This one minute chocolate frosting recipe is one of the most visited recipes on the entire site. The frosting is a fudgy frosting and requires that the mixture boil (just like when making fudge). This recipe does not call for powdered (confectioners') sugar. CDKitchen has made this recipe with success so follow the directions and you will too!
This recipe has received such varying reviews we thought we better bring it to the CDTestKitchen. You'll notice we're giving it 5 stars - that's because it turned out perfect for us. We boiled the mixture about a minute (maybe 20-30 seconds more) then let it cool just a little (in case it splatted it wouldn't burn then!) and beat it with an electric mixer for about 3 1/2 minutes. We used all the measurements/ingredients exactly as called for in the recipe. One thing that may be confusing people is that this is not a fluffy kind of frosting that you use to decorate a cake. This is more of a frosting that would go on brownies, or a cake that is in a pan. The mixture will harden some however, but it definitely shouldn't be soupy like some reviewers mentioned. Be careful not to heat it over too high a heat, or the sugar will start to turn to candy (which will make the mixture crunchy). We think the biggest success factor is the mixing time/technique. Don't try to mix this by hand, you won't get it to the right consistency. Also, don't let it cool too much before spreading it since it will firm up more while it cools (to the point it won't be easily spreadable).
Mar 9, 2014
great! if you have patience when blending it, it turns out wonderful. Tastes delicious
Feb 17, 2014
Great, AND EASY RECIPE! MY FAMILY LOVED IT ON THE HOMEMADE BROWNIES I MADE, THE TOP WAS CHEWY, AND THE UNDERNEATH STAYED SOFT AND VELVETY. DELICIOUS!
Feb 17, 2014
I'm no math whiz, but did anyone else chuckle when they read the title 1 minute chocolate frosting and then the directions to whip it for 3 minutes?
CDKitchen Note: The name comes from the fact that you only boil it for one minute which distinguishes it from other recipes like the popular seven minute frosting (which yes, also takes more than seven minutes to completely make).
Feb 16, 2014
This is great! I made it for a chocolate cake and its really fudgy.
Jan 31, 2014
This frosting is exactly as described... Fudgey!! As it cools it does begin to harden so best to have cakes cooled and ready to be iced, but I just heated it up slightly and spread as desired! Is very sweet but with a dark choc cake base that isn't too sweet it works wonderfully! Can also be used as hot chocolate sauce over ice cream
Jan 30, 2014
Barley enough icing to cover a cake and ended up not being able to spread. Not something I would ever make again
Jan 23, 2014
Great recipe! Thickens faster if you whip over an ice bath.
Jan 19, 2014
This is incredible...so very yummy!
Go for it...you won't regret it!! :)
Jan 16, 2014
I followed the directions exactly as stated and it came out perfectly. I have tried several recipes and they came out just OK. This is the only chocolate frosting I'll ever make again. I used it to ice brownies for my daughters class and she received many compliments.