Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Chocolate frosting made extra creamy when you whip in sour cream! This Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting goes perfectly on chocolate cakes and cupcakes. You may also like our chocolate buttercream frosting.

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Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

It’s no secret that I’m crazy for frosting. There really aren’t many frostings that I don’t like. This chocolate sour cream frosting though? It ranks high. Sour cream makes it extra creamy and tones down the sweet of the frosting. It goes perfectly on cakes or cupcakes…and even brownies!

How to Melt Chocolate

The first step to making this recipe is melt the chocolate. Many chocolate frostings have cocoa powder in them, but this one starts with a combination of unsweetened baking chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate. You’ll melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, then add the chopped chocolate to the warmed butter so it starts to slowly melted. If needed, microwave the chocolate butter mixture in 20 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is completely melted. You want to be sure to melt chocolate slowly. If you try to rush it, you may end up burning it. If your chocolate seizes up and won’t melt, that means you’ve gotten it too hot. Unfortunately, if that happens you’ll have to start over. Just take your time and you’ll be fine!

frosting with sour cream

Try to keep your fingers out of that smooth, dark chocolate. Mmmm….

chocolate frosting with sour cream

How to Make Sour Cream Frosting

Once you have the chocolate melted, you’ll whip in the remaining ingredients. You can use a stand mixer if you’d like, but we find that a hand mixer works just fine. It will take 2-4 minutes to whip the frosting  until it is smooth, creamy and so perfectly spreadable.

Soft Frosting

This is a soft frosting that doesn’t hold up really well to piping. When we dollop it on cupcakes and spread it on cake or brownies. It’s so, so soft!

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Tools to Make This Frosting

  • Hand mixer: I don’t pull out my stand mixer for this recipe. It makes a small amount so a hand mixer works perfectly.
  • Straight Icing Spatula: The long straight spatula makes it easy to smooth frosting.

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easy chocolate frosting recipe

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

3.75 from 4 votes
Chocolate frosting made extra creamy when you whip in sour cream! This Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting goes perfectly on chocolate cakes and cupcakes.
Servings 15
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (chopped)
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate (chopped)
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Microwave the butter in a microwave safe bowl just until melted. Stir in the semi-sweet and unsweetened chocolate. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is melted.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted chocolate and butter mixture, powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer for 3-4 minutes or until smooth.
  • Spread the frosting evenly onto a cooled cake or cupcakes.
  • Refrigerate any leftover frosting.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the frosting going on a cake that serves 15 people, with 1 serving being 1/15 of the frosting recipe. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 301
Keyword birthday, cake, cupcake, party, sour cream

Chocolate frosting made extra creamy when you whip in sour cream! This Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting goes perfectly on chocolate cakes and cupcakes.

About Julie Clark

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