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Buttercream Frosting

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
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ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   3.25 cups

recipe id: 24848
Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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6 tablespoons butter, softened
cocoa powder, see below
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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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37 calories, 1 grams fat, 6 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium.
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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!

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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!