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The BEST Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature (see note)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  • Beat the butter in a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand held mixer.
  • Add in the melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Then add in the heavy cream.
  • Store in an airtight container until you are ready to use.


The butter **must** be room temperature for this recipe to work. Do not microwave it. You should be able to easily dent the butter with your finger but NOT push all the way through. If your butter is too stiff or too soft, the recipe will not turn out.