This recipe requires just a few ingredients to make an easy, quick, and good chocolate icing for cakes, brownies, or cookies.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, milk, shortening, and salt. Bring mixture to a rolling boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

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  • Remove from heat and add vanilla and continue beating until frosting starts to thicken slightly. The frosting will be real creamy.

Nutrition Facts

178.8 calories; 0.7 g protein; 26.6 g carbohydrates; 0.8 mg cholesterol; 24 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2007
Worked out why this icing turned out grainy for me. It's essential that all the sugar is dissolved BEFORE it comes to the boil, so keep on a low heat then when sugar's all gone increase heat to medium. Hope this helps. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/11/2003
DO NOT MAKE THIS RECIPE! IT IS HORRIBLE FOR LAYER CAKES AND REALLY BAD FOR SHEET CAKES! IT MIGHT WORK WELL FOR A GLAZE BUT AS IT COOLS THE GRAINS OF SUGAR BEGIN TO SHAPE AGAIN MAKING IT GRITTY AND UN-SMOOTH. I DO NOT RECOMEND MAKING THIS BECAUSE IT WAS EXTREMLY DIFFICULT TO SPREAD! Read More
(36)
73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2007
Worked out why this icing turned out grainy for me. It's essential that all the sugar is dissolved BEFORE it comes to the boil, so keep on a low heat then when sugar's all gone increase heat to medium. Hope this helps. Read More
(78)
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2008
This was fantastic! You HAVE to cook the ingredients on low until the sugar is completely dissolved and the shortening is melted BEFORE you bring it to a boil. I cooked it on low for about 10 minutes then boiled for 2 minutes. Then take it off heat and keep beating it while it cools. I beat it by hand for a minute then let it cool for a couple more then beat it again and so on until it was really thick and creamy. It's best not to use it until it's nearly completely cooled. My husband LOVED it. He said it reminded him of the chocolate icing on bakery donuts. Read More
(42)
Rating: 1 stars
06/11/2003
DO NOT MAKE THIS RECIPE! IT IS HORRIBLE FOR LAYER CAKES AND REALLY BAD FOR SHEET CAKES! IT MIGHT WORK WELL FOR A GLAZE BUT AS IT COOLS THE GRAINS OF SUGAR BEGIN TO SHAPE AGAIN MAKING IT GRITTY AND UN-SMOOTH. I DO NOT RECOMEND MAKING THIS BECAUSE IT WAS EXTREMLY DIFFICULT TO SPREAD! Read More
(36)
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2008
I made this for lack of confectioners' sugar. Why boil oldschool? Throw all ingredients into a bowl substitute margarine for shortneing microwave for 1 minute on high then whip boiling mixture. It is like a glaze; pour over any bland cake and drink the rest!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2006
The key is letting it completely cool. THEN it will be creamy. You can use it before as a drizzle. I used butter instead of shortening. Seemed healthier (if there could be such a thing as a 'healthy' frosting). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2006
I really like this recipe as it tasty & requires no butter or margarine. It's definitely not a fluffy buttercream though, so don't expect that. I used this on brownies and it spread very well. I used rice dream in lieu of milk. Had all ingredients in pan on the stove, combined and melted until brownies were removed from oven. Brought to a full rolling boil and started the 2 minute count. Will use again and add a little more salt. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/03/2006
Perhaps I did this wrong, but the icing quickly became grainy and stiff. not spreadable at all. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2003
this icing tastes pretty good! It would make a good icing to drizzle over a bunt cake while still warm- maybe not a good frosting for a layer cake. Dries smooth and glossy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2004
Everyone loves this recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as i do! It makes any ordinary cake a hit! Read More
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