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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (6-Minute Recipe)

This American Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is silky, whipped, decadent, and chocolatey with just the right amount of sweetness. It spreads and pipes beautifully over cakes and Chocolate Cupcakes.

Chocolate buttercream frosting on chocolate cupcake

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Chocolate Buttercream Recipe

This chocolate buttercream frosting is thick and fluffy. It holds its shape well just like Swiss Meringue Buttercream so it’s great for decorating and piping. It also has a rich chocolate flavor.

fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting on whisk

How much frosting does this make?

Frosting Cupcakes? This recipe yields about 2 1/4 cups frosting and generously frosts 12 cupcakes or lightly frosts 24 cupcakes.

Frosting a Cakes? To frost a 9” 2-layer cake, increase the recipe by 50% (i.e. 1 1/2 cups butter, 4 1/2 cups sugar, etc). 

Chocolate Frosting in mixing bowl with green spatula

The Key to Great Buttercream

For the best-textured buttercream, make sure the butter is at the correct temperature. Properly softened butter should be left at room temperature for about 1 1/2 hours, or watch our video on how to soften butter in 5 minutes.

Your butter should feel cool to the touch and you should be able to indent it with your fingertip. Never melt or oversoften butter for the frosting.

Ingredients for Chocolate Buttercream

  • Unsalted butter – should be softened at room temperature
  • Confectioners sugar – also known as powdered sugar. Measured before sifting (sifting is not necessary).
  • Cocoa powdered – natural unsweetened cocoa powder or dutch process.
  • Heavy whipping cream – lightens up and thins the frosting.
  • Vanilla extract – we use real vanilla extract for the best flavor.
  • Salt – balances the sweetness of the buttercream. It’s the secret ingredient in buttercream that makes it taste not too sweet. We use fine sea salt.
Ingredients for making chocolate buttercream frosting with confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, butter, vanilla, salt and cream

How to Make Chocolate Buttercream

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  1. Beat butter in a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment on high speed for 3 minutes until creamy and lightened in color.
  2. Add remaining ingredients – confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. Beat together on low speed until powdered sugar is incorporated then on medium/high speed for another 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl several times. Add more cream if needed to thin the frosting.
Beating butter in mixing bowl
Adding cocoa, powdered sugar, vanilla, salt and cream

Pro Tip: Scrape down the bowl several times to ensure the frosting is evenly blended and even in color. 

Whipped chocolate buttercream frosting made in a mixing bowl

Common Questions

What is the best cocoa powder to use?

Use either unsweetened natural cocoa powder such as Hershey’s brand or dutch process cocoa powder for making chocolate buttercream.

Can I Substitute Heavy Cream?

You can thin the frosting with milk instead of heavy cream, but you may need slightly less. Add it until you reach your desired texture.

Can I double the recipe?

You can easily double the recipe, increasing your mixing times slightly. 

Do I need to sift the dry ingredients?

Funny story, I spent years sifting the dry ingredients for this recipe until I decided to skip the step one day and found it did not make a difference. The ingredients incorporate easily without sifting.

How to Serve Chocolate Buttercream

This frosting is delicious over cakes, cupcakes, sweet bread, cookies you name it! Here are some of our favorite ways to use Chocolate Buttercream frosting:

Chocolate buttercream frosting served on a chocolate cupcake

Make-Ahead

  • To Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to a week (do not store near fish or meat as it may absorb those fridge odors). Bring to room temperature and re-whip to make the frosting fluffy.
  • Freezing: Package the same way as for refrigerating, then freeze up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then bring to room temperature before re-whipping to a fluffy consistency.

Enjoy this easy 6-minute Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. It’s one I’ve been making for years and I will never stop loving this recipe.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (6-Minute Recipe)

5 from 229 votes
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

This American chocolate buttercream frosting is decadent, indulgent, and chocolatey. It has just the right amount of sweetness and is perfect for spreading or piping on cakes or Chocolate Cupcakes.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: American chocolate buttercream, chocolate buttercream frosting
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 275
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. With a handheld mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat butter on high speed for about 3 minutes or until creamy and lightened in color, scraping down the bowl as needed.

  2. Add confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, 3 Tbsp heavy cream, 2 tsp vanilla extract, and 1/4 tsp salt.

  3. Beat on low speed until sugar is incorporated then increase to medium/high speed and beat for 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl several times to ensure everything is well blended. Add another Tablespoon of heavy cream if needed to thin the frosting.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (6-Minute Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 528IU11%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Nancy
    October 3, 2022

    Delicious buttercream frosting – big hit with my family for my husband’s birthday…a definite keeper! I froze half of my cupcakes unfrosted and plan to freeze the frosting in small, quicker thawing segments to use later for my cupcake loving grandkids- any reason that won’t work?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 4, 2022

      Hi Nancy! Thank you, I’m glad you loved this frosting. It freezes well. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag, then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then bring to room temperature before re-whipping to a fluffy consistency.

      Reply

  • Maggie
    October 1, 2022

    What should i replace for heavy whipping cream? Thank you so much. Let me know if this is possible.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 1, 2022

      Hi Maggie, I haven’t tested a substitution for heavy whipping cream, I don’t know that there is anything nearly as creamy causing the frosting not to set up correctly.

      Reply

  • Sewqueen
    September 12, 2022

    Very good and very easy to make. I accidentally used my paddle instead of my wisk and it turned out fine.

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  • Samantha
    September 4, 2022

    This is the best buttercream frosting I’ve ever had, normally I only eat whipped icing. Kids approved too!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 4, 2022

      Wonderful to hear! Thanks for sharing that with us, Samantha.

      Reply

  • Marilyn
    August 31, 2022

    Perfect. I am a cream cheese icing kinda gal who avoided butter cream because I thought it was too sweet. I’ve made this twice now and my guests rave about it, and it is just right . Basically bowl licking good! It is now my go-to chocolate icing.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 31, 2022

      That’s wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that, Marilyn. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Rachelle
    August 21, 2022

    Can i leave the cake out at room temperature if I use this frosting? I’m considering using evaporated milk instead of heavy whipping cream. Is that a good idea? I like to eat cake at room temperature and keep it out of the fridge.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2022

      Hi Rachelle, this recipe is best stored in the fridge.

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  • Kindall J
    August 19, 2022

    Holy cow! This is the best chocolate icing I have ever made!! Normally my icing tears up the top layer of my cake, but this one goes on smooth. Love everything about it

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 19, 2022

      So glad to hear that! 🙂

      Reply

  • Beth
    August 2, 2022

    Oh my goodness! This chocolate buttercream icing is so amazing! I used it with the Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe and they are the BEST cupcakes! I’ll definitely be making them again!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 2, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Beth! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for the review. 🙂

      Reply

  • Emily
    July 31, 2022

    This icing is delicious!! It is now my go-to recipe – thanks for sharing! 😀 One question: what piping tip do you use to get the large, puffy-looking icing on the cupcakes?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 31, 2022

      Hi Emily, I believe this is my 1M wilton, open star tip.

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  • Lisa Jones
    July 27, 2022

    I made this to put on a chocolate zucchini cake and it was absolutely heavenly!!! Everyone loved it. Definitely a keeper for the recipe box!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 27, 2022

      That sounds delicious! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

    • Morgan
      August 12, 2022

      Instead of using 1 cup of butter, could you use 1/2 cup of butter and half cup of shortening?

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      • NatashasKitchen.com
        August 12, 2022

        Hi Morgan! I have not tested this but I have seen many recipes that replace 1/2 the butter with shortening for stability in wedding cakes.

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        • Zelma R Kallay
          September 7, 2022

          I really hate shortening. Could you use cream of tartar for stability along with the butter?

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          • NatashasKitchen.com
            September 7, 2022

            Hi Zelma, I do not use shortening in my frostings but have seen many online like this. I also have never tested cream of tartar in buttercream. This recipe buttercream does not have cream cheese and it is already pretty stable as long as it’s not in direct heat. It will hold at room temperature for several hours.

  • Peter
    July 21, 2022

    I have a family favorite butter cream frosting without cocoa which calls for eggs. Could you add an egg to this recipe?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 21, 2022

      Hi Peter, no, I would not add eggs to this. You may want to search for a chocolate swiss meringue buttercream as it uses egg whites.

      Reply

  • Sandy S
    July 15, 2022

    The frosting was amazing. I absolutely loved it. It was so smooth and not too thin. I used 2 1/2 tbsp of milk instead of heavy cream and it came out delicious. Thank you for a great recipe. I will definitely make it again.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 16, 2022

      So glad to hear that, Sandy. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Tracey Milburn
    July 14, 2022

    I had baked a chocolate cake for my husband but realized I didn’t have any canned icing. So, I did what any good wife would do, I did a Google search for highest rated chocolate icing recipe. I stumbled on this one and I’m so glad I did.

    I will never use canned icing again! This will be my go to icing recipe from now on. My husband absolutely loved the creamy and light texture. Thank you for such a great recipe. 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 14, 2022

      I love that! Thank you for sharing that with us, so happy that you found and loved our recipe!

      Reply

  • Terri Watts
    July 8, 2022

    Would salted butter make a big difference? That’s all I have unfortunately.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2022

      Hi Terri, that will work, but please note that if you use salt, you need to eliminate or use less salt in the recipe. I hope you love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Jackie
    July 7, 2022

    Natasha,
    This buttercream frosting is AHHHMAZING! So glad that I came across it. Thank you for sharing. The best chocolate buttercream that I have come across. I made this for a chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache & it was beyond bakery worthy!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 7, 2022

      So glad to hear that, Jackie. Thank you for sharing. I’m happy you found this recipe.

      Reply

  • Sarah
    July 6, 2022

    I halved the recipe, used milk instead of heavy cream, & added in like half a cup of shredded coconut after mixing the frosting. Yum yum! It’s so good

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Sarah!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 6, 2022

      Hi Sarah, thank you for sharing that with us. Good to know that some of the changes that you made worked so well in this recipe!

      Reply

  • Kathy Doerflinger
    July 6, 2022

    This was easy and absolutely delicious!! I will definitely be using this recipe a lot.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 6, 2022

      So glad you enjoyed it, Kathy! Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • Kim
    July 4, 2022

    The frosting is super thick! I even added more heavy cream to thin it out and then it became to wet looking. It’s not the typical fluffy buttercream one would expect

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 4, 2022

      Hi Kim, if your butter is too cold, it would make this frosting hard to mix and thick. Butter should be soft enough to leave an indent but not overly soft. Click on this link for how to measure your ingredients, if you use too much powder sugar, it can become thick. Lastly, be sure to let it “beat well” as this is what makes the buttercream super fluffy and soft. I hope these tips help.

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  • Melanie
    June 30, 2022

    How long can this sit at room temperature once on cupcakes? Any testers with heat? I need a pipable chocolate frosting my my nieces outdoor grad party where the temp could vary from 50°-90°. NY lol

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 30, 2022

      Hi Melanie. Buttercream will keep well for a day at room temperature but should be refrigerated if longer than that. I usually refrigerate the cake/cupcakes and take them out 1-2hrs prior to serving. They should be kept out of direct sunlight. If you are wanting a more stable buttercream, I would look for a recipe that uses shortening. In most cases, it’s fine to replace 1/2 the butter that a recipe calls for with shortening but I have never tested that myself to advise if it works well with this buttercream. I hope that helps.

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  • Josie
    June 25, 2022

    I have never found a buttercream recipe I have truly loved. Made this for the first time for a yellow cake, I used nestle toll house cocoa powder and hazelnut coffee creamer since I didn’t have heavy whipping cream….wow!! This is the recipe to use!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2022

      Yum! I’m so glad this recipe was a hit! It sounds like you have a new keeper! That’s so great, Josie!

      Reply

  • Sammi
    June 23, 2022

    I made this for my sons first birthday- first time he had chocolate and boy can I say he LOVED IT!!! So did the rest of the family. So creamy and fluffy and the perfect taste of chocolate!!! I used my stand mixer for the second time to make this, your instructions were so easy to follow and this was seriously so delicious I had to hold myself back from eating spoonfuls lol! Thank you Natasha for sharing this!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 23, 2022

      Hello Sammi, that makes my heart happy. Thanks so much for sharing, glad the recipe was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • justine
    May 16, 2022

    Is this enough to frost a 2 layered cake or would I need to double the recipe? (:

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 16, 2022

      Hi Justine, see the recipe notes above for “how much frosting does this make?” 🙂

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    • Marilyn
      July 3, 2022

      You have more than enough for a layer cake—I just make half this recipe for my bundt cake and it was plenty

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  • Peta
    May 15, 2022

    Natasha,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it tastes amazing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 15, 2022

      You’re so welcome, glad you liked it!

      Reply

  • Ew
    May 6, 2022

    This is some great frosting! Super good! I made it for my volleyball team and they loved it! Thanks Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 6, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

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    • Melody
      July 11, 2022

      I have always bought frosting from the store, but this was so easy and so delicious that I’ll always male homemade from now on!

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      • NatashasKitchen.com
        July 11, 2022

        So glad to hear that, Melody! I agree, it’s easy and so much better than store-bought!

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  • Diana
    May 4, 2022

    Could one add espresso powder for a little coffee taste in the frosting? Would it mess up the recipe?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 4, 2022

      Hi Daina, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe!

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  • Rhonda Kelly
    May 2, 2022

    This frosting was quick and easy to make. It tastes amazing as well. I made it the night before my event and stored it in a tupperware bowl with the lid. I let it set out several hours before i tried to fluff and decorate my cupcakes, but it would not mix using the mixer and would not pipe onto my cupcakes. It was soft but it was just not pliable, I’m not sure what I might could do differently in the future. Any suggestions?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 2, 2022

      Hi Rhonda, did you make any substitutions in this recipe? I would look through the recipe again to make sure you did not miss anything. This frosting is stable at room temperature for several hours so it should not be too soft to use. You stated you left this out for several hours… if the room was too warm it could have caused the frosting to become too soft. All you need to do is bring it to room temperature and re-whip it to make the frosting fluffy. If the buttercream is too soft from being overheated, you can refrigerate it again for a little while and take it back out and whip it up. Also, be sure to use a higher-quality butter that has a higher fat content and lower water content as this will produce the best buttercream possible. I hope this helps.

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    • Liz
      June 12, 2022

      I think I would’ve used the frosting right away. When you refrigerate it I think it takes away the flavor.

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  • Glenn
    April 9, 2022

    Wow, this is amazing frosting! My wife loves chocolate peanut butter frosting on her birthday cake. In the past when I added peanut butter to my other frosting recipe it gets very thick, quickly. Do you think this recipe could stay fluffy with peanut butter added?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

      Hi Glenn, I don’t have one currently but thank you for the great suggestion! If you happen to test that out, I’d love to know how you like it!

      Reply

  • Stephanie Dwyer
    April 8, 2022

    I did add one more egg to the cake and on the icing a changed the heavy whipping cream I add oatmeal milk and it came out great thanks for the recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Stephanie!

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  • Sandy
    April 7, 2022

    Do you refrigerate the buttercream frosting after it’s done and once I frosted the cake does the whole cake go into the frigerator

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 7, 2022

      Hi Sandy, you can store it in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to a week in the refrigerator (do not store it near fish or meat as it may absorb those fridge odors). Bring to room temperature and re-whip to make the frosting fluffy. If you are frosting the cake, you can put the frosted cake in the refrigerator and take it out about 1-2 hours prior to serving.

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  • Marilyn Stevens
    April 5, 2022

    So yummy! Made it for my husband’s birthday topping a peanut butter cake. Just finished licking the beaters. Everyone is going to love it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2022

      I hope it becomes a hit!

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  • Sarah
    April 3, 2022

    Easy, delicious, and nice and chocolatey. Tested and made with both almond milk and 1% and both worked vs the cream.
    I had about 1&1/8 cup butter and added slightly more of the rest of the ingredients. Made enough to lightly frost an 11×15 single sheet cake. Perfect!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2022

      Thanks for the awesome feedback, Sarah!

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  • Lynne
    March 22, 2022

    I have looked so long for an easy and perfect chocolate frosting recipe. My search is over!! It reminded me so much of my grandmother’s chocolate frosting she always made for the birthday cakes she’d make for me. The frosting is fluffy, easy to spread and rich. I’m printing this recipe and putting it in my personal cookbook aka binder with favorite recipes. ☺️ Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 22, 2022

      Hi Lynne! So happy you found a favorite. Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • Pam Pollard
    March 22, 2022

    You are pretty much the only blogger I follow and use your recipes. Thanks so much for all your work it must take to keep it going day after day.. I love your sense of humor as well. God bless you…Pam

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 22, 2022

      Aww! You’re so nice! Thank you, Pam! you just made my day!

      Reply

  • DeAnna
    March 19, 2022

    I do not have unasked butter. Can you substitute salted butter and omit the salt?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2022

      Hi DeAnna, yes, if you use salted, you need to either eliminate or use less salt. I hope you love this recipe.

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    • monica
      March 21, 2022

      no, you should never use salted butter when baking cause you never know how much salt is in it

      Reply

  • Debra Mack
    March 15, 2022

    I was looking for a chocolate cupcake recipe and I saw your recipe, I will try it.
    Thanks for sharing

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 15, 2022

      You’re very welcome. I hope you love it. Come back and let us know how it turns out for you.

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    • Leisa
      March 19, 2022

      Today is my granddaughters birthday, she’s 3, and I’ve searched and searched for a good chocolate frosting recipe and this one is perfect! Thank you

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        March 19, 2022

        You’re welcome! I hope she loves it too! Happy birthday to your Granddaughter!

        Reply

  • Kim
    March 12, 2022

    First time making buttercream frosting and I did it with my granddaughter. I will never buy frosting again! Incredibly easy, fluffy and spreadable. Love the flavor! Just awesome!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 13, 2022

      Thanks for sharing, Kim. I’m so happy to know that you loved the recipe!

      Reply

  • Amber
    March 12, 2022

    I made this frosting for the first time tonight and oh my goodness it’s the absolute best tasting frosting. I did end up using about 7-8 tablespoons of the heavy whipping cream to get the frosting where I wanted it. A friend of mine who doesn’t like chocolate and said she doesn’t care for frosting in general was eating it with a spoon. Yes, it’s that good, I highly recommend this recipe. It’s definitely a keeper for me and I can’t wait to try some other flavors of this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing. 😁

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 12, 2022

      Wow! That’s when you know it’s good! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Jacquelyn
    March 9, 2022

    How many times should i make this recipe to frost a 12×18 sheet cake? I will be making this soon! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 9, 2022

      Hi Jacquelyn, I have never made this much frosting so I am not sure. You could probably find a chart online that tells roughly how many cups of buttercream you’d need to frost a cake of that dimension. This roughly makes about 2 1/4 cups of frosting. I hope that helps!

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  • DLM
    March 4, 2022

    I used 2% milk instead of heavy whipping cream. Turned out great.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 4, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, DLM!

      Reply

  • Paula
    March 1, 2022

    Perfect! We had to use half and half so it was a little fluffier vs creamier, but taste was perfection. Thank you so much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 1, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Paula!

      Reply

  • Vandana
    February 22, 2022

    I tried this recipe today and it was the best Chocolate buttercream ever!! Although I had to add more than 4 tbsp of heavy cream to have the desired consistency but this is going to be my go to recipe. Not overly sweet and chocolate lay!!

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  • Someone
    February 14, 2022

    It tasted good but it turned out really thick and made the cake start falling apart.

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    • Natasha
      February 15, 2022

      Hi, that usually means you should have added more liquid at the end until you reach the desired consistency. The amount can vary depending on how much sugar you used so add 1 Tbsp at a time until you reach the texture you like.

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  • Mosey
    February 13, 2022

    This was the best chocolate buttercream recipe I have ever used. It wasn’t too sweet it was just right.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2022

      Hello Mosey, thanks a lot for your great review. Good to know that you enjoyed this recipe!

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  • Aswathi Thomas
    February 13, 2022

    This chocolate frosting recipe was DELICIOUS!!! Thank you so much Natasha!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2022

      Love it! Thanks a lot for your wonderful feedback and review.

      Reply

  • Emma
    February 13, 2022

    I cant see any measurements for the ingrediants? am i missing this?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2022

      Hi Emma, you may go to the recipe card by clicking Jump to recipe.

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  • Carrie
    February 3, 2022

    What alternative could I use if I dont have heavy whipping cream on hand?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2022

      Hi Carrie, I haven’t tested a substitution for heavy whipping cream, I don’t know that there is anything nearly as creamy causing the frosting not to set up correctly.

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  • Elizabeth Q
    January 30, 2022

    This recipe is the best! The chocolate comes through like a champ, but not too sweet. I didn’t have heavy cream, so I used unsweetened vanilla silk. Came out perfect!!?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2022

      Hi Elizabeth, great to hear that unsweetened vanilla silk worked well for this recipe too!

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  • Amanda R.
    January 28, 2022

    Perfect! Halved it because I didn’t have enough sugar, and it worked great for my quick chocolate cake. So light and fluffy! And I had cold butter to start (!!0.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Amanda!

      Reply

  • trish
    January 28, 2022

    Would you double the recipe for 3 tier 9 inch cake? Thank you looks delicious.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      Hi Trish, I haven’t tested that, but that may be best! I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Marilyn
    January 18, 2022

    This is by far the best chocolate frosting I have ever had! Just follow Natasha’s instructions and you will have great success. From one chocolate lover to another—don’t lose this recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Doris Banks
    January 15, 2022

    I made your chocolate buttercream frosting. It was easy and very quick. The longest time was softening the butter. My whole family loved it. It was very good the cake was even level.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2022

      Thanks for your good comments and feedback, Doris!

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  • MARILYN
    January 9, 2022

    I would like to make this for my daughter’s birthday. My question is would the leftover frosted cake need to be refrigerated or can it be left out?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      Hi Marilyn, you can store in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to a week (do not store near fish or meat as it may absorb those fridge odors). Bring to room temperature and re-whip to make the frosting fluffy.

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  • Charlotte
    January 7, 2022

    Hi, I’m thinking about making this today. I’ve made a 3 layer, 8 inch cake that I want to generously frost. Would a double batch be enough? I saw that 1.5 batches for a two layer cake. Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 8, 2022

      Hi Charlotte, I haven’t tried this frosting with a 3-layer cake to advise on the amount of frosting needed. If you happen to test that, I’d like to know how you like this recipe!

      Reply

  • Debbie Scott
    December 20, 2021

    When making the buttercream chocolate frosting, Can I substitute salted butter and leave out the salt?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Hi Debbie, that should work! I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Robin Prothro
    December 13, 2021

    Does this crust enough to pipe rosettes or other decorations? Or should I sub out some of the butter for high ratio shortening?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 13, 2021

      Hi Robin, this frosting spreads and pipes beautifully. I haven’t tried rosettes specifically, but if you look at the main image in the recipe, the piping holds up nicely.

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  • Michelle
    December 10, 2021

    I made this chocolate buttercream frosting for my husband’s cupcakes on his birthday and they were unbelievable! The taste is phenomenal!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 10, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Mary
    December 9, 2021

    Hi ! I have kids that have to be lactose free, will this recipe work with the country crock plant base ” butter ” ? Does it have to be heavy cream or can it be milk? They have to be nut free as well 😔 so I can’t use the lactose free heavy creams on the market.
    Thanks !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 10, 2021

      Hi Mary, I haven’t tested anything that is non-dairy. I know canned coconut milk can be whipped, but you will need to do a google search to see if it can be turned into a chocolate frosting.

      Reply

  • Elle
    November 21, 2021

    Wonderful recipe! It is now my go to chocolate buttercream! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 21, 2021

      I’m happy to know that, Elle. Thank you for sharing!

      Reply

  • Michele
    November 18, 2021

    I tried making the chocolate butter cream frosting. It didn’t look nice & rich dark brown frosting. It was light brown in color. Not very inviting. Taste was good but look was off.

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    • Natasha
      November 22, 2021

      Hi Michele, did you use a different kind of cocoa powder? That could make a difference if your color was different than what is shown in the photos.

      Reply

  • Jana Jaap
    October 25, 2021

    I’ve been looking for a good chocolate frosting that isn’t super sweet: and this turned out wonderfully! I put them on vanilla cupcakes. Yum!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 25, 2021

      I’m glad you found and loved this recipe, Jana!

      Reply

  • Jessica from Magalia
    October 21, 2021

    Made this for my granddaughters 1st birthday cake & she absolutely loved it!!! Great taste with great texture!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Jessica!

      Reply

  • Dianna
    October 17, 2021

    I just make 3 batches of this Chocolate Buttercream for 42 jumbo chocolate cupcakes, the frosting was AWESOME! It tasted great and was so creamy so it covered them nicely! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      Thank you for the review, Dianna! Great to hear that you loved it!

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  • Genevieve
    October 14, 2021

    Thank you Natasha for the recipe! Did this frosting for my son’s birthday and it was really tasty plus the cake looked gorgeous.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2021

      You’re welcome, Genevieve. Happy to hear that it was a success!

      Reply

  • Keri
    October 7, 2021

    I made this for my homemade yellow cake, and it was delicious! This chocolate buttercream recipe is exactly what is stated; it only takes approximately 6 minutes, and very light without the heaviness (smile). Thank you for sharing such a delicious frosting, and I’ll be making this for now on. It’s a winner! (smile).

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 7, 2021

      Fantastic feedback! Thank you for sharing your experience with this recipe, Keri. So glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Bongiwe
    October 5, 2021

    This looks like a great recipe. Can the heavy whipping cream be substituted for milk instead?

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    • October 5, 2021

      I haven’t tested that and I assume the whole milk would not be nearly as creamy causing the frosting not to set up correctly.

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  • Abby
    September 24, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I’m making 6 inches chocolate cake. How much butter and confection sugar should I use? Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 25, 2021

      Hi Abby, please see this section in the recipe: “How much frosting does this make?” I hope it’s helpful!

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  • mark bill
    September 19, 2021

    Just made a batch, thank you for making it extremely easy, I’ve never attempted it before because I didn’t think I’d get it right lol my piping skills need some work lmao but the frosting turned out awesome.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 19, 2021

      Hello Mark, nice work! Good to know that you enjoyed how it turned out.

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  • Joe
    September 11, 2021

    Hi Natasha , Do you have a recipe for a creamy peanut butter frosting?

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    • Natasha
      September 11, 2021

      Hi Joe, I don’t have one currently but thank you for the great suggestion

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  • Ann Marie Procopio
    September 8, 2021

    I really love your video recipes and you talking us through it step by step, sorry I miss it and found it not as helpful to just have music, your voice makes it much more approachable to tackle and try new recipes (and I have done quite a few)

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    • Natasha
      September 8, 2021

      Hi Ann, we only have the short videos are the simple recipes that are about a minute long, but we do have the full video with voice on our Chocolate Cake video. I hope that helps and thanks for that feedback.

      Reply

  • Marianne
    September 5, 2021

    Thank you for this recipe. We are hosting good friends in our new home and this recipe to go with vanilla cupcakes. I did not have all ingredients for cupcakes so I used Betty Crocker boxed mix. But I wanted the cupcakes to be special so I made this frosting recipe and my guests really loved it and raved about the frosting. Thank you! l really appreciate your recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 6, 2021

      You’re very welcome, Marianne! I’m happy to hear that it was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    September 4, 2021

    Would I need to increase the recipe for a 9″x13″ sheet cake, or would this be enough to cover the top of the cake?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 4, 2021

      Hi Jennifer, yes, you will need to increase the recipe for a 9×13. Please see the note in the recipe “How much frosting does this make?”

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  • Susan
    August 31, 2021

    Do I need to sift the confectioners sugar?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 1, 2021

      Hi Susan, please see this note in the recipe: “Confectioners sugar – also known as powdered sugar. Measured before sifting (sifting is not necessary).”

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  • Bonnie
    August 2, 2021

    With request from my niece asking for a yellow cake with chocolate frosting for her B-day. I don’t buy the store self frosting, way to much sugar for my tastebuds. So, I made this buttercream chocolate frosting. OMG…silky, creamy, buttery and absolutely DELICIOUS!!
    Natasha thank you for another one of your awesome recipes!! Everyone enjoyed it so very much!! Definitely a keeper in my recipe book!! I will share with ALL my family & friends with delight!! 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 2, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Happy birthday to your niece! I’m so glad you all enjoyed this frosting!

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  • Jenna
    July 23, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    I made your chocolate buttercream frosting yesterday and it was delicious, but it had a grainy texture even though I used powdered sugar. Can you please tell me what may have gone wrong? Maybe using icing sugar would have helped?
    Also how do we prevent the frosting from melting? Any solutions for that?
    It would be highly appreciated if you could clarify these for me. Thanks in advance! 🙂

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    • Natasha
      July 24, 2021

      Hi Jenna, this buttercream is pretty stable normally. It sounds like either the butter was oversoftenend or too cold – either of these two could be the culprit for a grainy frosting. A buttercream should not melt unless you put it in a very warm environment or out in the sun so I would avoid both, but this is normally stable for several hours at room temperature. I would refrigerate overnight.

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      • Jenna
        July 26, 2021

        How soft should the butter be ideally? Sorry for asking such a question, but I have no idea regarding all of this as I am a beginner in baking.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 26, 2021

          I haven’t tested that to advise on the outcome. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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        • Patti
          July 28, 2021

          Jenna, set your butter on the counter to soften, not melted. If your room is too warm and the butter gets too soft, chill it back up a bit. You want to be able to spread it. It’s great you are new to baking, hope you enjoy it!!

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  • JACK & POLLY
    July 15, 2021

    We made this today……………AWESOME!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 15, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Nancy
    July 9, 2021

    Very rich;
    very deliciou!
    Thanks Natasha

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  • Delana
    June 26, 2021

    I used you chocolate butter cream recipe and it was absolutely perfect in texture. Thank you for posting

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2021

      You’re welcome, Delana! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Beenish fatima
    June 26, 2021

    Hello Natasha I love yr baking please tell me the trick to make a soft and moist chocolate cake

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2021

      Hi Beenish, have you tried our chocolate cake recipe? It is so soft! I hope you give it a try!

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  • Meerub
    June 26, 2021

    Should I double the recipe to 18 people in the recipe card for 9”2 layer cake to frost the cake

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 28, 2021

      He Meerub, To frost a 9” 2-layer cake, increase the recipe by 50% (i.e., 1 1/2 cups butter, 4 1/2 cups sugar, etc.). Also, have you tried our chocolate cake recipe? It is so soft! I hope you give it a try!

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  • Susanna Pollock
    June 25, 2021

    Hi there, I don’t have heavy cream, will 10% be okay? I made the cupcakes last night and they turned out perfectly! All your cake recipes are outstanding!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2021

      Hi Susanna, I think that will work. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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  • Meerub
    June 25, 2021

    Should I double the recipe to 18 people in the recipe card

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2021

      Hi Meerub, this recipe makes 12 cupcakes, so you can make double the recipe and have extra or adjust the recipe to 18 cupcakes and use those measurements. I hope that helps!

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  • Meerub
    June 24, 2021

    I want to make a 9”2-layer cake so can u tell me how much coco powder to use to make this
    buttercream
    Btw love your videos:)

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 24, 2021

      Hi Merrub, I recommend reading through the recipe notes, we note there “scale it up by 50% for a 2-layer cake”. “Frosting a Cakes? To frost a 9” 2-layer cake, increase the recipe by 50% (i.e. 1 1/2 cups butter, 4 1/2 cups sugar, etc).” I hope this is helpful!

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  • Vicki Modica
    June 13, 2021

    Simply perfect. New go to recipe. I used salted butter, so left that out and it was perfect. Soooo much better than canned frosting, which tastes awful to me anymore! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 13, 2021

      Hi Vicky, you are very welcome! I’m glad to know that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for sharing that with us.

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  • Renee Livingood
    June 11, 2021

    Extremely decadent and delicious frosting! Went perfectly on top of your chocolate cupcake recipe!! My 3 kids wanted to eat the frosting off the top slowly to enjoy it by itself before diving into the wonderful cupcake 😀

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2021

      Yum! I’m so glad you paired those two together! Sounds perfect! That is the best when kids love what we parents make. That’s so great!

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  • Chloé
    May 24, 2021

    Easiest and best chocolate frosting ever! I halved the recipe to go along with the chocolate cupcakes recipe, making only one major change and two minor ones: I decreased the amount of powdered/confectioner’s sugar to a 1/2 cup (personal preference). It still turned out so fluffy and creamy, perfectly chocolatey too! The minor changes I made were halving the salt and swapping heavy cream for half and half. You can’t beat an easy to follow recipe with impressive results!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 24, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Chloe!

      Reply

  • Nassira Bedford
    May 21, 2021

    I made the frosting last week it is sooooo yummy!
    thanks for the recipe 😉

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 21, 2021

      You’re welcome and glad you liked it!

      Reply

  • Tanuja
    May 6, 2021

    Can I use cold whipping cream?

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  • Michelle Diaz
    May 1, 2021

    So I started, and it worked beautifully tasted REALLY GOOD, and looked awesome, then I scooped it into the piping bag only to realize it wasn’t creamy enough.
    So I had to throw away the piping bag after scooping out the frosting, and that was sad .
    BUT then I added cream and it worked better, I mean, I’m no expert at piping , but this was much better than my attempt with your Swiss buttercream (very badly done on my part and I’m quite sure it was operators error)
    So yeah I filled the cupcakes with whipped chocolate ganache (they were chocolate cupcakes with chocolate filling and chocolate frosting! Talk about a chocolate overload!!!) and then piped the frosting on top.
    It was much easier to pipe than a lot of the frostings I’ve made before and I can’t wait to make it again!!
    Thanks so much Sally and Team!!!
    Y’all are the best and I can’t wait for you next recipe!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2021

      Thank you for sharing that with me, Michelle! I’m glad you enjoyed our frosting recipe.

      Reply

  • Kiran
    April 30, 2021

    Hi Natasha
    Can I skip the chocolate and add food color to make different designs ? How does colored frosting works?
    Thanks

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  • Natasha's Kitchen
    April 27, 2021

    That’s so nice of you, thank you so much for your recommendation and awesome review! I’m so glad you are enjoying my recipes and videos.

    Reply

  • Linda
    April 27, 2021

    just made this frosting. It is just so yummy!!!!
    Thank you so much for all your fabulous recipes. Rating a 5

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 27, 2021

      You’re welcome, Linda! I’m so happy you enjoyed this frosting.

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      • Alena
        April 29, 2021

        You and your husband are so talented with the videos, great job 👍

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          April 29, 2021

          Hi Alena, we appreciate that. Thank you!

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  • Betsy
    April 27, 2021

    So light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious! Perfect topping for all my decorating needs! Even if it’s just a smear between graham crackers! 😀

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 27, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Betsy!

      Reply

  • anthony chihuahua
    April 27, 2021

    Yummy sounding, fluffy frosting recipe. I will add this to my must-make frosting recipes!
    I❤️Cakes and Cookies!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 27, 2021

      Aren’t they the best?! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Mystery Girl
    April 27, 2021

    Natasha’s I love this buttercream mine turn out delcious. Thank you for all your videos you help me. People please subscribe to her youtube channel it has tons of delicious food and dessert. Thank you 🤗☺️💖

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 27, 2021

      I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes and videos! Thank you for that wonderful compliment!

      Reply

  • Mystery Girl
    April 27, 2021

    Natasha, I love this buttercream it was so easy to do it I love your videos. People, please subscribe to her channel on youtube because she makes awesome food and dessert.🤗☺️

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 27, 2021

      Thank you so much for your great feedback and recommendation. I appreciate it!

      Reply

      • Verily
        June 26, 2021

        For someone who is sensitive to whipping cream, what would you suggest using?

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        • Natasha
          June 27, 2021

          Hi Verily, I haven’t tested anything that is non-dairy. I know canned coconut milk can be whipped, but you will need to do a google search to see if it can be turned into a chocolate frosting.

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  • Erin
    April 27, 2021

    I used this recipe to teach my daughter how to make cake frosting. It turned out perfectly! Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 27, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! I’m so glad you got to this together. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • MW
    April 27, 2021

    The softest and fluffiest frosting! It was delicious on the boxed cake mix cupcakes I made. And especially yummy straight off the spoon lol

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 27, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

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