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

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It’s simple to whip up and so creamy!

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It's simple to whip up and so creamy!

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

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It's simple to whip up and so creamy!

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.

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It's simple to whip up and so creamy!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.

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It's simple to whip up and so creamy!

I think by now you all should know that I am the lemon freak 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  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.

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It's simple to whip up and so creamy!

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.

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It's simple to whip up and so creamy!

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: [/donotprint]

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The Best & Easiest Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It's simple to whip up and so creamy!

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. 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.

Chocolate Frosting is the BEST frosting for cakes, especially birthday cupcakes!! It's simple to whip up and so creamy!

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

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  2. 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?

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

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

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      • 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!!

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

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  4. Hey I also love making delicious food for my amazing husband!! I just made this chocolate icing for A chocolate cake I made for our Super Bowl party and everyone raved about it…I love the delicious richness in it when paired with my rich chocolate cake. I also enjoy lemon desserts…just today I baked Starbucks lemon loaf recipe from scratch…found the recipe on Pinterest. It is divine & almost as easy as this chocolate cake recipe!! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this easy chocolate icing recipe!! You saved the day since I didn’t know what recipe to use.

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  5. I made this frosting for my 3yr olds bday and it is amazing. It almost tastes like fudge. Very dense and chocolatey. I couldn’t stop licking the bowl!

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  6. Just made this icing for a Valentines day cake. It tastes AMAZING!!! 10/10 for taste.
    However, after 4 tablespoons I found it much to dry to put on a cake, so I added about another 6 tablespoons of milk so it was more smooth (still think).
    I’m not sure how only 4 tablespoons worked for you, I’d like to know. But I’m surely making this again (with the extra milk, too).
    Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    • I forgot to mention that I had a similar experience. I used 1/2 cup less sugar and an extra splash of milk and it was perfect for us.

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  7. This was really yummy! I added just a little shortening hoping it would not melt sitting out. (Time will tell since they are out waiting for tonight’s dessert.) But this was really yummy and I scraped the bowl clean. 😉 THanks!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe for your frosting. We had it tonight and absolutely loved it. It’s a keeper for sure!!

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  9. Yum! I just tried it (half recipe though). I was surprised how dry the (butter + cocoa powder + vanilla + powdered sugar) mix was/looked… until I added the milk. I thought I might have done something wrong. Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. Love, Love, Love this Lauren! This is my first time to your site (popped up while Google – ing). I will def be back for more great suggestions and recipes! Thanks!!!

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  11. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! My poor sick husband requested frosted brownies for dessert tonight, and I often use a boxed chocolate frosting mix from Trader Joe’s. My mix was expired, and they really aren’t kidding about that expiration date because the completed frosting was vile. Luckily I found your recipe and had all of the ingredients on hand. I made a half batch and it was enough for an 8×8 pan of brownies with about 1/2 a cup extra. And this frosting is about a million times better than the mix!

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  12. I found your recipe by searching for cake icing on google – it’s AWESOME!!! I’m using it every time I need chocolate icing on…..ANYTHING!!! lol

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  13. thank you so much for this recipe. Totally helped a pregnancy craving be fulfilled! I’m going to use this recipe from here on out 🙂

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  14. WOW!! I just made this frosting for my chocoholic husband’s birthday! I normally can pass on buttercream frosting but this is the BEST frosting I have ever had! And so easy! I will definitely be keeping this in the recipe file thank you!

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  15. This helped me make a quick frosting for my mom’s b-day. Thanks!!

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  16. I found your recipe through a random internet search for “easy chocolate frosting” and wow, you don’t mess around! This frosting was so easy that even a non-chef like myself couldn’t mess it up and then, on top of that, it was surprisingly delicious. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    -Lainey

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  17. This seriously sounds so good! I can’t wait to try it. My boyfriend’s birthday is coming up in June, and he LOVES chocolate. Thanks for the recipe!

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  18. It’s amazing, it tastes good, and the consistency is awesome!!

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  19. Do yu have to refridgerate it?

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  20. Instead of using butter and milk, i switched it to vegan margarine and soy milk, and I’ve got to say this is the BEST chocolate frosting I’ve ever tried! It’s absolutely delicious and super light and fluffy! Thank you so much for posting this!

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  21. Hi, thanks for the recipie definitly easy to make.. but i have a few questions.. cause it didnt turn out as delicious as I thought it would be.

    1. When you say vanila, u mean vanila essense? – Because that is what i used.
    2. Powdered Sugar – do u mean icing sugar or regualr powdered sugar? – cause I used regular.
    3. Also, I halved all the ingrediants.

    The problem with the icing i made was – it wasn’t as fluffy and the minute i put it on the cake the ingredients started seperating out.

    Would appreciate if you could shed some light on what i did wrong.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. I need help making it so fluffy! I am in Ukraine volunteering, so I don’t know if I’ll make it to getting a whisk 🙂

    It tastes pretty good though!

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  23. This was such a great find. It was good on the cupcakes that I made, but just grabbing a spoon and doing quality control on it was so good, too! The ladies at work were all asking for my recipe after just a bite or two!

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  24. Great frosting — but far too much for two dozen cupcakes. I have almost half the batch in my freezer. But that’s OK. I’ll use it for another cake soon.

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  25. Just made these with my son, AMAZING! So delicious!! Thank you!

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  26. This is the best frosting recipe ever! I have used this several times and always get tons of compliments!

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  27. How long can the cupcakes be frosted and at room temp. I’d like to frost a day before, but don’t have room in my fridge.

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    • I think 24 hours should be fine as long as they are at 70 degrees. A cake stand with a dome would be perfect! The outside of the frosting will dry out a little but the inside should still be fine.

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  28. I’ll give it a shot

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  29. I’m new to baking and I know some batters differ from others. So I was wondering how long you would cook this for in a cake form?? dumb question sry

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    • I’d start with 20 minutes or so and go from there.

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  30. I literally could smell the frosting!! lol. I’m looking for one for my husband’s B-day cake too…I may just try it! Thanks! Arlette

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  31. I totally love this! It’s soo nice! Muah! And also very easy and quick to make

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  32. This was amazing. So fluffy and not overly sweet. I used whipping cream instead of milk because I had it. I also add 2 tsp or capfuls of Kaluah for added depth. My husband loved the texture and that is very hard to do! Thanks for posting this recipe.

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  33. This is the best homemade chocolate frosting I have ever made!

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  34. Hey, I don’t have vinilla…. Is there something else I could use?

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  35. What if I wanted to double this recipe ? Is there anything that I would do different ? Or just double it ? Thank you so much ! I’m making this today. Can’t wait !

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    • Just double it like any other recipe! Should work out just fine!

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  36. Do you use unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder for the frosting?

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  37. I just made this icing recipe for the first time. It was INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you for sharing. It will be a staple for me now.

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  38. Excellent buttercream. Only had few minutes to literally whip together chocolate frosting for vanilla cupcakes hubby took for buddy football game party. Halved recipe which worked out beautifully. Used combo milk and heavy cream and added espresso powder. Awesome consistency and taste. Hint: use really good cocoa powder and a stand mixer with whisk attachment. First recipe from this site. Will be back!

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  39. I just made this for the first time & it was INCREDIBLY easy! It took me less than 10 minutes to get this made & to ice the cake. It is delicious! I will definitely make this my go-to recipe for chocolate icing.

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  40. I made this chocolate frosting on Sunday and LOVE it. My family and I can’t get en

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  41. I made the chocolate frosting on Sunday and LOVE it! My family can’t get enough.

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  42. thanks. good chocolate frosting recipe…..i just made it and it’s a family hit 🙂

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  43. I made this and it was good, but I doubled the amount of cocoa powder and then I dumped in extra for good measure. More chocolate=better icing.

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