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Chocolate buttercream frosting spread on a chocolate sheet cake with rainbow sprinkles on the border.

5-Ingredient Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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Decadent Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is made with 5 simple ingredients and is ready in less than 10 minutes. This light and airy homemade American-style buttercream is made with cocoa powder and is a delicious addition to your favorite cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and more!


  • 226 (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 450 g (1 pound) powdered sugar
  • 45 g (1/2 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 24 tablespoons heavy cream or milk


  1. In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter until smooth and creamy, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until completely incorporated.
  3. Add the vanilla and enough cream for desired consistency. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Beat on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until light and airy.


Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Freezer: Store in a resealable freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature and re-whip before using.

  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Frostings & Fillings