Kittencal's Chocolate Frosting/Icing

"A wonderful frosting I have used for years made in very little time with perfect results and 100% better than any canned, this frosting is so good you will find yourself eating a fair amount of it before even using it to frost with! --- choose the amount of cocoa powder you desire for either a light, medium or dark frosting, and make certain to sift the cocoa powder and the confectioners sugar before using for the recipe--- this frosting *freezes* very well so double the recipe and freeze one batch for next time --- *NOTE* for an ultra creamy fluffy milk chocolate frosting add in 1 to 1-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip topping at the end of mixing the frosting and beat on low speed until blended ------- also see my recipe#80118 ---- recipe#282040 --- recipe#90142"
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Ready In:
2 cups


  • 12 cup butter, softened (you can use margarine but the flavor will not be the same)
  • 2 23 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 13 cup half-and-half cream (can use unwhipped whipping cream in place of half and half) or 1/3 cup milk (can use unwhipped whipping cream in place of half and half)
  • 1 12 teaspoons vanilla

  • 13 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (for light)
  • 12 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (for medium)
  • 34 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (for dark rich)


  • Cream the butter in a small bowl.
  • Blend in the cocoa powder (the amount desired for a light, medium or dark flavor), vanilla, confectioners sugar, alternately with the cream.
  • Beat with an electric mixer, until the desired texture is achieved.
  • **NOTE** because of the additional cocoa powder more cream may have to be added in to reach desired consistency.

Questions & Replies

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  1. ELLEN S.
    Should I use a stand mixer or handheld mixer?
  2. kymiscloud09
    Can you use evaporated milk if if you don't have half and half
  3. Shamara J.
    I’m curious if one prefers light medium or dark


  1. HeyLillie
    BEWARE!!! When you PRINT this recipe, it changes to say, "1/3-2 2/3 cup half-and-half cream (can use unwhipped whipping cream in place of half and half) or 1/3 cup milk (can use unwhipped whipping cream in place of half and half)"<br/><br/>OBVIOUSLY, when you compare this to what the original recipe says, it makes a HUGE difference! I will be making this again following the original recipe and then will come back to rate it for real, but seriously, 1/3 - 2 2/3 is NOT right.
  2. Neohippie
    This recipe is good but I felt it needed a couple of tweaks, which is why I am giving it 4 stars. Next time I make it (and there WILL be a next time!), I'll put the largest amount of cocoa in, but reduce the amount of confectioner's sugar to compensate, rather than increasing the cream. It think that should work better to increase the chocolate flavor. Second, the recipe doesn't make very much. I put it in my KitchenAid and whipped it up with the balloon whisk, which made it nice and fluffy, but it still just barely covered a 2-layer cake spread very thinly. Next time I will double the recipe to make sure I get plenty of frosting to spread around.
  3. jamigls
    This is the simplest, yummiest recipe and makes for an awesome MOCHA BUTTERCREAM!!! Very smooth and I like the options given for increasing or decreasing the chocolate flavor. I've made this with just 2% milk and it still turns out great! When I make the mocha version, I use the "light chocolate" method and add 2-2.5 teaspoons of espresso powder (I used King Arthur Flour brand). The more espresso powder you add the stronger & more bitter the coffee flavor so if it's not sweet enough, compensate by adding more powdered sugar (in small moderations) till you get the taste you prefer. %u2665
  4. Grandma Deb
    Made this today and while it does not make enough to frost and fill a layer cake, it did make enough to generously frost a 13x9 cake. One thing to be sure to do is to whip it on the highest speed your mixer has for 5 minutes. This will make it light and airy!! Delicious!
  5. Cookin4twins
    Great frosting recipe! Thank you so much. :) I always know if it has your name on it its going to be fabulous. For those who said they didn't have a sifter for the powdered sugar or cocoa, just put them in a bowl and use a wire wisk on them. You don't need a sifter to do that. From now on just wisk the dry ingrediants well and you have sifted them. HTH :)


  1. sandeuci
    My mom use to add a tsp. of instant coffee to this. Fantastic addition.
  2. Celeste R.
    This frosting not only was delicious but very easy to make. I always double frosting recipes..Cause i would rather have extra then "just enough"! (you can freeze what ever you don't use and save for the next time for frosted brownies?) For a Fluffier Frosting.. Here is my suggestion. :) <<>> 1) In stand mixer add... 1 Cup=2 sticks (room temperatured softened Butter) mix on medium (4 speed) for 10 minutes or until light & fluffy. ....scrape down bowl...... 2) Add 1 1/4 cup (pre-sifted) Unsweetened Cocoa by hand. 3) On low (stir speed) slowly add.. 2/3 cup Half and Half Cream 2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract 1/2 tsp. Salt. .....scrape down bowl..... 4) Add 5 cups pre-sifted confectioners sugar One cup at a time on (lowest speed). *note. For sweeter frosting add more sugar and or salt a little at a time till desired taste. If looking to add more flavor add more vanilla extract and or butter extract (use small amounts of either, till desired taste) Have Fun!! ;)
  3. Sandra K.
    Fantastic recipe!
  4. KimTexan
    I made this recently, but instead of butter I used solid coconut oil. The icing turned out wonderful! The flavor with the coconut oil substituted for butter came out amazing and would be the perfect icing for a German Chocolate cake. My husband loved it.
  5. BarefootandpregnantintheKitchen
    Delicious. I used the whipping cream and I also used crisco instead of butter. It was great and really easy.



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