This recipe quickly makes a thick pudding-like chocolate frosting that goes great on whatever cake you like.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
8
Yield:
1 cup
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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 over medium heat combine the sugar, salt, cornstarch, water, and chocolate. Stirring frequently bring to a boil and cook over low heat until thick. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and the butter or margarine. Mix well. Let frosting cool before frosting cake.

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Nutrition Facts

140 calories; protein 0.5g 1% DV; carbohydrates 28.8g 9% DV; fat 3.3g 5% DV; cholesterol 3.8mg 1% DV; sodium 31.7mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is the best homemade frosting I have had for sometime! It tastes even better on a homemade cake. It is really glossy and easy to spread and has a very good taste. I frost my cake with this while the frosting is slightly warm. Definitly a keeper! Read More
(23)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/21/2011
I used this to frost Brookes bombshell brownies from this site. I looked Amazing but I wasn't to fond of the taste. I thought it was super sweet and not to chocolatey I may try this recipe again...but with some adjustments to the sugar and cocoa. Read More
(5)
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is the best homemade frosting I have had for sometime! It tastes even better on a homemade cake. It is really glossy and easy to spread and has a very good taste. I frost my cake with this while the frosting is slightly warm. Definitly a keeper! Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2009
This was pretty good. I used cocoa powder instead of Baker's chocolate. It thickened up almost instantly after it began to boil. I actually forgot to add the butter and vanilla at the end, and it still tasted good. I should have waited until it cool to spread it, though, because while it was warm it was too runny. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This recipe was great I will keep this one as my favorite. It is not too sweet spreads nice and looks great. It's the perfect choice if you don't want a real sweet icing. thumbs up!!!! Read More
(13)
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2007
OMG this frosting is incredible. I used it with the "Welfare Cake" and it's just amazing. The only reason I gave it fours stars instead of five is because it took about an hour to finally thicken (maybe I had the heat on too low???). Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2008
I'm not a big fan of traditional frosting unlike the rest of my family. I'm always trying to find a happy medium. This was great!! Such a nice texture and smooth rich flavor. I will make again and again. Thank you. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
If it takes long for it to thicken increase heat to medium it thickens immediately after it starts boiling. I added the vanilla and butter from the beginning (misread the directions) and it still turned out delicious. It really has the consistency of a pudding so you could use it for filling a cake too not only for icing. Unlike other commenters my husband found this to be a bit on the sweet side so I would adjust sugar to your liking. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2009
Wonderful this really has the consistency of pudding. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and added less sugar. I didn't have any problems with the thickening but I used medium heat instead of low because it was taking forever to boil. If you do that just make sure you stir constantly so it doesn't burn. Also... this would make excellent vegan pudding for anyone interested:) Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2009
This frosting was great. Took a while to thicken up and the bakers chocolate looked quite funny during the cooking process but it all came together in the end. I will be using recipe for many many cakes in my future. Also I used Orange extract instead of vanilla (I had run out) and the citrus flavor really added to the chocolate flavor. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2008
This recipe is awesome! I was lookin for something that wasn't too sweet & found it! I switched out the unsweetened chocolate for white chocolate & it was excellent! I too found it took forever to thicken - not sure why. Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
03/21/2011
I used this to frost Brookes bombshell brownies from this site. I looked Amazing but I wasn't to fond of the taste. I thought it was super sweet and not to chocolatey I may try this recipe again...but with some adjustments to the sugar and cocoa. Read More
(5)
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