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Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 stick 112 grams butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons 145 grams confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 14 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons 30 ml heavy cream


  • Add the butter and vanilla to a large bowl and beat on high until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the sugar and cocoa. Start out mixing on low speed until all of the sugar is incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Increase the speed to high and beat until very light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the cream, and beat on high for 4 minutes more. Use immediately, or store in a tightly covered container, in a cool dry place, for up to two days. If you choose to refrigerate the frosting, let it come to room temperature before using. Stir vigorously with a butter knife or offset spatula to fluff the frosting back up before using.