The Best Chocolate Frosting!! This chocolate cream cheese frosting is easy to make, silky smooth and pipes beautifully. | natashaskitchen.com

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This chocolate cream cheese frosting is a chocolate lovers dream. This chocolate frosting is silky smooth, surprisingly easy to make, and pipes onto cupcakes or cakes beautifully.

It works really well over either of the chocolate cupcakes that I’ve posted: (1) Moist Chocolate Cupcakes – easy peasy or (2) super fluffy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes.

I’ve gotten loads of requests for a perfect chocolate cupcake frosting recipe and I know you’ll be impressed with this one. The cream cheese base gives it a lighter whipped texture. It’s not overly rich or overly sweet, but is super chocolatey and will win you over.

Yields: about 3 cups of frosting to generously frost 18 cupcakes or reasonably frost 24 cupcakes. It would also be enough to frost an 8 or 9-inch two layer round cake.

The Best Chocolate Frosting!! This chocolate cream cheese frosting is easy to make, silky smooth and pipes beautifully. | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Chocolate Frosting Recipe:

8 oz package cream cheese, room temp
8 Tbsp (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temp
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

This chocolate cream cheese frosting is easy to make, silky smooth and pipes beautifully. @natashaskitchen

How to Make Whipped Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer using paddle attachment (or using an electric hand mixer with a large bowl), beat together 8 oz cream cheese with 8 Tbsp butter on medium/high speed until creamy (3 min), scraping down the bowl as needed.

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2. Sift in 3 cups powdered sugar with 1/2 cup cocoa powder to ensure there are no lumps then add 1/4 tsp salt. Mix on low speed until well combined, scrape down the bowl well then increase to medium/high speed and beat until smooth and whipped (1 min).

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3. Add 1 tsp vanilla and beat on medium/high until smooth (1 min). Now it’s ready to be piped onto cooled cupcakes.

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The Best Chocolate Frosting!! This chocolate cream cheese frosting is easy to make, silky smooth and pipes beautifully. | natashaskitchen.com

Note: it’s best to pipe the frosting on after it is made. If you refrigerate the frosting, it will need a little time at room temp to soften and become pipe-able. 

Best Chocolate Frosting! Whipped Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

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Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
The Best Chocolate Frosting!! This chocolate cream cheese frosting is easy to make, silky smooth and pipes beautifully. | natashaskitchen.com
This chocolate cream cheese frosting is a chocolate lovers dream. Frosts 18-24 cupcakes or an 8 or 9-inch two layer round cake.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 3 cups frosting

Instructions

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer using paddle attachment (or using an electric hand mixer with a large bowl), beat together 8 oz cream cheese with 8 Tbsp butter on medium/high speed until creamy (3 min), scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Sift in 3 cups powdered sugar with 1/2 cup cocoa powder to ensure there are no lumps then add 1/4 tsp salt. Mix on low speed until well combined, scrape down the bowl well then increase to medium/high speed and beat until smooth and whipped (1 min).
  • Add 1 tsp vanilla and beat on medium/high until smooth (1 min). Now it's ready to be piped onto cooled cupcakes.

Notes

It's best to pipe the frosting on after it is made. If you refrigerate the frosting, it will need a little time at room temp to soften and become pipe-able.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Frosting, Whipped Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
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  • Rachel De Young
    April 9, 2024

    I’ve been making this icing for years! Love it so much, it’s almost like chocolate fudge!!! Making a batch today to use with a boxed Golden Yellow cake mix. Thanks so much for such a fantastic recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2024

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

      Reply

  • Jenny
    February 11, 2024

    Sounds delicious! I want to make these the day of about 5 hours prior to serving. How should I store them? House temperature is around 67 degrees.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 12, 2024

      Hi Jenny! Because of the cream cheese, it should stay refrigerated and can be out at room temperature no more than 2hrs for food safety.

      Reply

  • Christine Mattingly
    January 21, 2024

    So,, almost went to the store to buy the sacrilege can of chocolate frosting. I’m really glad I didn’t do that. I never thought in a million years that I would go gaga over frosting but here we are. Gaga enough to leave a review. Half of it went into the freezer… I really don’t know why. Because I could actually see myself sitting and eating the rest of it. It’s just that good. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2024

      You’re welcome, Christine. Thanks for sharing your experience trying this recipe. Glad that you liked it!

      Reply

  • Heidi
    January 19, 2024

    I just made this cream cheese icing to go along with my homemade chocolate cupcakes and it is delicious. Simple & quick to make, and easy to pipe on to cupcakes. This will be my go to and I would highly recommend. (not overly sweet .. just perfect)

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 19, 2024

      Thank so much, Heidi! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

      Reply

  • Chey
    November 24, 2023

    Wow!! So easy! Very nice, rich chocolate and perfect for piping! Pretty sure this is going to be my regular go-to Choco Frost! Thank you for sharing only deliciousness!! 🙂

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2023

      You’re very welcome, Chey!

      Reply

  • Nana
    October 27, 2023

    I am saving alot of your recipes bc they look GREAT and I’m sure TASTY. Do you have recipes for chocolate and vanilla FROSTING that are fluffy, whipped and not to sweet? Thank you

    Reply

  • Florence Fernandes
    October 5, 2023

    This is the BEST CHOCOLATE FROSTING!!! I made your vanilla cupcakes 🧁 but added chocolate chips and the chocolate frosting on top. These were THE BEST cupcakes I’ve ever made. This made my husband’s 40th one to remember 😊❤️

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 5, 2023

      I’m so glad to hear that! Happy Birthday to your husband!

      Reply

  • Elaine
    September 28, 2023

    will this frosting taste good with your easy chocolate cupcakes [the kind that uses coffee]?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 28, 2023

      Hi Elaine, yes, it will work great with those cupcakes. Here’s the note we have in the recipe “It works really well over either of the chocolate cupcakes that I’ve posted: Moist Chocolate Cupcakes – easy peasy”

      Reply

  • Diana
    September 9, 2023

    Would this recipe work as a cream cheese frosting by just leaving out the chocolate?

    Reply

  • Olga
    August 3, 2023

    Hi Natasha.
    Can i use cool whip instead of heavy whipping cream? Is there a difference between them? Thanks!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 3, 2023

      Hi Olga! They are not the same and it depends on the recipe. There is no heavy cream in this one.

      Reply

  • Jenny
    February 28, 2023

    This is great! I am not a fan of buttercream, but with the cream cheese this one is delicious.
    I think it’s a great option for people who don’t like normal buttercream but need a firmer frosting for decorating. It’s so good!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 28, 2023

      Hi Jenny! Thank you for sharing that. I’m glad you loved it. 🙂

      Reply

  • Marietta
    February 1, 2023

    Hello.
    Please, could you advise?
    I would like to make this recipe in two days time for birthday cupcakes, however I am little concerned about the sweetness. If I reduce the sugar by half, should I change any other quantities for a good consistency?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 1, 2023

      Hi Marietta! I think it could work but I haven’t tested it myself to advise what the consistency would be like. Feel free to experiment with it. If the frosting is too soft to pipe or work with, you can try refrigerating it for a bit or add more sugar until it reaches a better consistency.

      Reply

  • Beth Reed
    August 22, 2022

    Where have you been all my life “made from scratch vanilla cream cheese frosting”? Today was my first time making this recipe and I am so excited to make it again already. It is delicious and makes a beautiful pillowy frosting perfect for topping your favorite cupcake flavor. Thank you so much for sharing 🫶

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 22, 2022

      Hi Beth! I’m so glad you love this frosting. 🙂 You’re very welcome!

      Reply

  • Mariam
    April 13, 2022

    I made this as a filling for my chocolate cake and it was amazing!! Super creamy and delicious!! Must try 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 13, 2022

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

      Reply

  • Sarah
    March 19, 2022

    Too sour/cream cheesy for my family. It is an easy, smooth and easily spread frosting if you REALLY like the cream cheese part.

    Reply

  • Harriet
    March 19, 2022

    Just made this but cut the butter in half and added additional cream cheese. I needed to add
    A bit of milk to loosen it but wow, the flavour and smoothness was spot on. Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 19, 2022

      That is great, Harriet. Thank you for sharing with us. I’m happy you enjoyed the frosting!

      Reply

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