Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe is super quick and easy to make and pairs perfectly with variety of desserts! Homemade chocolate frosting really does taste so much better than store bought, this recipe will show you why!

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

If I must admit, I am almost always team ‘vanilla’ when it comes to choosing from a selection of sweets. But I mean, who doesn’t love a truly classic chocolate dessert?

There is none more classic than a homemade Chocolate Cake, and what better way to top it off with than a classic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. There is just something so beautifully simple + fulfilling about this quintessential dessert favorite. And if you’re hoping to celebrate a birthday or special occasion for a chocolate-lover then you’ve hit on the perfect recipe here.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe


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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  • Author: Kelsey Woods


This classic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting goes perfectly with our homemade Chocolate Cake to serve the ones you love the most decadent, chocolatey dessert.


  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 / 4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Sift sugar and cocoa together into a large bowl. In another bowl combine 1 cup of sugar mixture with butter and 1 tablespoon cream, beating until smooth. Add another cup of sugar and another tablespoon of cream, beating well.
  2. Continue until all ingredients are combined and frosting is fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Spread frosting on top of one round. Top with second round and cover top and sides completely with frosting.

chocolate buttercream frosting
slice of classic chocolate cake with homemade chocolate frosting

This recipe pairs just perfectly with my Grandmother’s go-to for a Classic Chocolate Cake, so be sure to pop over to make them both. And, if you must make a double batch of frosting for some extra dollops and tastings, not to worry. I won’t judge.

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