Easy Chocolate Buttercream

Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream ~ Only 2 ingredients for the easiest and most delicious chocolate buttercream ever!
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This is pretty much the easiest post I have written in quite some time.

I realized that I have made things a little complicated lately…multiple steps, lots of ingredients…ALLTHELAYERS!

Ain’t nobody got time for complicated.

 

So what we’re doing today is making frosting.

I mean, why not?

 

Plus, this is the fluffiest, easiest chocolate buttercream ever.  And there are only 2 ingredients in there.

2 Ingredient Chocolate Buttercream?  Yep.

 

I talked about this frosting back on THIS POST.  But I really felt like it deserved it’s own entire post, because well, it’s THAT good.

So let’s talk Easy Chocolate Buttercream.
 photo IMG_0135_zps9e3d728e.jpgStart with a bag of chocolate chips and 2 cups of butter.

I know this seems excessive. But it’s buttercream…while it should be a food group, it isn’t.

 

I’d like to think that using a good chocolate makes a huge difference, and while it certainly is good when using fancy chocolate, does it make a whole lotta difference? Not in my world.

Plop those in a saucepan…
 photo IMG_0711_zpse77b6a16.jpgAnd melt over medium low until they are melted together.
 photo IMG_0714_zpsd975f012.jpgIt will be remarkably thin. I mean, you use a whole pound of butter, remember?
 photo IMG_0719_zps24453305.jpgNow, let that set up. I stuck mine in the fridge until it was a solid block.

I know it looks kind of gross..some of the butter separates to the top. It’s fine, though…I promise.
 photo IMG_0761_zps3d0839e2.jpgI even flipped it over to show you that it really is a solid block.
Hilarious.
 photo IMG_0763_zps4c7a418b.jpgLet that come back up to room temperature and dump it into your mixing bowl.
 photo IMG_0765_zps874d2ff9.jpgBeat that up for about 2 minutes on medium speed.

Magically the color turns from dark brown to light brown.
It goes from dense and thick to light and fluffy.
Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream ~ Only 2 ingredients for the easiest and most delicious chocolate buttercream ever!As the frosting sits, the color will deepen, which is totally fine!!
You need to go make this.
Like NOW!

 

Try it on top of my favorite Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes!

 

And if you’re wondering if this works with White Chocolate Check out this WHITE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM

 

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Easy Chocolate Buttercream
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 lb (2 cups) butter
Instructions
  1. In medium saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over medium low heat, whisking frequently.
  2. When melted, cool completely and chill until solid.
  3. Remove from fridge and allow to come up to room temperature.
  4. Put all the chocolate in a mixing bowl and beat on medium for 2 minutes until light in color and fluffy.
Notes
Makes enough frosting to filling and frost an 8" layer cake, or frost 24 cupcakes.
Store refrigerated, but allow to come back to room temperature before serving.

 

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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May 29, 2013 8:49 am

I could eat this with a SPOON!!! It is sometimes the most simple things in life (aka – Chocolate and Butter) that can make a girl (or guy) happy!!!

Emily
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Emily
July 9, 2014 7:42 am

Could someone tell me the measurements in grams please!!! I need to know ASAP! 🙁

Pamela Derouen to Emily
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Pamela Derouen to Emily
July 23, 2014 3:50 pm

Ounces
0.032 ounces
1 ounce
2 ounces
2.66 ounces
3.5 ounces
4 ounces
6 ounces
8 ounces
16 ounces
35 ounces and 2 Tbsp. Pounds
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1/16 lb.
1/8 lb.
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1/5 lb.
1/4 lb.
3/8 lb.
1/2 lb.
1 lb.
2.21 lbs. Cups
1/4 tsp.
1/8 cup (2 Tbsp.)
1/4 cup
1/3 cup
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1/2 cup
3/4 cup
1 cup
2 cups
2 1/4 cups Grams
1 gram
28.35 grams
58 grams
75 grams
100 grams
115 grams
170 grams
227 grams
454 grams(.45 kg)
1 kilogram

Pamela Derouen to Emily
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Pamela Derouen to Emily
July 23, 2014 3:52 pm

Cups
1/4 tsp.
1/8 cup (2 Tbsp.)
1/4 cup
1/3 cup
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1/2 cup
3/4 cup
1 cup
2 cups
2 1/4 cups Grams
1 gram
28.35 grams
58 grams
75 grams
100 grams
115 grams
170 grams
227 grams
454 grams(.45 kg)
1 kilogram

Carol
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Carol
June 24, 2015 3:41 pm

! bag of chocolate ships
1 package/ brick or however you get 450/454 grams of butter in your neighbourhood.
That’s it
Enjoy

Giulia
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Giulia
September 4, 2015 5:10 pm

Hy,can you tell me how in grams means two cups semi-sweet chocolate?Thank you!

Joyce
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Joyce
February 14, 2016 8:06 pm

350 grams in 2 cups. Easy to find info by googling or binging or yahooing or searching on your favorite browse.

Laura Pokas
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Laura Pokas
May 29, 2013 8:53 am

Looks delish and perfect on the spoon. Do you have any experience on how it holds up? Does it keep its shape if piped on a cupcake or between layers of a cake?

Belinda @themoonblushbaker
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May 29, 2013 8:57 am

This way the chocolate really comes through does’t it? and with only two ingredients! This is a must for all dessert bakers out there

Tieghan
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May 29, 2013 9:03 am

Oh my gosh! This looks insanely perfect! YUM!

Heather @ Snookie
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May 29, 2013 9:16 am

I admit, I’m afraid of that much butter, but it looks so light and fluffy!

Kathy
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May 29, 2013 9:53 am

Oh my! This sounds and looks insanely good!

Diane
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May 29, 2013 9:57 am

Looks fantastic!

Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
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May 29, 2013 9:59 am

Wow! Awesome! Totally need to try that!

Amelia
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Amelia
May 29, 2013 10:30 am

Hello, This looks amazing!! You’re talking to a ‘buttercream connoisseur’ – for the last 10 years since I was 7, my sister and I would make a little tub of buttercream and eat it in front of the TV before mum got home..! Haha. This recipe looks so delicious, definitely trying that tonight on the cakes I just baked!

Frida
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May 29, 2013 10:41 am

What is this sorcery?! That looks absolute delish and I love the simple procedure – though I imagine it being hard waiting for it to get to the solid block state 😉

Jamie
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Jamie
June 5, 2014 2:06 pm

My thoughts exactly! What is this sorcery!? If this works for me I will never make another iceing! Thank You!

Annie @ Annie
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May 29, 2013 10:47 am

I’ve never seen a technique like this before! This is pretty amazing. Out of curiosity, have you ever tried it using white chocolate chips? I’d assume it’d be the same result but wasn’t sure if the sugar/fat content would be off.

Either way, this is absolutely on my Must Try list!

Tahnycook
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May 29, 2013 10:50 am

Simply delicious. Super fast, love it!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
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May 29, 2013 11:15 am

This buttercream looks amazingly good!!

Meghan S
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May 29, 2013 11:38 am

Wow! I definitely have to try this. I’ve done the Wilton Chocolate buttercream and all I have to say is YUCK. I like the vanilla version but there’s just something about adding cocoa to it that turns it nasty! Thanks so much for the post. My mom loves whipped type of frosting and she’s turned off by the chocolate wilton version too, so now I hope we have an alternative!

Katrina @ In Katrina
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May 29, 2013 12:17 pm

Can I just say that I am THE WORST at making chocolate frosting. Whew confession!

Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit)
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May 29, 2013 12:47 pm

How nice not to have to worry about powdered sugar and whether you can get it stiff enough without making it sickeningly sweet! What a simple/wonderful recipe. I might eat it all before it makes it onto a cake though….

Gina
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Gina
May 29, 2013 12:55 pm

Love this. Can’t wait to try it! Have you tried other chips such as butterscotch etc?

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
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May 29, 2013 2:11 pm

I love easy frostings! This one looks so good! I tried a frosting one time that was just melted chocolate and sour cream, I was skeptical at first but it turned out to be so good!

Roma
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Roma
May 29, 2013 2:26 pm

How much time does the frosting take to thicken in the refrigerator?
And how long did it take to come to room temperature?
Looks A-Maz-ing!!

Marcia
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Marcia
May 29, 2013 2:26 pm

So, basically its chocolate butter? Totally brilliant.

Carrie
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Carrie
May 29, 2013 2:31 pm

Do you use real butter? If so, does it matter if it’s salted or unsalted? And do you taste the butter really strong?

Definitely going to have to try this! I’ve been looking for a chocolate buttercream recipe that I love. This may be it!

heather
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May 29, 2013 2:49 pm

This is so smart. I’m so trying it!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
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Oh my god, how easy is this!

Mimi @ Culinary Couture
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May 29, 2013 3:26 pm

I remember when you made this in an earlier post and I was in shock by how easy it was! I can’t wait for an occasion to make this!

Colette @ JFF!
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May 29, 2013 3:43 pm

Would it be wrong to freeze it and call it ice cream?

Olivia @ Liv Lives Life
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May 29, 2013 4:17 pm

You are a genius. I LOVE this!!

Carrie
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May 29, 2013 4:31 pm

so easy it doesn’t seem like it could be real!

Kayla Enfield
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Kayla Enfield
August 18, 2013 1:36 am

This looks great! About how long did it take to harden?

Maria
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Maria
May 29, 2013 4:58 pm

I can attest to the ease and deliciousness of this recipe. Loved it!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
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Forget the cupcakes and cakes, I would eat bowl-fulls of this beautiful frosting! It looks amazing, Shelly!

Chelsi
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Chelsi
May 29, 2013 5:12 pm

This looks delicious! Have any thoughts for a white buttercream that is this simple and delicious?!! Have a birthday party this coming weekend that I am looking for a delicious black and white buttercream frosting recipe! Think I found the chocolate…

🙂 🙂

nessa
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nessa
May 29, 2013 5:22 pm

In love with this!

Joanne
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May 29, 2013 5:29 pm

How is this so easy?!? And how have I never figured this out in all my years of buttercream consumption?! need in my life.

Cookbook Queen
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May 29, 2013 5:42 pm

I love magic recipes like this!!!! Can’t wait to try.

Monica
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May 29, 2013 5:50 pm

I totally agree! Buttercream and all frostings deserve their own dessert category, in my opinion (: This chocolate buttercream looks so dreamily delicious; I’d love to try it out sometime!

tracy {pale yellow}
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May 29, 2013 6:31 pm

This frosting looks awesome! Love the simplicity of ingredients and all the chocolate. No need for excessive powdered sugar. I can’t wait to find the perfect vehicle for this frosting.

Nat D.
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May 29, 2013 7:46 pm

I usually don’t like buttercream, but this looks amazing! I’m going to have to give it a try. My ultimate favorite frosting is ganache which is basically heavy cream and chocolate chips. I’m all about simplicity!

Mari
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Mari
May 29, 2013 8:29 pm

OMG. this looks fantastic.. Super easy and love that you can keep it. You are really awesome.

AH
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May 29, 2013 8:48 pm

Wow. That looks so insanely easy and yummy. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

Tenns
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May 29, 2013 9:09 pm

This icing looks so absolutely delicious! I could literally eat it straight out of the bowl!

Julie @ Table for Two
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May 29, 2013 9:40 pm

This would never make it to the cupcake, I would eat it straight from the mixing bowl!

Chris
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Chris
May 29, 2013 9:42 pm

Wow, this looks divine! I have never mastered frosting, as the powdered sugar always messes me up. I think I may be able to pull this off! Thanks for sharing!

Becky
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May 29, 2013 10:12 pm

You are killing me…I have died looking at the pictures. I have been off sugar for 27 days f(or health reasons) and I really want to say screw it all!!!!

Tina~
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Tina~
February 17, 2016 3:22 pm

Can you use honey? I make chocolate chunks using coconut oil, raw cacao and honey, warm just to melting stage and then cool. It makes a wonderful chocolate for all purposes.

Beth
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Beth
May 29, 2013 10:23 pm

I tried this using milk chocolate chips and it tasted delicious but was REALLY soft – too soft for piping! Do u think it was because I used milk chocolate? I know when making ganache you use different ratios of chocolate: cream based on the type of chocolate (because of fat content) – I wondered if this may be the same? I will definitely try again with semi sweet because it was yummy!!

Abby
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May 29, 2013 10:43 pm

this is perfection.
love it… so much!

Lorie
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May 29, 2013 11:10 pm

YUM! It looks so fluffy! LIke the Cool Whip frostings that look great but I won’t eat! :X Now this I would eat off of the spoon!

Teresa
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May 29, 2013 11:37 pm

Would you mind if I added a couple of cups of toasted pecans to that bowl!
Oh my goodness Shelley!
This is the most beautiful chocolate frosting ever!
I’ll be coming back to this recipe…over and over again!
xo

angela
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angela
May 29, 2013 11:45 pm

salted or unsalted butter?

Lori
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May 30, 2013 1:10 am

is this a crusting buttercream?

Shiloh Hand
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Shiloh Hand
September 30, 2014 11:38 am

This is essentially a whipped ganache. I make it often. Works really well when I have to travel with a cake because it sets up quite firm when you refrigerate and softens by the time I have to serve it. You can also use it un-whipped to pour over cakes as long as you stir it frequently as it cools to prevent the separation. It will be a darker color, though.

Deborah
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May 30, 2013 1:44 am

Seriously?? I have GOT to try this!!

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