Quick and Easy Chocolate Frosting

Peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 7 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
53 Calories
3g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 5mg 0%
*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 is a delicious fudge-like chocolate frosting, and it's easy to make when you're in a hurry. It's boiled for just one minute and made with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

This frosting is perfect for a simple sheet cake, firming up nicely for easy slicing. It can also be drizzled over a Bundt cake or tube cake. The recipe can be doubled for a thicker layer of frosting.

It's not only simple, but it's also made with only five ingredients.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 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

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.