The Best Chocolate Buttercream (video)

fluffy chocolate frosting for cakes and cupcakes

A simple recipe for simply the best chocolate buttercream frosting! This easy frosting recipe yields a silky smooth, ultra chocolate-y, luscious and fluffy buttercream! It’s made with cocoa powder and melted chocolate for an intense chocolate flavor! This amazing chocolate frosting is perfect for cakes, cupcakes and any dessert your heart desires! This recipe makes enough frosting for a three layer, 8-inch cake; two-layer, 9-inch cake; or 24 cupcakes. Make sure to check out the rest of my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ episodes for more cake and frosting recipes!

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How To Make The Best Buttercream!

To give this frosting the best flavor, I use a combination of melted chocolate and cocoa powder. The melted chocolate adds creaminess to the frosting and the cocoa powder adds all the chocolate flavor.

  • Before adding anything else to the mixer, make sure to whisk the softened butter until it’s super fluffy and pale white in color and don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl often. Only then start adding the chocolate and sugar.
  • Make sure to use unsalted butter and soften the butter, do not melt it! If you forgot to take the butter out of the fridge ahead of time, this can be done in the microwave. Just place the wrapped butter onto a tray and heat in 10 second intervals, turning the butter every 10 seconds, heating up to 1 minute.

Recipe Pairings

Use this chocolate frosting for just about anything! You can use it with my ‘Chocolate Cake’, ‘Vanilla Cake’, or whichever cake your heart desires! I also love this frosting with coffee flavored cakes!Use this chocolate frosting for just about anything! You can use it with my ‘Chocolate Cake’, ‘Vanilla Cake’, or whichever cake your heart desires! I also love this frosting with coffee flavored cakes!

creamy chocolate buttercream with cocoa powder

‘Back to Cake Basics’

My chocolate buttercream recipe is part of my ‘Back To Cake Basics’ series! In this series, I’m sharing basic cake, frosting and filling recipes that you can use for all your baking needs. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to create this series because sometimes, you just need a basic recipe that simple and straightforward. If you need a cake, frosting or filling recipe, I’ve got you cover with several options!

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Best Chocolate Buttercream video recipe


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The Best Chocolate Buttercream (video)

15 mins prep
4 cups
Learn how to make the best chocolate buttercream, with cocoa powder and melted chocolate for maximum flavor!


  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar


  • Soften butter at room temperature. Butter should still hold its shape and not be melted! Place butter into mixing bowl and whisk on high speed for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Melt chocolate chips in microwave or over a double boiler until smooth. Add melted chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt. Continue whisking for a few minutes, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Add the confectioner's sugar. After its incorporated, turn mixer to high speed and whisk for 3 to 4 minutes, or until frosting is light and fluffy.