Every year on Laurie’s birthday, I ask her what kind of birthday cake she wants, and every year she says yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Laurie comes from the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” school of birthday desserts. Our Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe comes from years of trying to make the perfect yellow cake with chocolate frosting, or as we call it … The Laurie Special.
How to make The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
You will need:
- 1 cup Butter, softened (we use Salted, Sweet Cream Butter)
- 1 lb. Box (4 cups) Powdered Sugar
- ¾ cup of Cocoa Powder
- 2-3 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons of milk
- Decorating Bags
- Wilton 2D Decorating Tip
Combine the Powdered Sugar and the Cocoa Powder in the mixing bowl.
Mix the Powdered Sugar and the Cocoa Powder on low until it is completely combined.
Add 2 sticks (or 1 cup) of softened butter and 2-3 teaspoons of Vanilla (we use 3 but we like things extra vanilla-y) and mix until thoroughly combined. Now add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you have the correct consistency.
How much frosting will you need? That always depends on how thick or thin you apply the frosting or how much decorating you do but here are a couple of guidelines. Our recipe should make enough Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting to cover a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake or a two-layer 8″ cake. If you are making cupcakes, you should be able to frost 24 cupcakes if you apply the frosting with a knife. If you swirl on the frosting with a pastry bag like we have done here, you should be able to frost 15-18 cupcakes depending on the size of the swirl.
That’s all there is to it … you now have a batch of the Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting you have ever tasted! Smooth, creamy and delicious! Our Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is great on cakes, cupcakes, brownies … anything you can think of that would taste better with Chocolate Frosting on it. Enjoy!
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