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Easy Chocolate Icing Recipe

Chocolate icing is one of the easiest recipes to make and it turns out so luscious and succulent. The icing recipe is perfect for cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.

Pouring chocolate icing on a brownie cake.

Making Chocolate Icing

This is honestly one of the fastest and easiest recipes for icing. It takes about five minutes to complete and if it turns out too runny or too thick, it’s super easy to fix.

Chocolate icing in a glass bowl.

What is the difference between frosting and icing?

Frosting is typically more fluffy and holds the shape better when added to cakes or cupcakes.

Icing is more glossy and thinner than frosting. It can be used on cupcakes but will look a little different than frosting because it is thinner.

You can also use icing on cookies and its perfect for drizzling over cakes, or other desserts.

Brownie cake with chocolate icing.

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Chocolate Icing?

  • Butter, melted
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Powdered sugar
  • Water
  • Vanilla extract

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How Do I Make The Icing?

  1. Add the powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla extract, melted butter, and warm water to a glass bowl and mix until creamy.
  2. Pour over cakes, cookies, or cupcakes.

How To Make Chocolate Icing

Powdered sugar in a large glass bowl.

Start by adding the powdered sugar to a large bowl.

Unsweetened cocoa and powdered sugar in a glass bowl.

Next, add the unsweetened cocoa to the bowl.

If you don’t want chocolate, you can easily leave the unsweetened cocoa out of the recipe.

Pouring vanilla extract over unsweetened cocoa and powdered sugar in a glass bowl.

Pour the vanilla extract into the bowl.

Pouring melted butter in a bowl with icing ingredients.

Next, pour the melted butter into the bowl.

Pouring water into a bowl with icing ingredients.

And lastly, pour the water into the bowl.

You can use either water or milk for this recipe. If you’d like to make it even richer, you can add heavy whipping cream to the recipe instead of water.

Chocolate icing in a glass bowl.

Mix everything together well and pour over your dessert.

What if my icing is too thick or too runny?

If your icing is too thick, add one teaspoon of water to the bowl and mix. If it’s still too thick, add more water, one teaspoon at a time.

If it’s too runny, add one teaspoon of powdered sugar at a time until it reaches the consistency that you would like.

I like to be able to pour the icing over the cake, so I like mine a little thinner.

For this recipe, the icing will not completely cover a bundt cake, so if that’s what you’d like to do, you will need to double the recipe.

Chocolate Brownie Cake on a cake pedestal.

Recipes to use the homemade chocolate icing:

Chocolate icing on brownie cake.

Easy Chocolate Icing Recipe

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start creating! This is a great recipe for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your homemade icing on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Yield: 1.25 cups

Easy Chocolate Icing Recipe

Chocolate icing in a glass bowl.

Chocolate icing is one of the easiest recipes to make and it turns out so luscious and succulent. The icing is perfect for cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2-3 Tbsp. warm water (or milk or heavy whipping cream)

Instructions

  1. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract, butter, and water to a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Pour over a dessert.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 0gSugar: 43gProtein: 0g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Dennis Yannakos

Saturday 15th of August 2020

OMG this makes my mouth watering so much! Can't wait to try this! Kitchen Utensils Review

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 15th of August 2020

Thanks, Dennis!

Carlee

Thursday 13th of August 2020

So rich and delicious! Now I'm ready for dessert!

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 15th of August 2020

Thanks, Carlee!

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