This is an old family recipe that is a classic. It makes enough to frost a one-layer 9 inch cake.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat. Stir constantly until melted and well blended. Add the vanilla and sugar; beat with an electric mixer. Add water gradually as you beat until it is a spreadable consistency.

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Nutrition Facts

237 calories; 8.8 g total fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 30 mg sodium. 42.7 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2006
I sifted the powdered sugar first since I've previously used unsifted sugar and couldn't get the lumps out. I needed less than the 1/4 cup of water to get the right consistance for my tube pan cake. The icing has a shiny look and a fabulous taste. This will be my new favorite chocolate frosting! If you're making a layer cake I would double the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2008
I thought this frosting was just OK. It was very easy to make which is a plus but it set very quickly and became very hard. I guess I prefer a creamier frosting. Maybe I should have added even more water. I also thought the taste veered towards sugary sweet rather than chocolatey. I would make it again in a pinch but wouldn't be my go to frosting. Read More
(25)
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2006
I sifted the powdered sugar first since I've previously used unsifted sugar and couldn't get the lumps out. I needed less than the 1/4 cup of water to get the right consistance for my tube pan cake. The icing has a shiny look and a fabulous taste. This will be my new favorite chocolate frosting! If you're making a layer cake I would double the recipe. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2006
I sifted the powdered sugar first since I've previously used unsifted sugar and couldn't get the lumps out. I needed less than the 1/4 cup of water to get the right consistance for my tube pan cake. The icing has a shiny look and a fabulous taste. This will be my new favorite chocolate frosting! If you're making a layer cake I would double the recipe. Read More
(33)
Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2008
I thought this frosting was just OK. It was very easy to make which is a plus but it set very quickly and became very hard. I guess I prefer a creamier frosting. Maybe I should have added even more water. I also thought the taste veered towards sugary sweet rather than chocolatey. I would make it again in a pinch but wouldn't be my go to frosting. Read More
(25)
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2010
Great base recipe. I just made a few changes after reading other reviews. I used 3 squares of chocolate then instead of adding all 2 cups of sugar at once I added one cup then slowly added the water. Then I added more sugar until I got the taste I wanted worked out to about 1 1/2 cups. The full 2 cups would have been way to sweet for my liking. Read More
(25)
Rating: 1 stars
03/18/2006
Be careful. I got it to the consistency I wanted which was not too runny but a little fluffy and I was quick to put it on the cake but it was setting before I could finish icing the cake which meant it stuck to the knife and my fingers and not the cake. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2006
This is a fabulous yummy frosting that works very well on cupcakes. After I allowed the cupcakes to cool I dipped them top-first right into the frosting. Perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2005
This is a great recipe but it is very rich! My kids loved it! Thanks for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2005
really tasty although I would recommend following the directions on the recipe. I tried to make it using the microwave to melt everything but it turned out to be more difficult. I added a bit of cocoa powder and cream of tartar to make it taste richer and to let it stiffen up a bit. Overall a really delicious frosting! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2010
I like this recipe a lot it reminds me of the tub frosting you'd by at the grocery. I like the fact it hardens quickly yet it's still creamy at the same time. Thanks for sharing this I'll use it often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2010
This recipe is really easy and tastes great and became the perfect option for a chocolate cake I made with my boyfriend; he likes confectioners sugar frosting that turns a bit hard and I on the other hand like a creamy and buttery kind of frosting. This has elements of both and works perfectly! Read More
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