Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 5 mins

No cake would be complete without frosting and my bubby parted with this as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine flour, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan.
  2. Gradually stir in milk until well blended.
  3. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly (I use a whisk); let cool.
  4. Beat together shortening and margarine in a separate bowl until creamy.
  5. Add sugar; beat until light and fluffy.
  6. Blend in vanilla.
  7. Add flour mixture; beat until smooth.


Most Helpful

This is a chocolate version of our favorite frosting for red velvet cake. To get it right, you really need to beat the shortenings ans sugar together till it is VERY fluffy - a stand mixer is best. And then you have to beat in the flour/milk mixture for at least 4 or 5 minutes on high seed to make the icing come together. When it's done right, it is delicious, not too sweet and very light-textured. Also, I used butter instead of margarine - makes a big flavor improvement.

Lise in Indiana June 05, 2008

Ok Ms. Ora, I didn't care at all for this frosting. Not very chocolatey and a little runny. We added about fifteen melted candy kisses to add some flavor. Sorry. I won't rate it. Maybe someone else will have a better opinion!

LizAnn January 05, 2005

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