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Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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Everyone needs a good chocolate frosting recipe up their sleeve! We’ve got just the thing to satisfy every chocoholic’s dream: buttercream fudge frosting. This classic recipe works for cakes and cookies alike, as well as those late night chocolate cravings that can only be satisfied by a spoonful of frosting. This frosting comes out pretty thick, hence why it’s called fudge frosting, but if you like your frosting a little thinner, feel free to add a little more milk while mixing. Go ahead and try this decadent recipe, and don’t forget to lick the bowl clean!


Chocolate Fudge Frosting

15 mins to prepare Frosts one cake


  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Slowly mix in cocoa powder and stir until a thick paste forms.
  2. Pour cocoa mixture into a large bowl, and alternate adding powdered sugar and milk, a little at a time, while mixing. Add in vanilla extract. If frosting is too thick, add more milk in a teaspoon at a time until desired texture is reached.
  3. If using an electric mixer, turn speed to medium high and beat for 5 minutes. Otherwise, mix by hand. (Use those muscles!)
  4. You are now ready to frost your cake, cupcakes, cookies… or to eat by the spoonful. No judgement here.

Recipe adapted from Chocolate Chocolate and More.