Quick and Easy Chocolate Frosting

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Peanut Butter Cake. Photo: Diana Rattray
Ratings (60)
  • Total: 7 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Yield: Enough for 1 cake (35 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
53 Calories
3g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a delicious fudge-like chocolate frosting, and it's a great one to make when you're in a hurry. Boil it for just 1 minute, and then be sure to beat until it begins to thicken and become firm, but don't overbeat.

I like this frosting for a simple white or yellow sheet cake. It firms up nicely on the cake. It's especially good for a sheet cake but spread it quickly before it firms up. Or, beat the frosting until it is good and thick but still pourable and then drizzle it over a Bundt cake or tube cake. The recipe is easily doubled for a thicker layer of frosting.

It's not only easy, it's made with only five ingredients!


  • 1/4 cup butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk -- whole, evaporated, or lower fat are all fine
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and milk; bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla.

Beat frosting with an electric mixer until it begins to stiffen to a spreading consistency. Don't overbeat or it will become too firm, like fudge. Pour it over the cake and spread quickly.

If the frosting hardens and becomes difficult to spread, add a little hot water or dip your spatula or knife in hot water as you spread it over the cake.

Makes enough frosting to top a 9-by-13-by-2-inch cake.