How To Make Chocolate Frosting From Scratch

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Make Chocolate Frosting From Scratch

Decorating cakes, cookies and cupcakes is an art that has become very popular in the field of pastry. Normally we decorate our desserts with fondant icing or frosting we can make ourselves, or buy it in a pastry shop. Frosting is a light foamy mass and can be several different flavours and colours, but the most common and the one everyone likes is chocolate. If you want to know how to make chocolate icing from scratch easily and quickly, this recipe will show you how to decorate your cakes and cupcakes.

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Steps to follow:


The first thing you must do to start making chocolate frosting is beat the Butter in a blender or food processor or by hand with a spoon. We recommend you take out the butter from the refrigerator a few minutes before starting to prepare the frosting to soften it and make it easier to work with.


To make the frosting for cakes or cupcakes, start gradually adding the icing sugar. It is very important not to put too much in at once so it's easier to beat the mixture. Beat butter with the sugar until it forms a smooth mixture. You will see, the result is a yellowish paste, with a light frothy texture.

How To Make Chocolate Frosting From Scratch - Step 2

Add half of the cocoa powder and continue beating. When you have mixed it in, add the other half. If you do not have cocoa powder and are using a chocolate bar melt it in a bain marie and let it cool slightly before adding to the mixture. You should use 1 cup of melted chocolate If using milk chocolate, take milk off your list of ingredients.


When the cocoa is mixed in completely, add milk, vanilla and a pinch of salt and whisk everything so that all ingredients are well integrated and thus get a smooth paste.

Remember that if you use milk chocolate you should only add in vanilla. The salt is optional, it just helps reduce the sweet taste of frosting.

How To Make Chocolate Frosting From Scratch - Step 4

¡ Voilà! You have your chocolate frosting ready to add to your cake or cupcakes. Put it in your piping bag and decorate your desserts the way you like.

How To Make Chocolate Frosting From Scratch - Step 5

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  • If you find the frosting is too thick for your taste, you can add some extra milk and whisk in well once more until you find the right texture.
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