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1 Minute Chocolate Frosting

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Rating: 4/5 4 stars
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ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   1.5 cups

recipe id: 24742
cook method: stovetop
1 Minute Chocolate Frosting Recipe
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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!

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1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Mix together. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Add vanilla. Cool partially, then beat with a mixer for 3 minutes or until spreadable consistency.

CDKitchen Note: Please read the reviews on this recipe. We have personally tested this recipe and it WORKS if you follow the directions.

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53 calories, 2 grams fat, 9 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium.
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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).

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if you triple the recipe and cool it in the fridge for a while it makes fudge

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Just put it on my brownies... its perfect!! Brought to boil slowly and beat for 3 mins.. Yummy!

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So, without better instructions, if you have a "hot stove" that has a mind of its own when trying to boil things, you'll end up trying this twice as you'll BURN the first batch! Milk, sugar, butter in the pan on LOW heat until butter is melted and sugar is almost dissolved (stir constantly)! Once you have almost NO visible sugar granuals left, mix in the cocoa powder and bring to medium low heat to get it to boil. Keep gently stirring! Once it begins to boil evenly rapidly, shut off burner and remove from heat! Allow to cool 1 minute. Add vanilla. Stir until well mixed. I then transferred to a bowl and took to the fridge. Let sit 1 hour in fridge. Removed and allowed to come to room temp. Whipped with the mixer...creamy, fluffy, YUMMY!!

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Just made this for a cake and it came out rich, thick and chocolatey. I let it cool for a few minutes and then mixed it with an electric mixer for 3 minutes. It does get really thick quickly so it's best to spread it on right after it's mixed. It's a great recipe because it uses ingredients that I always have on hand. This isn't a light and fluffy frosting so if that's what you're looking for you will be disappointed.

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Yummy! Turned out perfect and was so easy to make!

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I had no chocolate or icing sugar so opted for this. AMAZING. took a while with the electric whick but the end result was exactly what i wanted!

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Aaa amazing Sugary. Chocolaty. I dipped buttercream filled cupcakes in this luscious frosting.
Like the kind my gramma made 80 years ago. Best ever.
I did cook for 1 min 35 seconds. Cooled and beat by hand for 2 mins

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Loved it! I'm only 13 and made it super quick and easy! When I want to, totally making it again!!!

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Yum and so easy!

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Worked rally well! used unrefined sugar, and whisked by hand but still came out great, like a chocolate fudge icing! really good :)

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ended up a little grainy but overall good. used it on brownies.