Quick and Easy Chocolate Frosting

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Peanut Butter Cake. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 7 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Yield: Enough for 1 cake (35 servings)
Ratings (56)

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!

Related Recipe: Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 53
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)