French Chocolate Buttercream


This is a very delicate, all butter, chocolate buttercream icing. My husband, who is not a sweets eater, requests this icing on an orange cake each year for his birthday. Try it and you won't be disappointed. Be sure the chocolate is cooled or you will end up with a sauce instead of an icing.

beautifully frosted cupcake with French chocolate buttercream
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
3 1/2 cups


  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into tablespoons


  1. Melt chocolate in a microwave according to package instructions. Set aside and let cool completely.

  2. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Beat eggs in a large bowl using an electric mixer until frothy. Drizzle in sugar mixture slowly; beat on high speed until mixture turns pale yellow and expands in volume, about 5 minutes. Add butter by tablespoon one at a time with mixer running, beating well after each addition. Frosting will become watery; continue with remaining butter.

  4. Mix in cooled melted chocolate. Beat on high speed until frosting thickens and becomes fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you do not cool your chocolate and end up with a sauce, serve it poured over slices of cake. It's still delicious!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
13g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 55mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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