Simple Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate buttercream is the best. It goes with almost any baked good! From a cupcake to macarons! The process of “testing” this earlier today was so fun! I actually started out with adding only 1 cup of the sugar to see what it would be like and it was really…. Bad. So I added more, then realized that the sugar is what makes the frosting increase – so the more sugar, the more frosting! You can replace the heavy whipping cream with milk! I then realized that salt cuts the sweetness, so add as much sugar desired!

You can use a stand mixer with a fitted paddle attachment or you can use a hand mixer.

This can frost 20 cupcakes…

Or a two layer cake…

Or even some brownies!!!

1 cup of butter, slightly softened
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream. (You may need more)
½ cup of cocoa powder

  1. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar; to avoid powdery explosions add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time.
  2. Beat in cocoa powder.
  3. The mixture will be a bit dry and un-frosting like so add 1 teaspoon of heavy whipping cream to ‘loosen’ it up. You might need more. Then beat in the vanilla extract.
    Enjoy! Comment how it went, or with any questions! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Simple Chocolate Buttercream”

  1. Hi Annabel. If you don’t want it to be too sweet- instead of cutting sugar, just add little bit of salt (1/8 teaspoon). It will cut the sweetness. You can also use lemon juice. Hope that helps- if you didn’t know already! This blog is awesome!!


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