Rating: 4.37 stars
712 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 435
  • 4 star values: 177
  • 3 star values: 52
  • 2 star values: 27
  • 1 star values: 21

Great texture and color as well as taste. Smooth and easily spread, this frosting turns any cake, cookie, or cupcake into something deliciously special.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, beat margarine and cocoa together until combined. Add milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until desired consistency is achieved. Adjust with more milk or confectioners' sugar if necessary.

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Nutrition Facts

188 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 38.8g; fat 4.4g; cholesterol 0.5mg; sodium 47.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (591)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2008
This frosting took a rather average "Chewy Peanut Butter Brownies" recipe and made it one of distinction! I used half a recipe for a 9x9" pan, using butter rather than margarine, a little less powdered sugar, a bit more cocoa and half and half, a couple teaspoons of corn syrup, and about 1/2 tsp. chocolate extract in addition to the vanilla. Creamy, soft, satiny, glossy, chocolatey good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2003
This frosting was just okay - I should've heeded the advice of many others and added more cocoa powder and less powdered sugar, as the overwhelming taste is sweet, not chocolately. Also, the cocoa powder and butter really need to mix for awhile, and get a spatula in there to make sure it's not at the bottom of the mixer...I found a little residue at the bottom after I added the powdered sugar. I made this to frost chocolate pound cake from this site, and didn't end up using it (the cake stands alone and the frosting just wasn't good enough)...I'll let my kids decide if they want to put it on the cake or just on graham crackers later! Read More
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712 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 435
  • 4 star values: 177
  • 3 star values: 52
  • 2 star values: 27
  • 1 star values: 21
Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2003
This frosting was just okay - I should've heeded the advice of many others and added more cocoa powder and less powdered sugar, as the overwhelming taste is sweet, not chocolately. Also, the cocoa powder and butter really need to mix for awhile, and get a spatula in there to make sure it's not at the bottom of the mixer...I found a little residue at the bottom after I added the powdered sugar. I made this to frost chocolate pound cake from this site, and didn't end up using it (the cake stands alone and the frosting just wasn't good enough)...I'll let my kids decide if they want to put it on the cake or just on graham crackers later! Read More
(220)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2008
This frosting took a rather average "Chewy Peanut Butter Brownies" recipe and made it one of distinction! I used half a recipe for a 9x9" pan, using butter rather than margarine, a little less powdered sugar, a bit more cocoa and half and half, a couple teaspoons of corn syrup, and about 1/2 tsp. chocolate extract in addition to the vanilla. Creamy, soft, satiny, glossy, chocolatey good. Read More
(195)
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
This is a fudgey tasting chocolate frosting that sets up nicely without cracking or getting hard. I used butter instead of margarine, added 1/4t salt, and cut the sugar to 3 cups, since some reviewers said it was too sweet. This was perfect for my family, especially on Karen Dunn's Chocolate Applesauce Cake (this site). Thanks for a great treat, Tianne. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2003
i added a lot more cocoa powder and it was pretty good but next time i make it i'll use softened butter instead of margarine. definately let it rest and re-mix it before you use it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2002
I loved this recipe! However I found that I could feel the sugar and cocoa powder in the texture of it. So I let it rest on the counter for a fews hours. Then I whipped again. It was perfect after that! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2003
Good creamy frosting. Quick and easy. Be sure to mix the margarine and cocoa well-no lumps. I used 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. It was sweet enough. A little more cocoa would give it a richer chocolate flavor. Will make often! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2003
Very good frosting... I followed previous reviewers recommendations and used a little more cocoa powder and a little less sugar.... yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2003
WONDERFUL!! I'VE FOUND THAT USING COCOA INSTEAD OF CHOCOLATE PIECES ALWAYS MAKES A BETTER TASTING PRODUCT. I ALWAYS USE COCOA FOR FUDGE CAKES FROSTINGS ETC. IT JUST HAS A DISTINCTIVE FLAVOR THAT I ABSOLLUTELY LOVE...& THIS ONE'S SO EASY. ALSO IT HELPS TO SIFT TOGETHER THE COCOA & SUGAR FOR A SMOOTHER TEXTURE! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2010
Nice frosting! I used butter instead of margarine added more cocoa and used half and half instead of milk. I had to play with this a bit but overall pretty good. Read More
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