Easy Chocolate Frosting

4.72 from 14 votes
Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy

Easy Chocolate Frosting – an easy homemade chocolate buttercream frosting that is rich, creamy and delicious. Perfect for cake, cookies, cupcakes, brownies and more!

If you are a chocolate dessert lover having a go to chocolate frosting recipe is a must! I grew up having store bought containers of frosting on almost everything. And while it was good, there is nothing that compares to homemade.

This homemade chocolate buttercream frosting is so easy to make, you just mix a few ingredients together and you are done. While your brownies, cakes or cupcakes are in the oven you can have this ready and waiting for them to be cool and ready to frost!

looking down on a bowl of chocolate buttercream frosting


What’s In Chocolate Frosting

  • Butter
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Milk
chocolate buttercream frosting ingredients

How To Make Chocolate Frosting

  1. In an electric stand mixer using the whisk attachment or using a hand mixer cream butter until it is nice and smooth.
  2. Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and salt and blend it together. Start slowly so the sugar doesn’t go all over the place.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk and whip until it gets a smooth and creamy texture. Make sure to scrape down the sides as necessary and adjust the sugar or milk if your frosting is too thick or too thin.
hand mixer making chocoalte frosting

Frosting Tips

  • Make sure that your butter is very soft when you start. You don’t want it melted, but you want it at room temperature. This ensures not only can you mix it easily, but everything creams with the butter better and makes a creamier more delicious frosting.
  • If your frosting is too thick start by adding more milk. You want to start with a teaspoon at a time, a little goes a long way with the liquid in frosting.
  • If your frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. Just add a couple tablespoons and re-mix it until you get to the consistency you are looking for.
  • There is no need to sift the powdered sugar or cocoa powder when making frosting. You are mixing it with a hand mixer or a whisk attachment to a stand mixer, so that will break up any clumps and get it to the right texture.
bowl filled with chocolate frosting

Can You Make Frosting Ahead Of Time?

Yes, you definitely can. When you are making a cake or sugar cookies or something with a lot of steps, it is nice to get some things done ahead of time to make the project easier.

Store frosting in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week. Just make sure to take it out a few hours before you need it, so it can come to room temperature.

Easy Homemade Brownies Recipe - an easy one bowl brownie recipe that are super fudgy, chocolately, and delicious!  

How To Use Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

chocolate frosting in a bowl and on brownies
chocolate buttercream frosting in a bowl
4.72 from 14 votes

Easy Chocolate Frosting

By Erin
Easy Chocolate Frosting – an easy homemade chocolate buttercream frosting that is rich, creamy and delicious. Perfect for cake, cookies, cupcakes, brownies and more!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoon milk


  • Using a hand mixer or the whisk attachment for an electric stand mixer whip butter until it is smooth and creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt until it is combined.
  • Add vanilla and slowly pour in milk, beating until it is smooth and your desired consistency.
  • Adjust milk or sugar as necessary if your frosting is to thick or thin.


Makes enough for a 12 cupcakes or an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 84mg | Sugar: 27g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 165
Like this recipe? Leave a comment below!

I created a fun group on Facebook,and I would love for you to join us! It’s a place where you can
share YOUR favorite recipes, ask questions, and see what’s new at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts (so that you never miss a new recipe)!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and
tag #dinnersdishes so I can see all the wonderful DINNERS, DISHES, AND DESSERTS
recipes YOU make!

Be sure to follow me on my social media, so you
never miss a post!

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram 

Did you know there is a Dinners,
Dishes, and Desserts SHOP
? Lots of different E-Books for sale. Or you can buy me a
to say thanks!


About Erin S

Welcome to Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts where my love of food meets my busy life. My name is Erin and I’m a casual home cook who loves to feed people. On this blog, you’ll find hundreds of quick and easy recipes made mostly from scratch. My days are spent in the kitchen, creating new recipes to share with family and friends.

Other Recipes You Might Like:

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.