Rating: 4.59 stars
112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 85
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4

This frosting recipe quickly makes a rich, creamy, and dark chocolate icing with just bittersweet chocolate, brandy, butter, and heavy cream.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
2 cups icing
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Melt chocolate, cream, butter or margarine, and brandy together until smooth. Allow to cool a little before spreading liberally over cake.

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Nutrition Facts

194 calories; protein 1.6g; carbohydrates 11.5g; fat 14.5g; cholesterol 26.3mg; sodium 30.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (98)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2004
Excellent! The only change I made was to add 2 Tbsp. corn syrup to the ganache after I removed it from the heat. The frosting was creamy, smooth, and shiny...just what I was looking for. When it's chilled it tastes like the filling in a truffle. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/21/2004
I tried this recipe and wound up having to add about 3/4 box of confectioner's sugar in order to achieve an icing-like consistency. That said I love the smooth texture and the taste is great. I didn't have brandy so I used Godiva chocolate liqueur and Grand Marnier. Yummy! Read More
(40)
112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 85
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2004
Excellent! The only change I made was to add 2 Tbsp. corn syrup to the ganache after I removed it from the heat. The frosting was creamy, smooth, and shiny...just what I was looking for. When it's chilled it tastes like the filling in a truffle. Read More
(205)
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2007
How wicked is this!! melted chocolate in microwave, then added butter and cream last. Used freshly brewed coffee with teaspoon of sugar to balance the bitterness instead of alcohol. I bought dark chocolate with 70% coco content. Very easy to do... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2004
DELICIOUS rich and chocolately, and sooo easy to make! I made mine w/o the brandy as it was for a cake for my mom, and she hates alcohol. Still tasted great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2008
I love this recipe I used milk chocolate instead and omitted the brandy and used them on my fauxstess cupcakes. Yum!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2007
Excellent consistency. I do not like bittersweet chocolate so I used semisweet because my husband likes the semi. Not a fan of semisweet either. It was ok for me but he loved it. Next time I'm going to use Milk Chocolate for a sweeter flavor. I did not use the liquor as I do not like that flavor. Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2006
This was good. I used it to ice a dark chocolate cake. I used Kahlua instead of brandy. The directions are easier than a "gourmet" recipe but it did the job. Maybe a little too bitter for me... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2008
Rich and Delicious! I added 2 tbsp of light corn syrup when I removed it from the heat as suggested by another reviewer and used Frangelico because I did not have any brandy. I used this on the Cream Filled Cupcakes from this site. I can't wait to use it again with other recipes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/21/2004
I tried this recipe and wound up having to add about 3/4 box of confectioner's sugar in order to achieve an icing-like consistency. That said I love the smooth texture and the taste is great. I didn't have brandy so I used Godiva chocolate liqueur and Grand Marnier. Yummy! Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2007
this is my favorite icing ever! you can use it on so many things! it went incredibly well on jan's chocolate cake. i used amaretto instead of brandy which turned out delicious and you can pretty much substitute any licquor. highly recommended. Read More
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