Quick and Easy Chocolate Icing

The icing makes all the difference between a dull, unappetizing cake and a cake that people will go crazy over for just one bite. And as far as icing goes, chocolate is one of the best. However, many folks seem to think making chocolate icing is difficult and, thus, rely on those boring canned frosting they get from the supermarket. If you’re one of them, trust me – you won’t go back to canned frosting once you’ve tried this quick and easy chocolate icing recipe.

This quick and easy chocolate icing really delivers on the promise of its name. It’s ready in just a few minutes, and it’s really quite easy to work on. You don’t need to melt chocolate bits, and the ingredients are probably readily available in your kitchen. Once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll never want to go back to using canned frosting again. This awesomely convenient recipe is from that talented group of chefs at Recipe Chatter.


1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened to room temperature
3 1/2 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream (depending on consistency needed of Homemade Chocolate Frosting)


  1. Measure powdered sugar, cocoa and salt into a bowl. Mix together gently with a wire whisk.
  2. In a separate deep-sided mixing bowl, add butter and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Reduce speed, add vanilla and powdered sugar mixture a cup at a time, along with a few tablespoons of heavy cream.
  4. Add a few more tablespoons of heavy cream and beat until combined.
  5. Scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula and add a few more tablespoons of heavy cream.
  6. Increase mixer speed to medium, beating until fluffy. Add more cream, if needed, for desired consistency.


Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: Recipe Chatter.

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