Creamy Chocolate Frosting

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!

This is the BEST Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe

I use this creamy 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 chocolate 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 Chocolate Frosting Onto Cupcakes

The great thing about this chocolate 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 chocolate 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.

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

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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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Mary Campbell

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

Mary Campbell

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

Adrianna Miller
Adrianna Miller

would this work with vanilla almond milk instead of water?


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


best chocolate frosting recipe I’ve tried!


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!


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.


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!


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?


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


Could you use heavy cream instead of water?


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


After trying several different recipes last weekend and being totally disappointed with each one, I searched again on the internet and luckily found your recipe. It turned out perfectly and was so much easier than the others!! I wish that I had found your recipe first…it would have saved me a lot of wasted time, money and frustration! Thank you so much for sharing!!


Should the water be hot or warm? Can’t wait to try this recipe!

Sandra L Garth

Awesome! I am looking forward to trying this. Frosting Fridays are fun!

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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