Fluffy Cocoa Frosting

Gold Cake with Fluffy Cocoa Frosting

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 13 mins
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
163 Calories
10g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 163
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 46mg 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 flavorful frosting is quick and easy to make, with butter, milk, cocoa, and sugar, and it is not overly sweet. It's a nice frosting to make for cupcakes or a layer cake. Fill a layer cake with jam or whipped cream and cover the top and sides with this cocoa frosting.

The frosting is thickened with a flour and milk mixture, which makes it less sweet than a typical powdered sugar frosting. Make sure you beat it long enough to dissolve the sugar or the frosting will be grainy.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine the milk and flour in a saucepan and whisk to blend.

  3. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.

  4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  5. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and shortening with the sugar until light and fluffy.

  6. Beat in cocoa and vanilla.

  7. Add the completely cooled flour and milk mixture.

  8. Beat until fluffy and sugar has dissolved, about 4 to 6 minutes.

  9. Enjoy!


This recipe makes enough frosting for a sheet cake or the top and sides a two-layer cake.