Caroline's Chocolate Fudge Frosting


This chocolate fudge frosting is perfect for cake or cupcakes, and it whips up quickly with this easy recipe! Makes enough to frost a 9-inch layer cake or 24 cupcakes.

side view of a chocolate-frosted layer cake with a piped border
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate

  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup milk


  1. Place butter and chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir frequently, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes.

  2. Combine confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer and slowly blend in melted chocolate mixture. Add remaining 1/4 cup milk, a little at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.

  3. Let stand until frosting thickens enough to spread, 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
12g Fat
41g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 2g
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 84mg 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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