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easy chocolate buttercream frosting on a wire wisk
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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This is the best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is silky smooth, full of chocolate flavor and calls for just five simple ingredients.  It’s a versatile recipe, perfect for using on birthday cakes, chocolate cupcakes, 2-layer cakes and more.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 226kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


  • ½ cup Butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 3 ½ cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder


  • Place soft room temperature butter into the bowl of a stand mixer and whip with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy, or about 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer off, add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, half of the powdered sugar and half of the milk. Turn the mixer on low to combine, then increase to medium high speed and whip until light and fluffy - about 2 more minutes.
  • Add the rest of the powdered sugar, then add the milk a half tablespoon at a time, whisking until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Use immediately, or store for later. Enjoy!


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg