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Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting
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4.17 from 6 votes

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate buttercream is rich, decadent, and SO chocolaty! It's easy to make - with just three ingredients - and perfect for cakes and cupcakes.
Prep Time6 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Stefani


  • Stand mixer
  • Piping bags
  • Piping tips


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar add more if needed to get desired stiffness
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a handheld electric mixer, beat butter at high speed for three minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in cocoa powder.
  • Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  • Mix in vanilla and salt.
  • Pipe over or spread onto desserts.


Frosts 24 cupcakes or a two layer 8" round cake. Double the recipe if you like your cupcakes with really tall frosting swirls.
Add more powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar) as needed if you want a stiffer buttercream.
The frosting lasts for up to a week at room temperature or months in the freezer.
If frozen, you will need to bring it to room temperature and mix it again for a minute or two before you start piping.


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg