The one easy chocolate frosting you need for all of your homemade desserts. This one has a touch of lemon and vanilla for fresh flavor.
Everyone needs an easy chocolate frosting in their recipe stash that they can whip up in minutes and that tastes delicious on many cakes, cookies, brownies and cupcakes.
This chocolate buttercream frosting recipe with a hint of lemon and vanilla extract is that frosting. It’s easy. It’s versatile, and you’ll be wanting to add it to all of the things. It beats store-bought frosting every day.
Which is better, butter or shortening? We prefer butter. It adds richness and flavor to frosting. However, butter is also slightly unstable. It will melt quickly in warm temperatures.
Frosting with shortening will be more stable and stand up to heat slightly more. If you choose shortening and think the frosting is too sweet, add a dash of salt. It will help cut down on the sweetness.
This frosting pipes well so you can make birthday cakes with pretty swirls.
If you are eating this frosting within a day or two and have it on cake or cupcakes, it is fine to store at room temperature.
If you’re making it in advance we recommend storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Remove from the fridge a couple of hours before using it so it softens.
Yes! Frosting freezes well. Store it in an airtight container in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw fully before frosting a cake. You can whip it again in the stand mixer after it defrosts in order to whip air back into the frosting.
Let’s be honest. This frosting with chocolate flavor is good on just about any chocolate cake. But here are a few options you may not have thought about:
Looking for a chocolate frosting without lemon? Try our classic best chocolate buttercream frosting.