Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

What’s better than chocolate frosting? Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting with real dark chocolate whipped into every bite. You may also love our chocolate cherry frosting!

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What's better than chocolate frosting? Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting with real dark chocolate whipped into every bite.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I’m a sucker for chocolate frosting. Creamy and smooth, homemade frosting trumps storebought every time. If you love chocolate intensely, you’ll want to try this chocolate buttercream frosting.

How to Make Dark Chocolate Buttercream

We take our favorite chocolate frosting recipe and drizzle some high-quality dark chocolate into it as we beat it. It’s like eating a melted candy bar, whipped and swirled onto your favorite cupcakes or cakes.

Here’s what to do:

  • Whip the butter until it is almost white in appearance.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and cocoa.
  • Then add the salt and vanilla.
  • Mix in the heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until the frosting is the texture you’d like.
  • Drizzle in the melted chocolate very slowly while beating the frosting.

This is what you end up with:

What's better than chocolate frosting? Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting with real dark chocolate whipped into every bite.

OTHER FROSTING RECIPES

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.
What's better than chocolate frosting? Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting with real dark chocolate whipped into every bite.
What's better than chocolate frosting? Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting with real dark chocolate whipped into every bite.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

4 from 7 votes
What's better than chocolate frosting? Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting with real dark chocolate whipped into every bite. 
Servings 15
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 ounces Ghirardelli dark chocolate (60% or higher, melted)

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, cream the butter for 2-3 minutes until it is almost white in appearance.
  • Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder, 1 cup at a time, while mixing on low speed. Cover the mixer with a dish towel, if needed, to prevent powdered sugar from blowing out of the bowl.
  • Add in the salt and vanilla. Continue mixing on low and add the heavy cream, one tablespoon at a time.
  • With the mixer still running, drizzle in the melted chocolate, allowing it to mix in completely. Turn the mixer to medium and beat for 1-3 minutes, until the buttercream is light and fluffy.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the frosting making enough to put a decent-size frosting swirl on 15 cupcakes or for frosting 1 9x13 cake.  1 serving is 1/15 of the frosting recipe.  Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 284
Keyword birthday, birthday cake, chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, dark chocolate

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Thanks, anxious to make, sounds too delicious!!!🙋

Can i use milk instead of the heavy cream?

Hi, I am thinking about making the dark chocolate cake (which looks amazing) but am unsure about how the frosting will hold up. It looks quite soft in pictures and I’m baking for a baby shower in hot weather. Any advice?..

Dear ladies btw you’re all very supermodeo gorgeous but I digress I have a couple of bars of dark chocolate but they are not in the outside label so I don’t know how much 4 ounces is there are three bars one from Ghirardelli another from some German company also I hate coffee can I omit it ?