Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Creamy Chocolate Frosting is a staple chocolate frosting recipe that you need to have in your recipe box. This frosting recipe is buttery, chocolatey, and it pipes a beautiful swirl. This is a fantastic chocolate buttercream frosting recipe!

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This is the BEST Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe

I use this chocolate frosting recipe ALL the time. It’s fantastic on chocolate cake, chocolate cupcakes, or even sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies! Just like a buttercream frosting recipe, you need a classic chocolate frosting in your back pocket. NO more canned frosting for you, this recipe is so easy, and always turns out perfect!

The creamiest chocolate frosting recipe you will ever have!

How Do You Make Chocolate Frosting From Scratch?

  • Make sure your butter is room temperature
  • I always use salted butter, but this is a personal preference, you can use unsalted butter, but you might want to add a pinch of salt while you’re mixing to enhance the chocolate flavor!
  • You can use regular or dark unsweetened cocoa powder in this frosting recipe. It depends on the flavor (and look) you’re going for!
  • You can sub in warm coffee in place of the water in this recipe to really amp up the chocolate flavor!

The Best Creamy Chocolate Frosting Recipe

How To Pipe Frosting Onto Cupcakes

The great thing about this frosting recipe, is that it spreads onto cakes so smoothly, but also pipes beautiful swirls! Here are some piping tips:

  • Since this makes a large batch of frosting, only use a few cups of frosting in a frosting bag fitted with a piping tip. Don’t try and fit all the frosting into the bag at once.
  • You can pipe the frosting using a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off for a make-shift piping bag!
  • I like using the Piping tips: Wilton 1M, Wilton 2A, Ateco 828

3 ways to use my creamy chocolate frosting recipe!

Delicious ways to use Chocolate Buttercream Frosting!

This frosting recipe is my go-to recipe and it has never let me down. It’s a simple, and quick frosting recipe that is so versatile.


Creamy Chocolate Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield Yield: 3 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category Category: Frosting
  • Method Method: Mixer
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


This creamy chocolate frosting makes enough to frost and fill a 9″ layer cake or pipe swirls onto 24 cupcakes



  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup very warm water


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla, and warm water and mix on low speed, until the mixture just comes together.
  2. Slowly increase the speed to medium and beat the frosting for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Let the frosting cool for 15 minutes before using.
  4. You can spread this frosting or pipe it into swirls!


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days, or store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, OR store airtight in the freezer for up to a month.

Nutrition Information:

1/4 cup
66.6 g
62.4 mg
8.1 g
68.8 g
0.7 g
20.3 mg

Keywords: chocolate frosting, recipe, chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream

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Lori Steele
July 10, 2021 12:07 pm

Can’t I use heavy cream in this recipe rather than water? I was hoping for a chocolate version of your Perfect Buttercream Frosting and I think the cream instead of milk was what made it really good.

Last edited 6 months ago by Lori Steele
December 11, 2020 4:49 pm

This is the best icing I have ever tasted!! I ate more of the icing than I would like to say!! It was incredible!! Thanks for making this recipe!!

Riaz Bhatti
November 6, 2020 12:18 pm

Can I leave vanilla extract and can I not use mixer I can mix by hand.
Please tell

December 11, 2020 4:49 pm
Reply to  Riaz Bhatti

I mixed by hand and it was delicious!!

Riaz Bhatti
November 6, 2020 12:16 pm

Can I leave vanilla extract.
Can I do hand mixing
Will this recipe come out nicely

July 1, 2020 4:46 pm

If using Vanilla Almond unsweetened milk do you warm the milk?

July 1, 2020 7:04 pm
Reply to  Mary Campbell

I’m making the Creamy Chocolate Frosting at this time for my daughter birthday cake.

Adrianna Miller
May 10, 2020 1:23 am

would this work with vanilla almond milk instead of water?

December 15, 2019 3:06 am

How many cupcakes does this frost… and with a cake does it frost a two layer cake and 13 x 9 cake or more…

October 16, 2019 9:33 am

best chocolate frosting recipe I’ve tried!

September 19, 2019 9:36 pm

This frosting is legit!! I’ve baked a lot of cupcakes, and this is by far the best frosting I have ever made! I used dark roast coffee. It mixed up beautifully and piped like a dream! YUM!

April 14, 2019 4:30 pm

I used this icing for a chocolate cake for a church dinner. Someone told me today they are still dreaming about it, especially the icing. Delicious! I did use hazelnut coffee in place of the water and it was amazing. Not too sweet and piped easy.

December 7, 2018 9:07 pm

Love this recipe! I used only 32 oz of powdered sugar so it wouldn’t be too sweet. I also substituted whole milk for the water. Thanks!

November 24, 2018 12:50 am

I just tried it and it was yum!!
My hubby doesn’t have sweet tooth, can I reduce the amount of sugar? If yes, how much maximum can be reduced?
Also do I need to change the amount of butter or water if the sugar is reduced?

November 7, 2018 8:49 pm

Super easy to follow and the best frosting I’ve ever had. I will be using this recipe from now on.

October 31, 2018 5:07 pm

Could you use heavy cream instead of water?

October 31, 2018 7:43 am

Do you have to store this in the fridge once piped or will it hold its shape?

May 14, 2021 4:32 pm
Reply to  Shelly

for how long will it hold its shape????

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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