THE BEST {and easiest!!} Chocolate Frosting + Birthday Cake!

the best and easiest chocolate frosting You guys have only yourselves to blame for this post! Last weekend, I posted this photo of my husband’s birthday cake I made:

birthday cake Looks good, right? And then you all went crazy asking, tweeting and emailing me for the recipe! Instead of responding to all of you, I just decided to do a blog post about the whole darn thing.

So, first things first. Happy Birthday Gord! 27 blissful years ago you emerged from your mother’s womb and graced this planet earth with your presence. Then you lived the first part of your life wondering what you were missing. Then you met me and your life was complete.

us <3 At least that’s what I tell myself. Like all the time.

Then I made you a chocolate cake and slathered the whole thing with chocolate frosting and angels sang praises. Then I lit ALL 700 candles, brought it over to you on the deck to sing happy birthday and the wind blew them all out. {Except for maybe 4?} Then you made a wish and we ate cake.

I think that pretty much sums up my husband’s existence. In 2 paragraphs. Haha.

the best chocolate frosting 1 I think by now you all should know that I am the lemon freakΒ and my husband is the chocoholic in this house. So of course I had to give the man chocolate on his birthday. So I did. Big time. Chocolate on chocolate with a few sprinkles on top. That is this cake.

The cake portion is actually Ree’s Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe that I adapted and baked into 2-9 inch rounds. {I added Β 1/2 teaspoon baking powder to the batter so they would rise a bit more than usual.} They baked up beautifully and ended up being really moist! It’s a great go-to recipe.

the best chocolate frosting 2 Then I made a batch of my favorite frosting and ate it all with a spoon. Then I made another batch and frosted this cake. Try to refrain from licking your screen. I know it’s hard. I used a butter knife to frost the birthday cake and a 1M wilton tip to frost the cupcakes. Then we went to town and bedazzled these babies out with all the boy-ish sprinkles I could find.

the best chocolate frosting Sprinkles make everything better plus super cute! Oh and did I mention this was the best cake ever? Sooooooo tasty! Especially all that creamy frosting! Mmmm…..and there are only 5 ingredients needed! Seriously! Take a peek a the recipe below!

Ya’ll should give them a whirl this weekend and let me know what you think :) Make sure to find some friends to share this with because after one bite you’re going to want to eat the whole thing. Here’s the printable:

The Best & Easiest Chocolate Frosting

Yield: will frost 1-9 inch round layer cake or 24 cupcakes


1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 tablespoons milk


Whip butter and cocoa together until smooth in large bowl. Stir in vanilla and powdered sugar. Slowly stream in milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Scrape sides and whip again until light, fluffy and smooth, 1-2 minutes. Frosts 1-9 or 8 inch round layered cake or 24 cupcakes.


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271 Responses to “THE BEST {and easiest!!} Chocolate Frosting + Birthday Cake!”

  1. #
    Kathryn — August 3, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I told my boyfriend the other day that he didn’t know what it was like to be happy until he met me. I think we have similar attitudes towards our significant others πŸ˜‰

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it’s always good to have a perfect chocolate cake in the bag and this really does look perfect.


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    Jenny @ BAKE — August 3, 2012 at 4:57 am

    haha! I keep trying to tell my other half that I’m the best thing that happened to him – he just laughs! The consistency of this icing looks perfect, soft and fluffy but strong enough to hold shape.


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    DessertForTwo — August 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

    So easy & so delicious!


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    Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — August 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

    this looks FUH-REAKING amazing! I’m the chocoholic in our house so this has my name all over it! PS- You guys a freaking adorable… like make me sick adorable! πŸ˜‰ PPS- You. Me. October. SOOO EXCITED.


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Gotta love chocolate buttercream! People who say they don’t really like frosting all that much – I do not understand them!


    • Lauren — August 3rd, 2012 @ 7:05 am

      OMG! YES! I can’t comprehend….


    • Jen Checki — November 24th, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

      There are people who don’t like frosting? They are sick. Perhaps we should start a fund to get them the help the so desperately need?


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    Anna @ hiddenponies — August 3, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Your husband is a lucky man, I’m glad you remind him :) This looks like my kind of birthday cake…chocolate on chocolate with sprinkles?? Yessss please!


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    Desiree McCarthy — August 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I needed a chocolate icing recipe for a chocolate cake I’m making tonight and was thinking “Hmmm, I wonder if Lauren has anything I can use…” and low and behold a post! Right front and center! Thank you so much! :) Your the best!


    • Lauren — August 3rd, 2012 @ 8:44 am

      Well that worked out perfectly! :) Glad I could help!


      • Kanika — January 18th, 2013 @ 3:19 am

        What butter do you use in the frosting?

        • Lauren — January 18th, 2013 @ 7:48 am

          softened salted butter.

      • Sherri Harnock — February 17th, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

        What if I only have UNsalted butter? Can I use that and add salt? If so, then how much?

      • Carolyn — May 26th, 2014 @ 9:53 am

        Sherri- In a Better Homes and Gardens article, I read that you can add 1/4 tsp salt for each stick of butter used. For one cup of butter, add 1/2 tsp.

  8. #
    Stephanie — August 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

    My jeans are totally going to hate you for this, haha! Thanks for the easy recipe!


  9. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    The frosting looks perfect! I’ll definitely be trying it sometime!


  10. #
    Kristen — August 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I am drooling over this frosting!! Happy birthday to your sweet hubs!


  11. #
    Megan — August 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

    When people tell me they don’t like frosting, I never trust a word that comes out of their mouths for the rest of their lives. And I try to avoid them. hahaha I’ve saved your recipe to my dessert folder. Thanks for posting! One drawback of being known as the baker – nobody ever makes me a cake! Does anyone else find that to be the case? Oh well:)


    • Dee — March 24th, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

      I know what you mean! I’m known to many as the “cupcake queen” but when it comes to my birthday I get a store bought cake from the grocery store! I’d be happy with a simple home made cake.


  12. #
    Maria — August 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I can’t wait to try it!


  13. #
    Vera Zecevic — August 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Hello Lauren, beautiful recipe as always! I showcased some birthday cupcakes on my blog , it’s to pity i didn’t find your recipe earlier! Regards


  14. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — August 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Is it possible to be a lemon freak AND a chocoholic? I think I suffer from both.


    • Jason — February 23rd, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

      Yes it is! When I was a teen I’d always ask lemon cake with chocolate frosting. I’ve since upgraded to brownies topped with lemon squares.


  15. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — August 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I adore a good chocolate frosting, and this looks fantastic. I want to eat it with a spoon.


  16. #
    Donna — August 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    You write the best and funniest blog posts ever! I love this recipe and want to go make and eat some right now. Every time I pin your recipes to my pinterest page, they get repinned really quickly! Thanks for creating and sharing so many yummy recipes.


  17. #
    Jolene ( — August 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I will absolutely be making this!


  18. #
    marla — August 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Oh does this frosting look great!


  19. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    This does look really easy! I will have to try this for my hubby’s birthday cake this month


  20. #
    Martyna @ Wholesome Cook — August 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Ha! Just spotted this and thought I’d check against a quick throw together icing I made this morning for the little girl and her friend as they made banana cupcakes last night. I used the same ingredients, but only added 1/2 cup powdered sugar to 3/4 cup butter – we are used to eating little sugar. It was yum!


  21. #
    Debra — August 4, 2012 at 7:29 am



  22. #
    Jessie — August 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Always great to have an awesome chocolate cake recipe. And that frosting looks amazing, I do want to lick the screen! I think I’m going to ….. Thank you for posting!


  23. #
    Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — August 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Such an easy recipe for awesome frosting!!! Totally remembering this for my next chocolate frosting craving πŸ˜‰


  24. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Oh boy, this DOES sound good! So good. Love this chocolate beauty!


  25. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 5, 2012 at 11:39 am

    That big scoop of chocolate frosting. Yes, I will take that. Thank you!


  26. #
    Amy J. — August 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    That sounds like great frosting! Instead of the milk, you could also try an equal amount of Godiva white chocolate liqueur. SO GOOD.


    • Lauren — August 5th, 2012 @ 5:37 pm



      • Heather — July 30th, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

        That liqueur is so expensive :(

      • Joanne Colt — August 12th, 2013 @ 5:23 am

        Hi Lauren,
        When you say “whip” is that by hand or a mixer? Going to try it today for my Daughter’s 50th Birthday!
        Very cute statement…you made a batch ate it..then made another batch…sounds like my kind of chocolate lover. !!

        • Lauren — August 12th, 2013 @ 11:15 am

          I used an electric hand mixer. A stand mixer works just fine too!

  27. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 6, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Love easy chocolate frosting. Seriously, love…


  28. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    That frosting looks SO luscious! I want a spoon for it :)


  29. #
    Crystal @phatbakes — August 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I’m soooo going to try this, looks absolutely mouthwatering!


  30. #
    RFTL — August 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    That frosting needs to get in my mouth. Like, now.
    Diet killing yummy.


  31. #
    Meg — August 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I love to cook, but am not much of a baker. Not awful, just not great. I took Rhee’s chocolate cake recipe and your frosting recipe and made it into a 9×13″ cake. It was so seriously good! I made it for my mom’s 76th birthday and it was gobbled up in minutes. So, I guess I can now say that I am a baker!

    Many, many thanks for the recipe and laughs! :)


  32. #
    Gourmet Sartorialist — August 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Hi! Lovely post!

    In fact, this inspired me to do a blog post of my own featuring this dish that I have matched with an outfit! I’ve just started my food/fashion blog called Gourmet Sartorialist and It’s a pretty random concept, but i’d love for you to have a look! :)

    Anyway, keep up the great work! I’ll be watching.


  33. #
    Sand Naperville — August 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

    You’re so funny!!!
    And the cupcakes look amazing… that frosting looks so light and fluffy and perfect!


  34. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — August 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    This frosting sounds phenomenal!!


  35. #
    Lisa — August 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I have been making this frosting for my husband for 21 years and it is fabulous ;0)


  36. #
    Mad Maudie — September 1, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Where do you purchase powered suger & brand?


    • Lauren — September 1st, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

      Powdered sugar is just from the grocery store in the baking aisle. I use the kind with a blue label….don’t remember what the brand is. Any brand is fine though!


    • Zoe Lee — May 26th, 2013 @ 10:54 am

      Powdered sugar is also called confectioners sugar depending on where you live :)


  37. #
    Heather — October 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Seriously, This is the BEST chocolate icing! Thanks for sharing!


  38. #
    Sherah — October 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I love the recipe!! I had some rasberries, and put them in a few at a time instead of milk and it also turned out amazing! And I put just mushed up rasberries in the middle instead of frosting! Thank you for posting this recipe!


  39. #
    Silvia — October 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This is like the best recipe ever!you guys should really try it.


  40. #
    Ani — November 2, 2012 at 3:10 am

    This is the second time this week I make this frosting for my cakes.
    It is absolutely delicious! The kids love it and its soooo easy to make.
    Thank you!!


  41. #
    Janice — November 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    If I use Ree’s cake recipe how many cupcakes would I make please?


    • Lauren — November 24th, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

      24 cupcakes


  42. #
    Tamara — November 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Thanks for this great receipe. I used the frosting on top of my Orange Velvet Cake for Thanksgiving and boy, did my family devour the cake.



  43. #
    Melinda — December 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

    is the butter salted or unsalted?


    • Carolyn — May 26th, 2014 @ 9:55 am



  44. #
    Nita — December 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I plan on making a three layer cake; should i double all the ingredients? Any help you can give will be appreciated.. Thanking you in advance… Nita


  45. #
    Nita — December 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Sorry ; I didn’t make my question very clear… Should I double all the ingredients for the frosting? tHANKING YOU AGAIN..Nita


  46. #
    May — December 26, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Sorry, but I’m from Brazil and I’m having some trouble understanding the recipe. :/ Should I use a mixer to whip the frosting? Or should I do it with a spoon?
    Thanks. ;D


    • KerryAnn may — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

      I do this recipe using a sturdy metal spoon.


  47. #
    Jacki — January 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    DELICIOUS!! Thank you Lauren! I googled “chocolate frosting” the other night as I wanted something new and different. (Did you know you’re the third option that pops up?!)

    I read many of the reviews and most of them were about looking forward to trying it – so I wanted to come back and say that I tried it and YES it is AWESOME! Quick, easy and yummy. It was perfect for the treats made in a mini cupcake maker that my daughter got for Christmas!


  48. #
    Lisa — January 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Amazing icing recipe!!! The icing was so yummy and delicious! I will never again buy chocolate frosting it was so good thanks!!!


  49. #
    chona /philippines — January 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    hi! you’re pretty , your husband is one lucky guy indeed! your choco cake looks fantastic so is the frosting, the kind of frosting i really like from a cake for me to decorate bt dont you think it’s kinda too sweet?


    • Lauren — January 26th, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

      It is sweet, but in my opinion not overly sweet. Plus the chocolate cake recipe I use makes a nice compliment to this frosting.


      • melissa — March 25th, 2014 @ 9:46 am

        on the chocolate frosting recipe is it ok to use soy/almond milk rather than regular milk??

      • Kim — May 14th, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

        I just made this but only used three cups of the powdered sugar as I don’t like my frosting to be too sweet. Three cups is just prefect!!

  50. #
    Sarah — February 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Thank you for posting this! It’s the best frosting recipe!! Do you have any others?


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