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With this easy-to-make frosting there is no need to use the stuff from a container. Dress up a box cake mix or frost a homemade cake with this rich, chocolaty frosting. It spreads easily too. When sending a dessert to a friend with a new baby or someone recuperating from a surgery or illness, I bake and frost in a disposable pan so the recipient doesn’t have to be concerned about returning the container.
How to make fluffy chocolate frosting
Gather the ingredients and allow the butter to warm to room temperature.
Begin by sifting the confectioners sugar and the cocoa powder.
Sifting removes lumps and makes the sugar fluffier by adding air. Any fine mesh can be used for sifting. A kitchen strainer or a specialized, hand-cranked sifter will also work.
The confectioners sugar and the cocoa powder can be sifted together; if using a strainer as above, tap the sifter, back and forth, against the palm of your hand until all of the sugar and cocoa powder is sifted.
Creaming the butter
In a large bowl, cream softened butter until smooth.
Add a few spoonful’s of the sugar mixture.
Mix to incorporate.
Drizzle in a little milk. Continue, alternately sugar mixture with evaporated milk.
Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.
Frosting and decorating
Spread the frosting onto your cooled cake. The recipe will make enough to frost 1 9×13-inch cake or an 8 or 9-inch 2-layer cake without filling between layers. I suggest making the recipe plus half or better yet, doubling it.
Increasing the recipe will also give you enough for piping and decorating. Remember to add the sprinkles, if using, right away as the frosting hardens rather quickly.
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Creamy Chocolate Frosting Recipe
- 2 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 5 tablespoons evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- (I like to add a small pinch of salt but this is totally optional)
In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa, and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.
NOTE: The recipe will make enough to frost 1 9×13-inch cake or an 8 or 9-inch 2-layer cake without filling between layers. I suggest making the recipe plus half or better yet, doubling it.
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Just tried it. It is amazing. Throwing out all old frosting recipes. Keep up the good work.
Katie Bentley says
this looks really good, just wondering how long the icing would keep? and should the cake be stored in the fridge once iced?
is it possible t replace the evaporated milk whith whole milk???
will it work?
Looks like a perfect frosting!
black eyed susans kitchen says
Yummm…I am passing this recipe on to my daughter. She is the cake baker in the family and this one looks like it MUST be tried.
That looks divine! Yum!
Yummy! Don't do much baking, but if I did…
corners of my life says
The secret ingredient must be evaporated milk. Looks yummy!
dee gold says
mmmm, chocolate 🙂 That looks delicious. I think I could even skip the cake and just eat the frosting…lolf
I'd so be licking the bowl and the spoon with this one. Looks so delicious.
Penned Pebbles says
Oh, my! I need to stop reading your posts at night; my mouth is watering for chocolate like you would not believe! I will have to try this soon. 🙂
You had me at chocolate junior. 😉 Deeeeelicious!
This picture is like torture, pass a spoonful over.
There's nothing quite like a fluffy chocolate frosted cake to take me back to my childhood! Not that I'd dare pass it up now.
Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook says
It looks great, very light and fluffy! Makes me want to drag my finger and get a taste 🙂
Who needs the cake that frosting looks perfect for my spoon.
Sherry from Alabama says
Oh my, you have my mouth watering this morning! I've been in the mood for chocoate cake and now I just may have to bake one up! Thanks for the recipe!
Sherry @ A Happy Valentine
The Fajdich Times says
OMG….it's a keeper:)
It looks and sounds delicious. I'm bookmarking this recipe.
That looks so good! Your pics are wonderful, L!
Looks so delicious! Hope you all enjoy the weekend.
no spring chicken says
Now this, this is a practical post! Thanks…
Anything chocolate for me! This looks great!
gnee @ Singing With Birds says
I'm making a cake for Saturday and will use this new to me fluffy frosting recipe. My family will love it!
OMGosh…that looks decadent! You talk about MY recipes for fattening chocolate things…I think you BEAT me this time!;>) I am always looking for a good chocolate icing recipe. I will definitely try this one the next time I bake a cake. We love chocolate frosting on a moist white cake. YUM~ xo Diana
Thanks for sharing this. I have a yummy vanilla icing recipe, but no chocolate. I love homemade icing!
oooh this one sounds like a keeper! it looks delicious!