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Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Put down that canned chocolate frosting! If you have ten minutes, you can make this Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Frost everything with it. Trust me.


  • 3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup Cocoa powder (sifted)
  • Pinch table salt
  • 4 cups Confectioners' sugar (powdered)
  • 1/2 cup Heavy cream very cold
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon Vanilla extract


  • In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip butter, cocoa powder, and salt over medium/high speed until combined. Turn the mixer off and add the confectioners' sugar all at once.
  • Turn the mixer on to the lowest speed and whip until the confectioners' sugar is completely combined with the butter/cocoa powder mixture. It will look super grainy/sandy at this point.
  • Stop and scrape the mixer to incorporate.
  • Turn the mixer to medium/high speed and add the heavy cream in 2 parts, allowing the heavy cream to thicken each time before adding in more cream. Add the vanilla extract and continue whipping the frosting until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Fills and frosts one 8-inch cake or one dozen cupcakes.