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Homemade fudge-like chocolate frosting that was piped onto a surface.
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5 from 10 votes

Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Frosting should be rich, sweet, and easy to make. My homemade chocolate icing recipe tastes like fudge and is perfect for cake and cupcakes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings



  • Add butter to bowl of stand mixer. Using paddle or whisk attachment, beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Mix on low speed to combine. With the mixer running, add the evaporated milk and the vanilla.
  • Once combined, increase speed to high and blend until fully mixed and smooth. Frosting will be thick. Add additional evaporated milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin if needed.


Recipe makes enough to frost one double layer 9-inch round cake or 24 cupcakes
  • Although I use unsalted butter for this recipe, you can use salted butter if you wish. 
  • Be sure the butter is softened before you mix it. You can set it out on the counter or soften it in the microwave on low power.
  • The cocoa powder and powdered sugar do not need to be sifted prior to mixing.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 374IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg