vanilla, espresso powder, and a pinch of salt, and mix until everything is combined and fluffy! 
    Whipped chocolate frosting cupcakes.


This recipe is enough to frost 12-16 cupcakes or one standard sheet of 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: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg