Very Chocolatey Buttercream Frosting

Very Chocolately Buttercream Frosting
Katie Workman /
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 9-inch cake (9 portions)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
491 Calories
31g Fat
53g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 9-inch cake (9 portions)
Amount per serving
Calories 491
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 19g 94%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 3g
Calcium 50mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This makes a gorgeously chocolatey frosting, and it uses chocolate extract instead of vanilla for that extra bit of oomph. If you are a chocolate lover, it’s a fun ingredient to keep on hand to play around with. It makes enough to frost a 2-layer, 8 or 9-inch cake.

What makes it a buttercream? Buttercream (also known as butter cream, butter icing, and mock cream) is a type of icing or filling used inside cakes, as a coating, and as decoration. In its simplest form, it is made by creaming butter with powdered sugar, although other fats can be used, such as margarine or lard.


  • 2 ounces chocolate (bittersweet or semisweet) (chopped or chips)
  • 1 stick butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure chocolate extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese (softened)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Melt the chocolate and the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Transfer to a mixing bowl. 

  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the cocoa powder and chocolate extract into the melted chocolate. 

  4. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat to blend well. 

  5. Beat in the milk, then turn the beater to high speed and beat in the cream cheese until creamy.

  6. Use this chocolatey frosting on a simple vanilla cake or some cupcakes. If you are new to frosting cakes or just haven't frosted a cake in awhile, we have a wonderful step-by-step tutorial on how to frost a layered cake.