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Easy Cocoa Frosting

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
27 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   1 cup
  

recipe id: 37578
Easy Cocoa Frosting Recipe
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Perfect flavor, and the right texture for spreading with a spatula on a cake, or using a pastry bag to pipe onto cupcakes.

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ingredients

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

directions

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.

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nutrition

63 calories, 2 grams fat, 11 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium.
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Just made this recipe today for cupcakes and don't usually have any frosting on hand. Very, very good and will definitely make this again and again!!!! I followed recipe to the letter and it turned out fantastic! :)


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its good if its to hard add a little hot water n it worked the resipi was nice


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Very good, light and creamy, my favorite now...


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Loved it!


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Good recipe! I did some tweeking, added a bit more powdered sugar (had a strong cocoa taste) and I also added 2 T of peanut butter! If you add peanut butter, add a bit more milk because it gets a little thick. Tastes yummy!


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I loved it. It was so easy to make, plus was so good


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I just made this for my dad's birthday cake, and it's absolutely delicious! It's really easy to make, and comes together very quickly.


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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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Feb 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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Great frosting! Excellent consistency and super easy to make. I didn't modify a thing and it was perfect!


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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! ..now 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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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 Staff Reply:
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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Didn't have evaporated milk, so I was looking for a great recipe! This was perfect! I added in a little extra cocoa for more chocolaty-ness!


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Loved this recipe. excatly what I was looking for. Quick & easy. I did need to add another tblespoon of sugar to make it alittle thicker and just for my own preference, about 1/4 tsp of fine sea salt. I love sweet & salty! This will be my new "go to" frosting!


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This is great, I should mention only because no one else here seemed to, that you should use dutch process cocoa not the regular type. It really makes a difference. I also beat mineat a higher speed quite a bit and it had an airy, satiny, texture that was really good!


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I made it exactly as stated and my whole family loves it! I made this to lightly frost pumpkin cookies for my son's prek party! Big Hit! Thanks for sharing....and I will be using more often!


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Easy to make, smooth and thick. So good!


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This is a great recipe for chocolate icing!! Not too thin or thick, you could put it into an icing bag, but I would do this with caution as it has a decadently rich flavor. It's not too sweet, which makes it good for all!! I made it for the first time tonight, & I've added it as a favorite already!!


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You will never buy another can of pre-made frosting again... I guarantee that you won't


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I think the difficulty rating can be a bit misleading. It was actually quite easy to make and what was great is that this recipe calls for 1/2 the powdered sugar that most the other popular recipes require. The only tip I could add is that I used a whisk to get it started just to keep from causing
a dusty mess with the blender. But the frosting is great, poured over nice and smooth and didn't run all over the place. I give it a 6 out of 5!


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I use this recipe all of the time. It's super easy to remember even when I don't have the recipe around. It's quite a sweet one, but I love sweet frostings. I use it for all cakes/cupcakes that I make. It works especially well with tart lemon cakes. Really good balance of tart and sweet. I find that depending on the day/weather I use a little less milk or a little more milk. I do it with soy milk too and I don't notice a difference. :)


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it was good, but it was thin. i accidentally added an extra trablespoon of milk and i was using soy milk so maybe that was why. i liked it, but my brother said it was so thin he couldn't even taste it. that's kind of silly, granted.