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Easy Cocoa Frosting

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recipe is ready in under 30 minutes time: under 30 minutes

serves/makes:   1 cup


recipe id: 37578

Easy Cocoa Frosting Recipe
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3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Add all ingredients to a bowl. With a hand mixer, beat to spreading consistency. Add milk as needed to thin.

One batch makes enough for a 8 or 9-inch layer cake. For a 9x13 cake, double the recipe.


63 calories, 2 grams fat, 11 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium.
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Great frosting! Excellent consistency and super easy to make. I didn't modify a thing and it was the right texture for spreading with a spatula or using a pastry bag to pipe onto cupcakes (as shown in our photo).

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yum yum that icing was sooooooooooooooo
good, I put it on my brownies I made and
it was really yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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I am not a fan of powdered sugar icing, I usually use the flour paste/butter kind. But I didn't feel like it today and having doing countless searches online, I gave this one a try for its simpleness. I am so glad I did, it is perfect and my son loves it. So now I have a quick, perfect chocolate icing to go to now, thanks!

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This is a classic and delicious. Works perfectly and delivers on taste and texture.

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Member since: February 13, 2014
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This is such a yummy cocoa icing. So easy and quick to make. Thanks!

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I loved it was very easy and the taste is really good just what I wanted for 12 cupcakes

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Spotted this on your site just in time to make Thanksgiving dessert. Delicious and nothing could be easier. Though I didn't have a pastry bag, so I applied it by using the old zip-loc bag snipped at the corner trick.

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i doubled the recipe and did a tiny bit of tweaking (it tasted great before the tweaking too)..i added a little more powdered sugar and 2 cap fulls (about 1 1/2-2 tbs for the doubled recipe) of vegetable oil to give it a little bit of shine and it looks and tastes great! i have to wait for my cupcakes to finish so i can ice them!

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This recipe works 100% of the time. To the other reviewer, clearly your review is fake and meant solely to bring down the value of this recipe for whatever reason since you didn't seem to even make it since you didn't provide any details. I use this frosting all the time and it comes out perfectly. PERFECTLY. I have no idea what your expectations were of a frosting recipe but this is PERFECT FROSTING.

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Member since: July 24, 2013
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I registered just to point out that this garbage recipe ruined my cake. Go elsewhere, seriously. I am an experienced cake maker and thought I would try this and it was just horrid.

CDKitchen Note: You're an experience cake maker yet you couldn't give better reasons why this recipe didn't work? Not a helpful review if you can't explain what went wrong. Simply saying it's "garbage" isn't helpful or descriptive. Others have had success with the recipe so it would be helpful to hear why your version didn't turn out. You also gave it 5 stars... ?

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