Rolling right along with my death by chocolate theme, I wanted to share how to make chocolate frosting from cocoa powder that I use for just about everything.
Ok, so I don’t put it on my meatloaf or potatoes, but I think you know what I mean.
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Not only is it delicious, but it’s also so easy to make that you’ll never again go buy one of those tubs of frosting from the store.
An Easy Recipe For Homemade Chocolate Frosting
By popular demand, I’m sharing one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever find among the homemade frosting recipes out there.
It’s something you can make in just minutes, no joke!
And the chocolatey goodness that abounds from it is that sweet, old-fashioned flavor. What could be better than that?
It only requires four ingredients and your stovetop, so get ready!
Ingredients For Chocolate Frosting
There are only four ingredients used to make my go-to chocolate frosting. You can use this on just about any cake recipe, and honestly, it’s one of the easiest recipes you’ll find.
I’ll show you the exact steps you need to make it below, so don’t worry.
Keep the powdered sugar handy in case you want a thicker consistency to help you adjust it too.
- Butter (salted or unsalted butter will work)
- Half and half
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Powdered sugar (aka confectioner’s sugar)
Full recipe with measurements and instructions at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
How To Make My Go-To Chocolate Frosting
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat and whisk together.
- Cook until the butter is melted, all the while continuing to whisk to get out the lumps.
- Pour over your dessert.
Simple ingredients always seem to bring about the best results. I always think of the home-baked goodies my grandma made when I was little and how she would create sheer brilliance out of seemingly nothing at all.
You just cook this all in a saucepan, and in less than five minutes, it’s ready. You can save the leftover frosting for something else, though for me, I like to have it with a spoon. Yum!
Start by adding the butter to a saucepan and melting it on medium heat.
You don’t need softened butter for this recipe because you are melting it in the saucepan.
Next, add the unsweetened cocoa to the pan.
Add the half and half to the pan.
Finally, add the powdered sugar to the saucepan and whisk until all of the ingredients are combined.
Continue whisking as the butter melts to get the lumps out of the frosting.
TIP: A whisk is going to work better than any other tool for getting out lumps.
Once the frosting is melted, pour it over your favorite dessert.
One word of caution, it does harden up fast, so you’ll want to pour it out on the cake after your cake cools, so it flows with ease. It’s really so good!
How To Store The Chocolate Frosting
Once you pour the frosting over your dessert, keep it in an airtight container.
Can Heavy Cream Or Milk Be Used For The Recipe?
Yes, you can use heavy cream or milk for this recipe. You will use the same amount as half and half.
Can Vanilla Extract Be Added?
Yes, vanilla extract adds a wonderful flavor to the frosting.
Can A High Quality Cocoa Be Used For This Recipe?
Yes, you can use a traditional unsweetened cocoa or something like Dutch-process cocoa.
More Delicious Desserts
- Two ingredient chocolate frosting fudge is a great way to make fudge without all the fuss.
- This simple chocolate cake recipe is going to be one of your favorites. It’s easy to make and turns out moist every time.
- Add the frosting to a one bowl chocolate cake recipe from All Recipes.
How To Make Chocolate Frosting From Cocoa Powder
This easy chocolate buttercream frosting is a cinch to make and a dream come true for topping any type of cake you bake. I just know you’re going to love this homemade frosting for all your tasty treats.
The rich chocolate flavor tastes amazing on any type of cake. And, if this is your first time making the frosting, you will love how easy it is.
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons half and half
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook on medium heat.
- Whisk the ingredients together until the butter is melted and the lumps are gone.
- Pour over your dessert.
The easy chocolate frosting recipe hardens fast, so be ready to pour quickly.
If you'd like thicker frosting, add a little more powdered sugar.
Conversely, if you'd like thinner frosting, you can add more half and half. In both cases, use small amounts until you are happy with the consistency.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g
Nutrition is approximate.