15 Chocolate Frosting Recipes You Can Make Now

There are so many fantastic ways to make chocolate frosting – and so many delicious cakes to use your frosting on! Here, you’ll find 15 of the absolute best recipes involving everything to do with chocolate frosting.

You’ll learn so many different ways to make it, and so many different ways to make amazing cakes to use your frostings on!

15 Chocolate Frosting Recipes You Can Make Now

1. Favorite Chocolate Buttercream

It’s no surprise that this is the author’s favorite chocolate buttercream recipe – it’s absolutely sumptuous! It’ll only take you around 5 minutes to make, and uses just 6 ingredients – but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in flavor.

The half cup of cocoa powder ensures that it’s full of delicious chocolate flavor – which is made even richer and smoother by the 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

As soon as you’ve finished mixing this (you’ll likely need to use a powered mixer to get the best results), it’s ready to use immediately. Or, if you’re making it in advance, you can store it for up to a week in the refrigerator, or freeze it for up to three months.

2. Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This recipe will give you a really delicious chocolate frosting that’s not too rich or dark, but perfectly creamy and smooth!

You’ll only need 6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder – you’ll still have plenty of delicious chocolate flavor, but it won’t be overpowering.

And if you’re worried that it won’t be as sweet as you’d like, then relax – you’ll be adding nearly 3 cups of confectioners sugar to the mixture!

3. “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting

This is such a great and simple recipe, but it’s also proof that the simplest recipes can sometimes be the most delicious.

All you’ll need to make this recipe is half a cup of butter, two thirds of a cup of cocoa powder (and as this is a Hershey’s recipe, they of course recommend Hershey’s cocoa!), three cups of powdered sugar, a third of a cup of milk, and 1 spoon of vanilla extract.

Melt the butter, stir the ingredients together, and you’re done! So simple!

4. The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}

That’s certainly a very bold claim – after all, there are millions of delicious ways to make a chocolate cake! However, once you try this recipe, you’re sure to agree that it’s at the very least a contender for the title.

It’s absolutely sumptuous, with a deliciously tantalizing richness that will make you want to eat slice after slice.

It’s an extremely moist and decadent recipe – made even richer by the single teaspoon of espresso powder. A little goes a long way, and that single teaspoon is more than enough to make this cake a decadent, rich masterpiece!

5. Yellow Cake With Chocolate Frosting

As the recipe says, the key to making your life easier when making this cake (not to mention the key to making the cake itself absolutely perfect) is to use room temperature ingredients.

It’ll save you a lot of struggling to get the ingredients mixed correctly, even if you’re using an electric mixer.

The chocolate frosting complements the yellow cake perfectly – no doubt helped by the inclusion of vanilla extract in both!

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6. Rich Vanilla Cake With Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Rich is certainly the correct word to use here! This vanilla cake is absolutely beautiful, combining decadently excellent flavors in a great tasting cake with shades of both light and dark.

The cake itself is delicious enough on its own, but of course the star of the show is the chocolate fudge frosting. You’ll need 12 ounces of roughly chopped dark chocolate to make it – which should tell you just how rich the chocolate flavor will be when it’s done!

7. Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

An old classic, and one that you’ll always be happy to make! Everybody loves a chocolate cupcake, and these are great on their own – but, of course, the pièce de résistance is the fantastic chocolate buttercream frosting that you’ll learn to make.

You’ll need butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder (unsweetened), heavy cream, and some vanilla extract.

Cream the butter with the paddle attachment of your mixer, then add the rest of the ingredients and continue mixing until it gets light and fluffy – so easy!

8. Marble Cake With Chocolate Frosting

Just one layer to this simple yet delicious marble cake with chocolate frosting, making it so easy to make. The marble cake itself is so easy – once you’ve made your cake mixture, simply take three quarters of it into another bowl.

Add cocoa powder to that bowl, and you’ve got your two different colors and flavors of cake mixture!

Gently swirl them together when putting into your cake tin (check the recipe for full details) – you’ll be surprised at how easy and delicious this is!

9. Susan’s Banana Cake With Chocolate Frosting

One of the most important things with this recipe is to ensure that your bananas are nice and overripe before starting. You’re just not going to be able to get the recipe right if you’re using fresher bananas – so if yours are still green, definitely wait a bit!

The coffee milk that you add to the frosting is, to coin a phrase, the icing on the cake. It’s a delicious addition to the already great tasting chocolate frosting!

10. Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosting

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosting

Great news for those of you looking for a gluten-free way to make a delicious chocolate frosting!

This recipe is exactly what you need – it doesn’t use any flour or any other products that contain gluten, and yet it’s as deliciously chocolatey as any other great chocolate frosting!

This recipe will make enough of this sumptuous gluten-free chocolate frosting to cover and fill a cake that’s 8 inches round – or 24 whole cupcakes!

And the whole thing will only take 10 minutes to make. Ensure that you use Dutch-proicess cocoa powder for the absolute best flavor!

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11. Orange Velvet Cake With Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Orange and chocolate – a match made in heaven! This cake is absolutely divine – but more than a little decadent too, thanks to the extra-chocolatey chocolate buttercream frosting!

Extra chocolaty, because not only does it use cocoa powder, but a cup of melted chocolate chips too, giving it an extra thick, rich chocolate flavor (and texture) that you’ll enjoy every second of eating.

And, of course, the cake itself – made even better by being extra zesty! You’ll use the zest from two entire large oranges – make sure that it’s chopped and minced extra fine, as you don’t want large pieces in the mix!

12. White Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting

Sometimes you don’t want to go overboard on the chocolate, and that’s fine! For those moments, how about these tantalizing white cupcakes, topped with just enough chocolate frosting to make sure that you’re not missing out on your chocolate fix?

Crème fraîche is key to the great taste of this recipe – and you’ll only get that great flavor (and the right texture) if you keep your ingredients at room temperature. It’ll help you to mix them more easily too!

13. Chocolate Frosting (Without Butter)

If you can’t use butter, or simply don’t want to, then don’t despair, because here is a recipe that will let you make a fantastic and delicious chocolate frosting for any cake!

You’ll use vegetable shortening, powdered sugar, whipped dessert topping, cocoa, milk, and a few tablespoons of vanilla to make this frosting. Note that you’ll need to use a mixer to make sure that you get the best results.

One great thing about this recipe (aside from the delicious taste, of course!) is that it doesn’t even need to be refrigerated!

14. White Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate frostings don’t all have to be made with milk or dark chocolate, you know! For a change, why not try out this recipe for white chocolate buttercream?

You’ll need just four ingredients to make it, and only around 10 minutes – meaning that it’s not only delicious, but it’s really quick and easy to make!

You’ll only need some unsalted butter, icing sugar, white chocolate, and maybe a little bit of milk. This means that you might even be able to get away with making this delicious buttercream frosting with just three ingredients!

15. Raspberry Cake With Chocolate Frosting

This isn’t just a great tasting cake, it’s also one with a tantalizingly beautiful red color that’ll be as much of a treat for your eyes as it is for your taste buds!

The beautiful color and flavor of this cake come from the 10 ounces of pureed raspberries that you’ll use to make it, as well as the box of raspberry gelatin. The chocolate frosting finishes this beautiful cake off magnificently.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chocolate Frosting Gluten Free?

Sadly, not all chocolate frostings can be guaranteed to be gluten free. There is one recipe in this list that’s completely gluten free, however!

Why Does My Frosting Go Hard?

Frosting goes hard due to evaporation – so if you’re storing yours for a while, cover it up, and make sure to store it in an airtight container wherever possible.

Can You Make White Chocolate Frosting?

You certainly can – and you’ll find a great recipe to make one on this list!

These recipes are enough to give you a sweet tooth on their own! Try any one of them. And you’ll soon find yourself in chocolate heaven!


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