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Cooked Chocolate Frosting

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Rating: 5/5
3 reviews
1 comment

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 89880
cook method: stovetop

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1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup evaporated whole milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


In a saucepan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, cocoa powder and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft-ball stage is reached. Remove from heat. Add vanilla.

Let cool slightly. Beat with a mixer until creamy.

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292 calories, 14 grams fat, 43 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein per serving.
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Feb 5, 2000

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is a nice fudgy frosting. Does take longer than 3-5 minutes to get to softball stage, at least on my stove.

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Jan 10, 2011

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I have made this recipe twice, and it came out perfect - twice! I almost didn't try it because of the comments, but I followed the recipe as written and it came out perfect. The only thing was letting it cool - it does take a long time to cool - I cooled it in the fridge - once cool, it thickens to the proper consistency to spread perfectly on your cake.

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I cooked and cooked this and it never got I cooled it in a bowl - sitting in a bowl of crushed ice, beating it for quite a while...still too thin. I think there is way too much liquid. I had to add about a cup of powdered sugar to it for it to thicken. Tasted great, but next time I will slowly add the milk until it looks right. Adding the additional sugar made it a little too sweet for my taste.

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Aug 19, 2009

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Loved it. It was very easy to make, I did have to cook longer than 3 to 5 minutes, closer to 15 to 20 minutes for softball. It was very fudgy and delicious!!!!

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