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Mixing bowl with silky chocolate buttercream frosting

Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is an easy American buttercream style recipe with two SECRET ingredients and one surprise technique to make the richest, creamiest, smoothest, and most chocolaty buttercream ever.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttercream
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yields: 3 cups


  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) finely chopped semisweet chocolate (don't use chocolate chips)
  • 3 sticks (340 grams) unsalted butter, at a cool room temperature
  • 2 cups (250 grams) organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup (85 grams) high-fat Dutch cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let stand for a few minutes before stirring until smooth. Set aside and cool to approximately 75°F or until thickened but still pourable.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and salt. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes, or until very well blended, scraping down the bowl as needed.

  3. Reduce speed to medium-low and add the cooled chocolate cream mixture. Continue beating until the frosting has lightened in color and texture, about 2 minutes more, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes enough frosting for a two layer 8-inch cake or to generously frost 12 cupcakes. Recipe from the amazing Stella Parks via Serious Eats.