My favorite Chocolate Frosting Homemade Recipe

Once you make chocolate frosting homemade you’ll never want store-bought frosting again! And this ultra-creamy chocolate frosting recipe takes the cake!

Chocolate Frosting Homemade Recipe

I don’t say this about many things, but I think I could sit down and eat a whole bowl of this chocolate frosting homemade recipe. It’s so creamy and thick and has the perfect amount of chocolate.

piping bag and cake with chocolate frosting homemade

After trying so many chocolate frosting recipes that seemed pretty mediocre, I’m so happy I finally have one that is great! 

It doesn’t have a million ingredients, it’s full of chocolate flavor, it’s decadent without being too sweet, and it’s the perfect consistency for decorating cakes.

This recipe is my go-to for my kids’ birthday cakes, cupcakes for friends, and just about any other excuse I can think of. I’ve even sandwiched some frosting between some hot chocolate cookies for an extra chocolatey treat.

And trust me, it’s so easy to make! It only takes about 10 minutes and is so much better than grabbing some from the store.

process shot of chocolate frosting homemade

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Chocolate Frosting Recipe

This is my favorite chocolate frosting homemade recipe! It’s perfectly sweet and you can easily make it in less than 15 minutes. 

Ingredients

ingredients for chocolate frosting homemade
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (1.5 sticks), softened
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Some additional tools you may need: 

  • Mixing bowls
  • Sifter 
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer

How to Chocolate Frosting Homemade

clear glass bowl of chocolate frosting homemade with scattered powdered sugar and cocoa powder

Don’t forget to download the full printable recipe below so you can print it out and use it whenever you feel like making this delicious recipe!

  • To make your frosting, start by adding the butter and shortening into a large mixing bowl. 
  • Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the butter and shortening until smooth.
  • Add the sifted powdered sugar a little at a time and mix again until creamy and smooth.
  • Sift in the cocoa powder and mix again. The frosting will be pretty thick!
  • Add in the vanilla and cream a little at a time until the frosting is at the right consistency. 
  • Continue beating the frosting until it’s thick and smooth! 
close up of chocolate frosting homemade and spread on a cake

Tips Tricks and FAQs 

  • If you don’t want to use shortening or don’t have any in your pantry, you can use 1 cup of butter in its place. The reason I love using shortening in this recipe is that it stabilizes the frosting and helps it to stay perfectly thick even in warmer weather. You will lose that stability if you add butter but it will still taste amazing!
  • This buttercream is the perfect consistency for piping onto cakes, but it’s still soft enough to spread on a cake. Just make sure that your cake is completely cool and preferably chilled before you try to frost it!
  • You can substitute milk, half and half, or coffee creamer in this chocolate frosting recipe pretty easily. You’ll just want to make sure that you add them a little at a time because they are thinner and you don’t want to add too much and end up with a frosting that’s too thin!

Storage

To store your frosting, place it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for about a month. When you are ready to use it you can let it come to room temperature before spreading!

Do I really need to sift my powdered sugar and cocoa powder?

I can’t stress enough how important it is to sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder when you are making chocolate frosting homemade! 

Sifting will make sure that there are no lumps in your frosting and that you can spread it easily on any dessert. Especially if you are wanting to cleanly pipe your frosting, sifting is a must!

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Yield: 3 cups

Chocolate Frosting Homemade Recipe

bowl of chocolate frosting homemade with cocoa powder and beaters

Once you make chocolate frosting homemade you’ll never want store-bought frosting again! And this ultra-creamy chocolate frosting recipe takes the cake!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (1.5 sticks), softened
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. To make your frosting, start by adding the butter and shortening into a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the butter and shortening until smooth.
  3. Add the sifted powdered sugar a little at a time and mix again until creamy and smooth.
  4. Sift in the cocoa powder and mix again. The frosting will be pretty thick!
  5. Add in the vanilla and cream a little at a time until the frosting is at the right consistency. 
  6. Continue beating the frosting until it’s thick and smooth!

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