Homemade Chocolate Frosting


This chocolate frosting recipe is easy to make for creamy homemade chocolate frosting every time!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
2 cups

This decadent chocolate frosting recipe is the perfect finishing touch for cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and more. 

How to Make Chocolate Frosting

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Chocolate Buttercream Ingredients

This homemade chocolate frosting recipe comes together quickly with just five ingredients: confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, a stick of butter, milk, and vanilla extract.

How to Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Simply beat all the ingredients together until they are smooth and creamy. That’s it! You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below. 

How Much Frosting Does This Recipe Make?

This chocolate frosting recipe yields about two cups, which is the perfect amount for frosting an average cake or about two dozen cupcakes. You can easily double the recipe if you need more. 

How to Use Chocolate Frosting

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How to Store Chocolate Frosting

If you have leftover frosting after frosting your cake, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can freeze leftover chocolate frosting for up to three months. 

Learn more: How to Store a Frosted Cake

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“This was quick and easy, tasted great, fluffy, and perfect for a 13x9-inch pan,” raves Jane W. “No complicated ingredients.”

“I'll never buy icing from the store again,” says Serena. “This is a great recipe.”

“So easy with ingredients most have on hand,” according to Shelly. “Tastes delish! Use less milk to make it firmer for decorating.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar

  • cup cocoa powder

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 7 tablespoons milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, butter, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until well blended, smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
6g Fat
26g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 1g
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 103mg 2%

* 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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