Easy and creamy chocolate fudge frosting. Tastes heavenly. Use on cooled devil's food cake for a death by chocolate experience.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
16
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream together the butter or margarine with the shortening.

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  • Sift the cocoa with the confectioners' sugar and add to the creamed mixture. Mix together adding 1 tablespoon at a time of milk to keep mixture smooth. Don't add more than 1/4 cup of milk.

  • Add the hot fudge topping and the vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 28.8g 9% DV; fat 11.6g 18% DV; cholesterol 15.4mg 5% DV; sodium 95.3mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2004
I substituted 1/2 T half & half for the milk, and used about 2/3C of Nutella instead of the fudge for the most amazing chocolate hazelnut buttercream EVER. Really. It's not overly sweet, just perfect. Great texture, too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/13/2003
We used Hershey's hot fudge topping (and I usually prefer Smuckers) and the taste of the hot fudge was very noticeable. Needless to say I didn't care for this recipe because of that. However I think I might try this again with Smuckers. Also I put in 3 tbs. of milk and it was way too runny. So be careful with the amount of milk you put in! THe frosting was very creamy and smooth though. And it didn't dry up all hard like the Hershey's recipe for chocolate frosting. Read More
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624 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 491
  • 4 star values: 89
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2004
I substituted 1/2 T half & half for the milk, and used about 2/3C of Nutella instead of the fudge for the most amazing chocolate hazelnut buttercream EVER. Really. It's not overly sweet, just perfect. Great texture, too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2003
Excellent Frosting, very creamy. However...I omitted the fudge toppping (I did not have any on hand). It turned out very well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2006
I really was a little skeptical about trying this using the hot fudge topping as an ingredient-but I am glad I did. What a great frosting. I used heavy cream instead of milk and I used Dove-dark chocolate topping and it was so yummy. I put it on the "fabulous fudge chocolate cake" recipe from this site and WOW what a chocolate fix for a chocolate lover! I agree with another reviewer that it doesn't set up well on a hot day with high humidity-so I stuck the whole cake in the fridge after I iced it and it set up well. I took it out 20 minutes before I served it and it was great..Try and make a day or two in advance because chocolate anything tastes better a few days later when the great chocolate flavors come out! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
Beautiful frosting, creamy smooth and fudgey, but I would caution that it's evident this will only be as good as the fudge topping you use. This is not a deep, rich chocolate which I liked, especially for the banana cake I chose to use it on. But it's easy enough, however, to increase the cocoa powder and decrease the powdered sugar by the same amount if you wanted a deeper, darker frosting. The texture is especially excellent. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2006
I have been searching for a chocolate frosting recipe for over 4 years now. Every recipe I have tried ends up tasting like the store bought kind. I hate the store bought kind. This recipe is wonderful! I used it on my son's birthday cake and everyone loved it (me too for once). I can't wait to try it on my deep dish brownies. I used butter shortening instead of regular, cream instead of milk, and double the vanilla - voila! The perfect chocolate frosting recipe... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2004
You absolutely must make this frosting! It is one of the most scrumptious chocolate frostings I've ever tasted in my life and I've never been a big fan of buttercream frosting. I frosted a yellow cake with it and everyone devoured it. Fudgy rich and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2006
Prepared a B-Day cake for Dad using the Hershey Chocolate Cake Recipe and this frosting. The result was excellent. The frosting had good color was easy to make and spread easily. Guests returned for seconds and thus I had no leftovers. I made a sheet cake and there was enough frosting. If I had made a layered cake I would have doubled the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2007
I loved this recipe. The only changes I made was I used 2 and a 1/2 cup of confectioner sugar instead of just 2 cups and used 2 tablespoons of heavy cream instead of milk. For the hot fudge topping, I used Mrs Richardson's Chocolate Lover's Fudge straight out of the jar, not heated. I also added a pinch of salt. The frosting was perfect, not runny or thick but just right for spreading. It turned out beautifully and tasted fantastic. It is very rich which was fine with me because I love dark chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2005
A very excellent chocolate buttercream frosting! I use Hershey's Hot Fudge Topping. You must use the thick fudge topping not the chocolate syrup in order to achieve the great frosting this recipe produces. This is now my favorite chocolate frosting! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/13/2003
We used Hershey's hot fudge topping (and I usually prefer Smuckers) and the taste of the hot fudge was very noticeable. Needless to say I didn't care for this recipe because of that. However I think I might try this again with Smuckers. Also I put in 3 tbs. of milk and it was way too runny. So be careful with the amount of milk you put in! THe frosting was very creamy and smooth though. And it didn't dry up all hard like the Hershey's recipe for chocolate frosting. Read More
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