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Basic Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars
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"This is a basic recipe that allows you to make the choice of how sweet it is. Top cupcakes and muffins and especially chocolate zucchini cakes with this icing."
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Ingredients

10 m servings 154
Original recipe yields 16 servings

Directions

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  1. Beat butter and 1/4 cup cocoa powder together in a bowl with an electric mixer on low until light and fluffy. Gradually add milk, remaining 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • For a more dark-chocolaty taste or to counteract the sometimes prevalent taste of confectioner's sugar, add more cocoa powder.
  • Margarine can be substituted for butter if desired.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 154 calories; 4.3 29.7 0.7 11 30 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Perfect! I doubled the recipe for a 2-layer round cake and had some leftover. Didn't use all the powdered sugar, added a little extra milk (whole milk) for consistency, and used salted butter. B...

Most helpful critical review

Good recipe but definately add the salt or it will be too sweet. Also I found I had to add extra milk to thin it a bit. Make sure you mix for a few minutes.

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Perfect! I doubled the recipe for a 2-layer round cake and had some leftover. Didn't use all the powdered sugar, added a little extra milk (whole milk) for consistency, and used salted butter. B...

This butter cream icing is great! Used it for in-between the layers of a white cake. I sifted the cocoa and confectioners' sugar and I added a pinch of salt. Mmmmm

Good recipe but definately add the salt or it will be too sweet. Also I found I had to add extra milk to thin it a bit. Make sure you mix for a few minutes.

Definitely salted butter, and I found one batch might not be enough. Still Amazing!

This gave me the perfect consistency I wanted!

This icing was not like a glaze. When adding liquid to make frosting never add it all at once slowly add till it,s the right consistency. It was a very good Icing , if you,ve made icing before t...

Lovely deep cocoa flavor! My teenage son decided to bake his 1st cake & made this to go on top. Super yummy! I had him add a teeny pinch of salt, which I think helps the overall flavor. We’ll ma...

It was much more buttery than I'm used to, but it was pretty good - my mom liked it the most, though, haha. If I make it again in the future, I would use less butter, but that's just my personal...

This is my favorite recipe !! I made this with nesquick instead of powdered sugar and unsweetened chocolate powder and it worked just as well it tasted amazing