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  • Servings: Depends
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes


Just the basic starting block for chocolate buttercream. Fabulous flavor! Recently had frosting made with shortening- oh no no no! So greasy. Please don't.


  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons heavy cream- add more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (+ or +)


  • Sift sugar and cocoa together into a large bowl. In another bowl combine 1 cup of sugar mixture with butter and 1 tablespoon cream, beating until smooth. Add another cup of sugar and another tablespoon of cream, beating well. Continue until all ingredients are combined and frosting is fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  • Add extra heavy cream as needed- this recipe gives a very thick consistency. Tough for piping. Play with it by adding strong coffee, bourbon, Grand Marnier- to spice up the flavor. Just decrease cream as you add other liquids.

Author Credit: Cathy Lowe

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