Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Frosting
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Enough for 2 layers (8 servings)
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This smooth, creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting is the perfect finishing touch for any vanilla, peanut butter, or chocolate cake. It's wonderful on cupcakes as well. 

Spread it on a layer cake or pipe it onto cupcakes or individual cake squares for a designer look. For the best flavor use full-fat cream cheese.

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What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate (melted)
  • dash salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. To melt the chocolate, put it into a stainless steel bowl or the top of a double boiler and place it over simmering water (keep the pan or bowl above the water). Heat, stirring, until melted.
  2. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  3. Add the melted chocolate, salt, sifted confectioners' sugar, half-and-half, and vanilla.
  4. Beat until smooth and spreadable, adding more half-and-half or confectioners' sugar, if necessary.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 402
    Total Fat 21 g
    Saturated Fat 13 g
    Unsaturated Fat 6 g
    Cholesterol 48 mg
    Sodium 118 mg
    Carbohydrates 52 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 3 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)