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This is FABULOUS! I made a 9 inch, 3-layer chocolate cake (from a box - tisk, tisk) and a dozen cupcakes. By the time I was ready to frost the VERY TALL cake, I only had 9 cupcakes remaining. This recipe frosted in between the layers and the entire outside of the cake, as well as all 9 cupcakes. When I served this to my company, they KEPT ON saying things like "This is SUCH good cake." This frosting is delish! I love the hint of coffee, and contrary to what the decadent list of ingredients might imply, it is not too rich or sweet. It's just right! Get ready for compliments on this one! Thanks, Mean Chef!

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Jeff's Girl Way Out West January 31, 2005

This is the best chocolate frosting I have ever had..made a chocolate layer cake for my friends birthday and used this frosting and everyone raved about the cake saying I should go to college to be a chef! I did do one change, I only used 8 oz. butter in the whole recipe...4 oz. in each part...still was fabulous! Oh yea and I used instant coffee granules instead of espresso powder

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Katrina March 24, 2004

This is so delicious. I like the texture and how smooth it came out. It was very easy to make and it coated the whole 9 inch 3 layer cake. Great recipe Mean!!!

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~jb4~ June 08, 2003

It's delicious. I made a double batch for a half sheet and still had enough to pipe borders, I also used it for a cute birthday cake. Very beautiful and it tastes as good as it looks. This frosting smoothes out with ease for a very smooth finish. Thank you for this recipe , it's a new favorite!

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aimbrulee March 21, 2014

after spending the last 20-30 years looking for the best chocolate icing for a yellow cake, I have finally found it! I, like others, thought there was no way the curdled mess that happens in the Cuisinart stage of the process could ever turn into anything eatable, BUT, when the melted chocolate, butter, espresso mix is added to finish it, Something magical happens and it is the lightest, fluffiest, creamiest, melt-in-your-mouth concoction that has ever graced a cake. Thank you whomever developed this delectable addition to my Taste of Tradition cookbook. And thank you Courtly for posting it. I now crown you Queen of Frostings!!! DAR Lady

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DAR Lady March 15, 2014

Incredible! I've made three batches of this wonderful frosting in one week. This is now my go-to recipe for chocolate frosting. I used it with yellow chiffon cake layers...mmmm!

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Cook+Princess May 31, 2013

Made this tonight, It is INCREDIBLE! I decided to skip the espresso powder step since my chocolate cake had coffee in it already, turned out beautiful!!! The taste is amazing! Best homemade chocolate icing I have ever made. Also, I did not use a food processor, just used arm power, which worked just fine. Still came out smooth!

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fireflyck523 March 02, 2012

Never made a chocolate frosting before and it was fab!!! Light not overly sweet or too rich. Spread wonderfully and was thick enough to be piped - I topped 24 regular sized cupcakes and only used a 3rd of it. So glad it freezes well!
This is a definate keeper!

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Tulip-Fairy November 30, 2010

Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! This is the result I was looking for to top a special chocolate cake I make for DH. It was a hit, and so was I! Thanks so much. Not too sweet, just right! Perfect!

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Nbowen1 June 19, 2010

This frosting was OUSTANDING! I didn't have a processor and used arm power and it was still wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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sal_amandar May 10, 2010
Chocolate Frosting