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. 

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Best Chocolate Frosting! Whipped Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

4.92 from 170 votes
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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  • Alison
    February 9, 2022

    This frosting is the best. Easy to make & so light & yummy. I have some extra frosting. How long does it keep in the fridge?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 9, 2022

      It will stay good in the refrigerator for several days, but you will have to let it get closer to room temp for it to pipe easily.

      Reply

  • carole
    January 11, 2022

    is this frosting pipeable with tips to make flowers and borders
    thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2022

      Hi Carole, I would say it pipes well! Here’s what one of our readers wrote: “It is so creamy and smooth and pipes like a dream.” I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • VICKI L SHATTUCK
    October 22, 2021

    Does this icing need to be refrigerated after it’s on the cake?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2021

      Hi Vicki, since it has cream, yes, it does! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Deanna
    August 22, 2021

    This was very pleasant. It has a mild cream cheese flavor, but not overpowering. Though because the chocolate flavor wasn’t enough for me, next time, I’ll use dark cocoa powder for more flavor.
    It was delightfully creamy and I loved it. Thanks so much!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 22, 2021

      Sounds good! Feel free to change it up a bit and adjust it according to your personal preference.

      Reply

  • sugaraddict
    August 1, 2021

    Hi Natasha!
    How many days can the leftover buttercream be refrigerated?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 2, 2021

      It will stay good in the refrigerator for several days, but you will have to let it get closer to room temp for it to pipe easily.

      Reply

  • Randy
    June 15, 2021

    Just tried this as a frosting for cupcakes and as a filling for a chocolate cake. Super easy to make and tastes great. 5 stars

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 15, 2021

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

      Reply

  • Randy
    June 15, 2021

    Just tried this as a frosting for cupcakes and as a filling for a chocolate cake. Super easy to make and tastes great.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 15, 2021

      Glad you liked it, Randy!

      Reply

  • Paula
    May 30, 2021

    This is a wonderful chocolate frosting! You really can’t go wrong and everyone love it and kept commenting on how delicious the frosting was. I put it on the chocolate cupcake recipe that makes 12 cupcakes. It is actually too much frosting for that recipe but it is fabulous.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2021

      Hello Paula, that a nice review. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Tina
    April 21, 2021

    Hi there. It’s this cream hard Enough do use it as a filling for a fondant cake?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 21, 2021

      Hi Tina, I have not tested this under fondant to advise. If you experiment please let me know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Areej
    April 2, 2021

    Can i use this frosting to frost a teddy bear cake? Will it do good with wilton’s 233 tip to make frosting look like fur?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 2, 2021

      Hi Areej, I haven’t tested that to advise, but it may work! As always, I recommended testing a new method before making it for a big event.

      Reply

  • Helen Hayes
    March 21, 2021

    I made this today for the first time. I looked through several recipes before selecting yours. So glad I did. It is a easy and absolutely delicious frosting. It does need that little bit of salt so glad I added it to bring out the right amount of sweetness. I will be using your recipes more often from now on.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 21, 2021

      Hi Helen, that is so wonderful to know. Thank you so much for your good comments and feedback. I hope you’ll love every recipe that you will try!

      Reply

  • Lili
    February 17, 2021

    Everybody loved this frosting which I now make my go-to basic chocolate frosting. Delicious, inexpensive and so simple to make! And when it’s refrigerated it eats like fudge. Literally perfect. Thank you you so much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 17, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Lili! Thank you for that wonderful review.

      Reply

  • Sharon
    February 15, 2021

    Natasha do you know if you can freeze cream cheese. I have 3 packages but 1 is past the expiration date. I don’t want to have to throw them out because I haven’t had the chance to use them yet. Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2021

      Hi Sharon, you sure can, here’s what a quick Google search brought up, “Unopened cream cheese can go straight in the freezer in its original packaging. The foil wrapping and cardboard box provides more than enough protection from freezer burn. Frozen cream cheese is best kept in the freezer for up to two months.” I hope that helps.

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      • MacKenzie
        March 7, 2021

        Hi! I might be a bit late to this thread, but I can verify that freezing cream cheese in its packaging is perfectly fine. However, there is one catch to this: you should only use it in a baked good after freezing. The consistency of the cream cheese can be messed up during the freezing and thawing process, therefore making it not ideal for frostings, dips, and toast. I hope this helps!

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  • Niso
    February 15, 2021

    I come back to this page constantly for delicious recipes.
    But this frosting is way too sweet!! I would reduce the sugar from 3 cups to 1.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 15, 2021

      Hi Niso, thanks for your feedback. Feel free to adjust the sweetness level of the recipe according to your preference.

      Reply

    • Deborah Read
      May 28, 2021

      I made this chocolate cake and frosting from YouTube video. My husband’s birthday cake. My granddaughters will be coming for a visit and I want them to have some of this cake. My question is how long will this cake be ok to leave out or refrigerate it. Again how how will it last?

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      • Natasha
        May 28, 2021

        Hi Deborah, since it is dairy-based, I would refrigerate overnight and then bring it back to room temperature to serve.

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  • Bria
    February 13, 2021

    Hi Natasha!

    I want to try this recipe but I see it calls for cream cheese but my dad does not like the texture of cream cheese. What can I substitute for cream cheese?

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    • Natasha
      February 13, 2021

      Hi Bria, you might try using all butter and make a chocolate buttercream frosting. I don’t have a chocolate buttercream frosting posted yet, but we do have a great ganache recipe that can be whipped into frosting once it cools.

      Reply

  • Lisa Blair
    February 2, 2021

    Great recipes!! Love your site 🥰

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2021

      Thank you, Lisa!

      Reply

  • Craig Hoffman
    January 21, 2021

    I love all your recipes ! Thank you. Can I use this icing recipe for your Brownies ?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2021

      You sure can, Craig! Here’s what one of our readers wrote: “Works like a champ on brownies. I cut back on the sugar in the brownie mix to allow the chocolate to take hold. This frosting adds the perfect complement to the rather bittersweet brownies.” I hope this helps.

      Reply

  • Frances
    January 11, 2021

    Best recipe on Vanilla Cupcakes and the Chocolate Creme cheese icing!
    Thanks

    Reply

  • Andi Ricks
    November 22, 2020

    Have you ever made this icing with Non dairy cream cheese (such as Kite Hill)? Thinking of trying for Thanksgiving, but don’t want to waste a tub of $7 cream cheese if it isn’t going to work. 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 22, 2020

      Hello Andi, I haven’t tried that yet to advise if it would work fine. If you want to do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Kim
    October 17, 2020

    I just love your recipes and this frosting recipe is to die for! I’ve tried countless chocolate frosting recipes before I found this perfect one. I love that you add nutrition facts to your recipes – that’s very helpful. Love the videos!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 18, 2020

      Thank you so much for your great comments and review, Kim. Love it!

      Reply

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