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Buttercream Frosting

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serves/makes:   3.25 cups
  

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Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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ingredients

6 tablespoons butter, softened
cocoa powder, see below
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

directions

For light chocolate frosting use 1/3 cup cocoa powder. For medium chocolate frosting use 1/2 cup cocoa powder. For dark chocolate frosting use 3/4 cup cocoa powder

In mixer bowl cream the butter. Add the cocoa and powdered sugar alternately with milk. Beat to spreading consistency adding more milk if needed. Blend in vanilla.

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nutrition

37 calories, 1 grams fat, 6 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium.
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Great recipe! I use it for my chocolate and vanilla buttercream (just sub additional powdered sugar for the cocoa).


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Fantastic recipe! I love that it gives the amounts to make it the different degrees of chocolate-y. I've printed this out and put it in my "most used" cooking folder and will be using this again and again. I made the dark chocolate frosting and it was delicious.


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Perfect! Frosted a pan of brownies with it! Made such a lovely mess on the face of my toddler! Can't wait to use this recipe again and again!


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WOW! What a winner! Fast and easy to make and boy this tastes out of this world. I will never buy canned frosting again. Thank you so very much!
Sheila


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PERFECT! Tasted like my mom made when I was a kid! SUPER EASY!! Thank you for sharing!


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Delicious! I used the 1/2 cup of cocoa and it was perfect. Thanks for all the great reviews that caused me to try this frosting. More than enough to frost a 9x13 cake.


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Just tried this recipe and it turned out great! Just enough for 24 cupcakes. Will definitely use this again.


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Oh....my....G-d!!!! This was so easy and tastes wonderful! I used Country Crock light and half and half and it was amazing! Thank you for sharing, my daughter and I licked the bowl and spatula. This recipe was helpful because we were on a budget. It was the frosting for our Chocolate Mayo cake and will now be my go-to frosting!


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I served this yesterday on Sour Cream white cake for my church circle. All the ladies loved it and several asked for frosting recipe. I used the 3/4 cup cocoa. Also used fat-free half and half for milk, as that was all I had. The recipe was easy and so very delicious.


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I fell onto this recipe by accident , first I thought the sugar looked too much, and I have been struggling to find a good chocolate icing so I said to my self what the heck why not try it and boy I have not regretted it once. I didn't even have to alter anything, This has become my icing of choice. Thank you so much for sharing.


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This frosting is fantastic! I will never make another recipe again. I learned this week that you must use 100% pure cane confectioners sugar. This is perfect buttercream frosting! Thank you!


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I've never made frosting before, this recipe worked perfectly, I used the 3/4 cup cocoa for a darker result. It tastes amazing and is light and fluffy.


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I was looking for a chocolate frosting recipe for my my 2 layer yellow cake. After reading the reviews, I thought I'd try it. Well, this frosting recipe is FANTASTIC!! So quick and easy, great consistency, so fluffy, and very tasty. I went for the 3/4 cup cocoa. Just right. A must try. SO GLAD I FOUND THIS RECIPE!!! Delicious!!


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I used margarine instead of butter as that was all I had in the house and cream instead of milk. (with half a cup of cocoa) Very delicious!


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This is perfect! I used the dark chocolate frosting quantities and it turned out delicious. I do recommend sifting together the powdered sugar and the cocoa for the smoothest frosting (or you can blend them with a small hand whisk). I've been searching for a non-sickening-sweet frosting for a very long time and this is it. There was enough frosting to fill and frost a 9-inch round layer cake plus 12 cupcakes. Delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!


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Great recipe!! So easy to make! No need to buy frosting anymore!


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Plan D

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Does the frosted cake require refrigeration due to milk in receipe? Thanks!


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I can crash and burn any recipe that says it is easy. Take it from me you can't ruin this one. It is the best I have ever made or tasted, just the way granny use to make it( maybe even better) sorry granny


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EXCELLENT recipe and taste great


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Nov 30, 2008





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This is super yummy and super easy! I had a box cake mix but no frosting mix. I searched around and finally thought this looked easy and I had all the ingredients. Wow! So chocolaty and creamy and rich. I added a little instant coffee to the mix to bring out the chocolate flavor.


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Absolutely love this recipe. I did use Unsalted Sweet Cream butter instead of regular butter, and it was so good! Had to make a double batch to get what I needed out of it.
Thanks for this!


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This is my favorite chocolate frosting recipe...no more bought frostings...it is very easy to make also...my family really likes this too


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It is very easy to make. Before I added everything it didn't quite look right so I was hoping for the best but it came together nicely. It was BARELY enough for a 2 layer 8 inch round cake. anything bigger then that you might want to double the recipe.


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I am so happy I didn't bother going to the store to buy a can of frosting as I had planned. I will never drag the baby to the store for frosting again. This recipe is a keeper. Easy to make- and easy to modify based on how chocolate-y or thick you want it. Just right for the birthday cupcakes I made. We are licking the beaters and bowl until we are sick! You will need willpower to stay away from this stuff :)


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I lo-lo-love this!! Super duper easy and so delicious. I'm a huge fan of the dark chocolate taste so I just put in less icing sugar - and it's great! thumbs up to this recipe!


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Finally, a dark chocolate frosting recipe. Fantastic!! (And easy, too.)


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Tastes Great!!!! DISCLAIMER: if you think you need more milk, think twice. that's what i did, and the icing fell off the cake. :( but it still tasted amazing!!


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OMG!!! I usually don't care for chocolate nor cakes, but I had to make a cake for someone. I had a little taste test and I swear I would eat a gym sock if it was covered in this frosting. I made enough to fill, lightly frost and decorate a 2 layer 9 inch cake. Perfect consistancy.


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chocolate coma


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I used granulated sugar and it came out good. very tasty and easy for a novice baker


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A great recipe where you can adjust the amount of cocoa based on taste. Easy to make.


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Very easy to make and it was sooooo yummy. I went the dark chocolate route and am very happy I did. I made this for some cupcakes and it was the perfect amount. This is my new go to recipe.


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My family ate the cake in one day, and wanted me to make another the next day!


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Best icing ever! Easy to make and so so tasty.


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Ahhh, the classic buttercream frosting... my favorite chocolate frosting, next to the one on the "big-brand" cocoa tin itself but with a lot less work!

This recipe is great as-is, but other variations in addition to the raspberry that someone mentioned earlier include substituting cooled, brewed coffee for some or all of the milk; substituting mint extract or rum flavoring for the vanilla (the rum is a hit at church parties); or using one of the flavored liquid creamers in place of the milk-- adjust the portion as needed to get the right consistency.

Great recipe!


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Works great with 1 1/3 cup 1/2 Splenda sugar mix. I used smartbalance instead of butter (my father's diabetic) and it worked wonderfully! I also added crushed pecans and black walnuts. It's wonderful I could find a recipe that really can work with diabetic ingredients.


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Once you make this, you will never buy frosting again. It is so light and fluffy. I added almond extract and my whole family commented on how delicious it was.


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Tastes just like my Grandma used to make! WOW! So easy and delicious!


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delicious frosting, very easy to make! I added some nutella hazelnut topping to it and it added additional flavor and lightened it up a little bit.


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A very good icing. I noticed though that the butter doesnt completely mix with the rest of the icing, you can see the film of it after you lick some off your fingers. Im cooling it right now, maybe that will help.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
It maybe be that your butter was too warm? And did you use real butter or a blend?




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This recipe was a great easy chocolate frosting. The only thin I did diferently was add 1/4 cup of cream cheese to make it creamier. YUM!


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I forgot the vanilla, but it still tasted great! Would definitely make again.


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Easy and amazing! I used 3/4 cup of cocoa and slightly less sugar than called for. I also added a little chocolate liqueur at the end. This is now in my permanent recipe collection!


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This was AMAZING!! I just made it quickly for a cake me and the neighbor child made... I had to hide it from him!!! tastes AWESOME and reminds me of the filling in Dunkin Donuts chocolate filled Donuts!


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This was AMAZING!! I just made it quickly for a cake me and the neighbor child made... I had to hide it from him!!! tastes AWESOME and reminds me of the filling in Dunkin Donuts chocolate filled Donuts!


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This recipe is absolutely delicious! I made the dark chocolate version and it's amazing. It says that it makes 3.25 cups, but I didn't have enough to frost 24 cupcakes...I would definitely need to triple or even quadruple this recipe to frost a multi layer cake....but this is the best chocolate frosting I have ever had :-)


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This was a very good treat. I had to replace the milk with water, but it still tasted great. I used heavy chocolate.


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I'm what you might call "cooking challenged" and even I couldn't screw this one up! I adjusted the recipe down to 2 cups for the cupcakes we were making, and just kept fiddling with the cocoa, milk, and sugar from there. It's very forgiving, and we had just enough for 18 cupcakes. Of course I licked the bowl and beaters too!


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i agree with everyone else: this recipe is quick and delicious!


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Quick and easy, yet delicious. Perfecto! :-)


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It is the best recipe ever. Fast and easy. i substituded the vanilla extract with amaretto. it taste so good. i think everyone should have this recipe. ;-)


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this is the best icing i ever tasted. my whole family likes it im going to use this icing forever.thank you for who ever made it.


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I made this in a pinch because I didn't have heavy cream to make a ganache for my chocolate peppermint cupcakes. I added peppermint extract instead of the vanilla and it was great! It only made enough to coat 12-13 cupcakes so I had to make a second batch to finish up my frosting, but that is my only complaint. Great recipe and most of the stuff you need, you have around the house if you bake at all.


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Easy. An electric hand-mixer worked wonders to get a nice creamy texture. I had some older clumpy powdered sugar that I sifted and it turned out great.


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Thank you all who commented - this recipe gets 5 stars from me, and yes, I'm licking the beaters, spoons and bowl, too! Great recipe.


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WOW!This is so easy and tastes fantastic. Very smooth and rich! I will use this recipe from now on. This is the best homemade chocolate frosting recipe that I have ever found!


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This recipe is great! This is the first quick and easy frosting recipe I have found. It turns out perfect!


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Yippee!! I found it!! Made this recipe before and it was wonderful!! I have a special occasion coming up and wanted to make again but could not remember where I had originally found the recipe. When I saw the reviews I knew this was the one! Can't wait have it again!


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My wife is having a card party tonight and she wanted me to bake her a cake. Normally I buy icing for my cakes, but I wanted this to be a little more special. Man, I know my cakes are good, but her friends won't even notice my cake next to this delicious icing!!


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Must admit, didn't have much hope for this recipe with the miniscule amount of butter compared to the vast amount of dry ingredients, but, WOW, what a fantastic frosting, make it for a cake for a customer, now i've got a dozen more orders!!!!!! FANTASTIC!!!


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read the reviews and decided to try... glad that I did! I used a little more powdered sugar and cocoa than 1/2 cup and it turned out perfect.


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I used this instead of my usual frosting. This is great, great, great. So easy and spreads like a dream. I used the medium chocolate amount and used some cold coffee for part of the milk as we like the coffee flavor. What a hit.


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Very Good!!! I adjusted slightly because I realized I ran out of milk so substituted with water... in addition, I am quite the dark chocoholic so added a little more cocoa (1 cup). lastly i added maybe a tablespoon or so (according to taste) of raspberry dessert squeeze to finalize this delicious product and it is truly to die for!!


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This icing was easy and tasty with nice light texture. Try sifting the icing sugar and cocoa for extra smoothness.


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I had an icing "disaster" and needed a quick recipe. After reading the reviews, I decided to try this one. It was AWESOME!! I used a bit more milk because I needed a thinner icing. I added some marshmallows and spread it on brownies. They were a huge hit!! I'm not a baker, so thanks for saving my cooking reputation!


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Quick and easy recipe. Great consistency for decorative icing too. Also very tasty. A great recipe to use when you need something quick and easy


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This icing is awesome. I baked a cake that didn't turn out so well (had to sub half of the self raising flour with regular flour) and it didn't come out so good. Made this icing for it and now it tastes great! I'll be using this in the future. thanks for the great recipe!


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This is a great recipe. Very easy, quick, and delicious! I scaled the recipe down to make 2 cups of frosting because I was low on butter, and found it to be a very light, fluffy frosting! The light chocolate version (1/3 cup) is just chocolately enough for my rich devil's food cupcakes!


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This frosting not only tastes great, but the consistency was so smooth and easy to work with that it spread on the cake like a dream. Quick/easy/delicious - what more could you want? I just realized I forgot the vanilla, but it was still great!


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It's so easy to make a chocolate cake, but making your own icing can be tricky. I tried this recipe and it is perfect choc icing! I will always use this for chocolate cakes. Quick, simple, looks great and taste even better. It makes plenty as well. I did the cake in half and put some in the middle, and all around the outside and i still had some left over. Recommend it to anyone!


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This is the best chocolate icing ever! We made the dark chocolate version and it's delicious!!! I have also add more milk to drizzle this icing over bunt cake. Yum yum! Two chocolate thumbs up, way up!!!!!


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I just made the Buttercream Frosting and it came out great. We only use skim milk in the house, so I used Evaporated Milk (a little more than called for) but it turned out so great.

Thanks for your website. I visit it often and find so many great recipes.
Keep up the good work. You make us all gourmets. Thankx again.


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ahh...this frosting was AMAZING. i ate it without even putting it on the cupcakes i baked. =]


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Very easy, and quite tasty (although I added another 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, since I like my frosting very sweet).


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Oh my! This is the best chocolate frosting I've ever made. My daughter and I are licking the beaters as I type. Delicious!


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The frosting needed at least another two Tbsp of milk to be smooth, but overall was good. I added a Tsp more of butter and milk and 1/3C more of cocoa to make it extra rich, alterations made it awesome.


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Worked well with a good consistency for decoration (at least the way we made it which may not have been exactly the same as the recipe due the difficulty in measuring "cups" - doesn't anyone have a weighing scale? ;-)


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Man o man this is the best chocolate frosting i have ever ever ever had and i am a vetran when it comes to chocolate lol. Thanks


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make chocolate frosting for the first time using this recipe it was easy and sooo good will use all the time


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LOVE IT


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Quick and easy.. Perfect for that last minute frosting. Very tastey too.


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Absolutely super, and so quick & easy. I'll use this for all my chocolate cakes.