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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Chocolate buttercream icing

Published: April 28, 2022 at 9:43 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Makes enough to ice 12 cupcakes or fill and ice a 20cm cake

Silky, delicious buttercream gets a chocolate makeover. This simple frosting recipe is perfect for decorating cupcakes or filling sponge cakes


Top your bakes with this homemade chocolate buttercream, then also check out our basic buttercream, cream cheese frosting, Russian buttercream and how to make a chocolate drip cake.

Recipe tip: Cocoa makes for a child-friendly buttercream, but if you want a more grown-up flavour, add melted dark chocolate as well. When working with melted chocolate, make sure it’s cool and work fast so that the buttercream doesn't start to seize-up.


  • 100g salted butter, softened and cubed
  • 150g icing sugar, sifted
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 50g dark chocolate, melted and cooled


  • STEP 1

    Beat the soften butter using either a hand mixer or free-standing electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add the icing sugar in 3 separate additions and beat fully between each. Add the cocoa and beat again. Mix in the milk to fully combine. On full speed beat the buttercream for at least 5 minutes until fluffy and smooth. Working fast, beat in the melted chocolate and spread and fill a 20cm cake or fill a large piping bag and pipe over cupcakes.

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