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Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

This truly is the best chocolate buttercream icing recipe ever. You’ll have to read on to see my secrets!

The Best Chocolate Buttercream Icing recipe from @kitchenmagpie

I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to come up with a chocolate buttercream icing that I liked. I have to be honest and admit that I only have tried on a couple of occasions to whip one up, but they never seemed to compare to my regular Best Buttercream Icing recipe.

Of course, it came about because I put everything I could think of in it. Cocoa? Check. Melted chocolate? Check. Instant coffee? Checkity check check. And that’s how my recipes come about.

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If at first you don’t succeed, throw everything into the mixer and pray! Words to live by my friends, words to live by.

Really though, I took everything I could think of from all the recipes I have ever come across in my baking years and just put the best of it all together.

You need more than just cocoa,  but the dry bitterness really is a must.

Do I even need to explain melted chocolate and salted butter together? No. I do not. Because I am sure as you are reading this your heart just skipped a beat with chocolate lust seeing those words together.

Melted chocolate. Salted butter. Amen.

I actually had to stop for a moment and try to remember where I was in writing this recipe, that’s how distracting those two phrases are. However, I am at instant coffee, which lies at the very heart of all the simply fantastic chocolate recipes.  They are a match made in culinary heaven and should rarely leave each others proverbial side.

 The Best Chocolate Buttercream Icing recipe from @kitchenmagpieSo without further ado, the recipe for Chocolate Buttercream Icing!

So creamy. So dreamy. So super chocolate bliss.

Best chocolate buttercream icing ever!!!

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Feel free to play around with the amounts of everything listed and create the balance that is right for your taste buds. I just know that you most certainly need more than just cocoa, you need melted chocolate and a dash of coffee taste to make this amazing!

Happy Baking everyone!

Love,

The Chocolate Buttercream Icing Rocks My Nest Magpie

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Chocolate Buttercream Icing


  • Author: Karlynn Johnston

Description

Amazing rich chocolate buttercream icing, so dang decadent!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 ounce one squares of melted then cooled semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 1/4 – 3 3/4 cups icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Melt your three chocolate squares in the microwave, slowly and carefully until they are liquidy smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. Whip the butter in your mixer until it’s light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the cocoa, beating until combined.
  4. When the chocolate is cool, add it to the butter. Make sure it’s cooled!!
  5. Add the instant coffee to one tablespoon of cream, then add to the butter mixture.
  6. Now you can put in the icing sugar one cup at a time, beating until combined.
  7. Adjust the thickness/texture by using another tablespoon of cream, adding it slowly until the texture you want is achieved.

 

 

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116 Comments

  • Reply
    ShannanRioux
    August 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Do I have to use the instant coffee? Is there something I can substitute instead, or just leave it out entirely?

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

      ShannanRioux You can leave it out, but it adds a nice bitterness to the icing.

  • Reply
    Gabriela Isabel Mejia
    May 31, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Just finished making it for the first time & loved it!!!! Thanks for the great recipe.

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    kitcha
    March 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I tried this recipe and it is fabulous! Put some leftover icing in a container and the chocolate did not break. I used the double boiler method and I think it made the difference. Thank you for this not too sweet icing recipe.

  • Reply
    AnneGavel
    March 4, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Hi Karlyn,

    I just tried this recipe and it is super easy and delicious! Great creamy texture and I used espresso powder and love it! Thank you. I love your blog!

  • Reply
    MK
    January 5, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Hi! This recipe looks greatt and I can’t wait to try it. But do you by any chance have conversions of the ingredients in grams/millilitres (UK) Thank you!  

  • Reply
    Priyanjali A
    December 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Hi Karlynn

    Thanks for the recipe. I will try it definitely – can we use hersheys choclate syrup instead of melted choclate? 

  • Reply
    danielle
    November 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    “You can’t over beat a buttercream”…. Well in the case of that type of icing, in fact, it can happen: then, the butter starts to melt or desintegrate. My solution ? If that happens, put it in the fridge for some time and beat it again. But not TOO much. You know, just enough. Replacing coffee with cayenne and a hint of powdered clove give a punch to your great recipe. 

    And yes, it does need a lot a beating, but just don’t let your stand mixer run and hope for it to be wise enough to stop just at the right moment. It’s basic chemistry…

  • Reply
    RoLoo8
    October 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    What brand butter did you use or recommend? I find that with baking, brands make a huge difference.

  • Reply
    Yogesh
    September 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Hii ,can ou pleas tell me what shall be the effect if i replace the butter with margarine or a 50:50 mix..

    Thank you

  • Reply
    Adlina
    May 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Hi i made this chocolate Icing Recipe Bt It tuned up to be very bitter, Why is IT?

    • Reply
      Frazzled Baker
      June 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Adlina It’s hard to tell, it may be due to the chocolate you used. Was it fresh, stale (old) which chocolate did you use?

  • Reply
    Jess
    May 28, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Just finished making this frosting and WOW….sooooooo good. I currently have the cake in the fridge for a crumb coat to set, and I’m seriously resisting eating the whole bowl! I had no issues with it being grainy. I melted the chocolate the old fashioned way until it was just melted and then ensured it was room temp before continuing. I also made sure my cream was at room temperature as cold would definitely cause the chocolate to seize up and get grainy. I will be making this again for sure!

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    princesscriss10
    April 11, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Do you have a video of this?

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    debbie
    March 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Mine also seized up and became grainy after adding the powdered sugar. I followed the directions exactly and used a thoroughly cooled quality chocolate. I decided to try adding 1/2 stick more softened butter, and like magic it was transformed back into a creamy smooth frosting. 

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    Lyness
    March 18, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I plan on making a birthday cake the day before my sons first birthday party. Would you suggest making the icing and piping it on the day before or on the day?

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    JenniferPrint
    February 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    This is, hands down, the best and yummiest icing EVER. (Tied with the original butter cream icing of course… Which is simoly fantastic!!!).  Not to mention they are both EASY! I don’t microwave the chocolate.. I do it the old way with a bowl on pot with an inch of boiling water.. I have ruined my kids for store bought stuff now lol.  

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    ShanenSteppenwolf
    January 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    what kind of instant coffee do you use for this and what kind of heavy cream do you use?

    • Reply
      Frazzled Baker
      April 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      ShanenSteppenwolf Hey there, for recipes which call for instant coffee, I buy Nescafe Clasico Dark Roast

  • Reply
    Donna
    December 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I don’t know how this works for you but I just put about $20 of ingredients and an hour of my wasted time into the most massive fail of a recipie ever. The mixture was fine when I had added about half the sugar but when i added the full amount I could never get the consistency back, even using slowly added cream. Turned grainy and horrible. Biggest waste of time and money ever. And there’s no way you got the colour shown in the picture using this recipie. Mine was extremely light when using the given proportions.

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      December 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      @Donna If the recipe hadn’t been tested with sucessful results by around 40+ different people on this comment thread, I would be concerned, but I suspect ingredient quality or the method. Are you using white sugar? The only reason that something would be grainy after adding sugar is if it’s the wrong type. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you!

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      Sarah
      October 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      @Donna it probably had something to do with the type of cocoa you used. unsweetened natural  cocoa powder tend to have a bitter taste as against the dutch processed kind. 

  • Reply
    AshbaAziz
    November 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

    how much it makes?

  • Reply
    pgraham
    October 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    This is the third time I’ve made this icing (AND your classic buttercream) in literally the three weeks since I found the recipes!  TRULY divine.  My Dad actually said my cupcakes with both kinds of icing tasted better than one of our TOP notch, HIGH priced bakeries in town!  How about that?  QUICK question for anyone who wants to weigh in….

    I have a batch already made, and after I was done, I remembered that my son and his friends (9 yrs old) kind of thought it was a bit too bitter (HUH!?  What do they know?)…anyway, the batch I just made is for his b-day cake for his party on Saturday.

    ANY ideas on how to perhaps add something, or do something to the finished product AS IS to make it a little less bitter?  Vanilla?  More cream?  In hindsight, I probably should have made it with milk chocolate (any input, has anyone tried that?)…but I already have a double batch made.  Any ideas would be super.

    If I cannot change it, I’ll just have to keep this double batch ALL for myself!!!  (Darn it anyway!)

    Thanks a million for sharing your recipes!!!!  Truly awesome! 

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      October 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      pgraham Add some more icing sugar to it, it won’t change the consistency that much but if it does add more cream ! Glad you love the icings!! 

  • Reply
    Lassie
    October 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hi, how much of this frosting do I need to sandwich two 8 inch cakes and cover them with buttercream also? Thanks.

  • Reply
    breeha111
    October 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Do the 3  1 ounce chocolate squares mean just 3 ounces of chocolate?

  • Reply
    Kansasmom
    October 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Is icing sugar the same as powdered sugar?  Also, what type of cocoa and chocolate do you use? My mother in law loves, loves, loves chocolate cake and I want to make it absolutely, positively perfect:-).  Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      October 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      @Kansasmom You bet! Powdered sugar and icing sugar are the same! I used Hershey’s or even No Name cocoa and baking chocolate!

  • Reply
    Komatost
    September 4, 2014 at 7:23 am

    The first time I made this buttercream, I used regular cocoa powder and Hershey’s semi chocolate chips. It was to die for. The second time, I used ruby red high quality cocoa powder from Bulk Barn, and Callebout Milk & Dark chocolate. I truly think I have died and gone to heaven. Thank you for this incredible recipe.

    Note: if you are having issues with your chocolate becoming grainy, avoid that ever happening and DON’T microwave it! Bring a sauce pan with an inch of water to a summer, put a steel bowl over top and melt chocolate in steel bowl. Stir constantly. Exceptionally smooth chocolate that cools quickly everytime!

    • Reply
      Mery042309
      December 20, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Komatost Hi, how much did you use when you used hersheys semi sweet chocoate chips, as in cups or ounces?

      • Reply
        Komatost
        December 29, 2015 at 2:45 am

        Probably about 1/2 to 3/4 cup but I think I doubled the recipe. It was a couple years ago now so I can’t quite remember. Sorry I can’t offer more info. Good luck! This is still my go to recipe.

  • Reply
    Kermie4
    June 16, 2014 at 2:01 am

    This recipe is really awesome!:)  Thanks!  Everyone loved it!:)  It wasn’t grainy at all…very silky smooth. 

  • Reply
    RainbowBaker
    February 28, 2014 at 3:33 am

    As a gay man who bakes a lot (yes, I know, I’m very stereotypical sometimes), I’ve been told many times that my baking is the best. I just tried making this recipe and it turned out grainy, bitter, and grotesque. After following the recipe exactly and having no luck, I experimented to see if I could get it to be better by adding more cream, and that helped a bit, but it was still horrible… maybe I’m losing my mind, but this recipe didn’t work for me at all.

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      February 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      RainbowBaker  The grainy would be the chocolate, for sure, either it wasn’t cooled enough (most likely) or it was a cheap chocolate. It should never have made it grainy. The bitterness? With so much sugar, there should be NO bitterness, however, any bitterness is from the cocoa. It’s all about the ingredient quality you choose to use.

      • Reply
        Donna
        December 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

        Or maybe your recipie is no good! My chocolate was definitely cool and good quality. Now I have to throw it all out 🙁

        • Reply
          LeahThereseWilliams
          July 16, 2015 at 6:39 am

          @Donna Stop being so rude, pull the stick out of your ass and try again. We all fail sometimes, but this is not the fault of the kitchen magpie- I have made this recipe ten times at least and I sell cakes with rave reviews. 

  • Reply
    anitamaxb
    November 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    i’ve made the buttercream using butter and salt, but i mixed butter and it didn’t became light nor soft… could I made something wrong? is  butters quality isn’t good enough or it do not mix so well when is too hot? I do live in a tropical country.

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      November 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      anitamaxb It might be too hot there, because this should work like a charm!

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    anitamaxb
    November 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Hi, me again. 🙂  Can I use MILK instead heavy cream? Because the heavy cream here is valid for 3 days and little use in the recipe, so I wanted to use milk.

  • Reply
    anitamaxb
    November 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I’m sorry again. What is ” 3 one ounce” is 3 ounce, or one (1) ouce? 

  • Reply
    anitamaxb
    November 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I found a recipe like this. But it only takes half a cup of sugar to 2 cups of butter. It will be better with more sugar? the more sugar sweeter and more consistent?

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      November 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      anitamaxb This recipe takes my extremely popular buttercream icing and makes it chocolate. The proportions in this recipe are the best, I find, especially when you are adding cocoa.

  • Reply
    HWLS1012
    September 23, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Hi Kitchen Magpie,

    How do you go about making white chocolate butter cream icing? Coffee doesn’t really fit, and I’m yet to see white cocoa. Would you use cocoa butter and milk powder instead? And what proportions?

    Thank you very much.

    Sigrun

  • Reply
    Baking Enthusiast
    September 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I tried your recipe and it tasted awesome and the texture was amazing too!! But I chilled it in the refrigerator as I needed to use it the next day plus it contained cream. Sadly, the next day when I remove it out of the fridge I found the buttercream to be grainy and no matter how much I would beat it, the texture was gone. Any suggestion why this could have happened? 

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      September 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      @Baking Enthusiast I’d guess it’s the chocolate “seizing” in the mixture, I have refrigerated this no problem, so perhaps it’s either the quality of the chocolate used OR it wasn’t incorporated enough into the mixture? It should be mixed in enough that it isn’t  grainy when it hardens….

  • Reply
    May
    September 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Can I use 1/2 shortening and 1/2 butter?

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      September 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      @May You could, but the taste would not be as good, at all.

  • Reply
    Karlynn Johnston
    August 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    You are so very welcome!!

  • Reply
    rayanana
    August 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you soo much for these AMAZING recipes!!! And to think you’re in Edmonton too!! I’ve been searching since forever for great frosting recipes! My cakes come out great but I’ve always been told that my frostings are too sweet, so it’s great to be able to find ones that are just great!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 26, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Double it if you’re a heavy icer! For 4 layers definitely 2 batches.

  • Reply
    Ginny Felton
    July 26, 2013 at 2:23 am

    How much does this recipe make? I’m going to use this on a vanilla layer cake this weekend… four layers, so I’m trying to figure out if I need to double this?

  • Reply
    Pamela Marriott
    July 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Still here…waiting. ..cast on foot. ..arthritis in other foot….your the one that said she likes to go for drives…..lol

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Aw thanks Renee! I uh…have slight chocolate problem so it goes without saying chocolate icing HAS to be really yummy haha! I really want cake now…….

  • Reply
    Lori Heyser Benett
    July 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    looks yummy….i copied and pasted to my recipe folder…..

  • Reply
    Renée Rochefort-Smith
    July 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    There is NOT a better recipe for chocolate buttercream! This has been my go-to since I accidentally found it about a year ago! The best accidental find EVER!

  • Reply
    Deb McKay
    July 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Confession – I used to make small batches when I was younger and single, to do just that!! Oi.

  • Reply
    Pamela Marriott
    July 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Its a beautiful drive…..

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Awww. you need to live closer!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I can eat this off the spoon! Sooo evil!

  • Reply
    Deb McKay
    July 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Nummy!!! One of my weaknesses!

  • Reply
    Pamela Marriott
    July 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    i cant bake. broken foot. make me some? pretty please. cant stand to bake. …..whine…….

  • Reply
    Karlynn Johnston
    June 10, 2013 at 12:12 am

    It does if it’s out for more than a few hours.

  • Reply
    Foreveradame
    June 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Sorry – didnt see…but does this have to be refrigerated??

  • Reply
    Karlynn Johnston
    June 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    So glad you liked it! I haven’t tried other chocolates but it is such a great base, you can fiddle and experiment all you like! I expect milk chocolate would be lovely as well!

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    Sabine
    June 7, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe!  I tried it today and it is beyond fabulous!  I love love love it and so did the rest of the family.   My son licked the beater for more than a half hour!  Have you ever tried milk chocolate or white with it?  thanks again!

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    Karlynn Johnston
    June 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Use powdered! As for color, that depends on so much, different brands of ingredients, it really doesn’t matter as long as the taste is the same!

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    nancym9966
    June 3, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Question on the sugar.  Did you use powder sugar or granulated sugar?  I just made it and used powdered sugar and the frosting doesn’t look as dark as yours.  Please help!

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    SiriSundar
    May 19, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Hi karlynn,

    I tried this out for my sons first bday, and it came out super!! Thanks a ton! It was doubly delicious & rich with the chocolate cake. Although i did a rookie mistake of adding cold cream insted of room temperature!! A few solidified lumps, but was able to rectify it!! I still have some butter cream & cake trimming left, any ideas for leftover recipes?

    Thanks again!!

    Siri, bangalore, india.

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    SiriSundar
    May 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Hi karlynn,

    Tried out this frosting for my sons first bday, came out very well & was super rich with the chocolate cake combo!! Thanks a ton!! Had a little glitch, when i added cold creme instead of room temperature! But was able to correct it…

    Thanks again!

    Siri, bangalore, india.

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    Aggie
    April 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Karlynn!

    I followed your recipe word for word except that I lessen the icing sugar a bit. My frosting turned out so salty! Could it be the butter I’m using?

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    JennyCincotta
    April 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Worked a treat! first attempt at butter cream icing and it was awesome…my piping bag was a horror story though! had to change the nib to a much bigger one and then after 2 perfect rose cupcakes it decided to not work at all…lucky they were a test batch! might have to put more cream in on the day to make it more pipeable 🙂

  • Reply
    Nancy
    March 22, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hi Karlynn,

    I want to make your recipe but have two questions…unsweetened cocoa?? sweetened? Unsweetened chocolate? Semi sweet? bittersweet? Please let me know what you use.

     

    Thanks so much!

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      Shannon
      May 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      @Nancy I used unsweetened cocoa and semi-sweet baker’s chocolate that comes in the squares, but have used pure semi-sweet chocolate chips to just as wonderful results!

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    Lesley
    March 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I have to admit, I wasn’t sold on the salted butter at first (I never use anything but unsalted) but this icing is pure magic!! This icing is the icing I have been searching for and I will never need to try anything else. Thanks!!

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    phil06200
    December 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Hi Karlynn,

    I have done  your butter cream yesterday, I want to thank you, it’s incredible, fantastically good, amazing, a must, everybody who read this post MUST do it, you’ll never do another one.

    Toulouse France.

     

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    nikki111
    October 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Hi karlynn,

    I have just come across your buttercream icing recipes, and judging from all the comments- they are a great success. I am making a 3 tier chocolate wedding cake which will be covered with fondant icing, but I was wanting to use a buttercream icing under the fondant icing.  would the buttercream icing with the vanilla be better to use or would this chocolate buttercream icing be better?? and would the cakes need to be refrigerated right up unitl they are ready to go on display?   

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    J Roussel
    September 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I mean unsalted butter! Dang auto correct !

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    J Roussel
    September 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Ms. Magpie, going to try this icing with milk chocolate, which is saltier than dark. Think I should use undated butter???

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    Linda L
    June 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Where do you get the cake recipe to go with it? Chocolate or YELLOW would be great.

    • Reply
      Karlynn
      June 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Where ever you want! This is one of many JUST icing recipes, as not everyone needs the cake recipe as well. There’s a recipe for chocolate cake on my site, just search.

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    Tissa
    June 11, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I made this dairy free with golden shortening 1/3 and 2/3 vegan margarine in place of the salted butter. I used strong brewed coffee, and a bit of vanilla rice milk in place of cream. If this was the only chocolate frosting recipe I could ever use for the rest of my life- I’d die a happy person. Its so supremely chocolate-y! We were all eating it by the spoonfuls in the kitchen. My kids didn’t want dinner or the birthday cake just this divine chocolate “butter”cream.

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    Miria
    June 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I suspect because of the cream this frosting needs to be refrigerated. I am taking the cake out of the fridge at 9:00 a.m. on a long journey and it won’t be in the fridge until 4:00 p.m. If I pack it in a cooler would that be sufficient? I also intend to freeze it so that it keeps cool longer. I would love to try because it sounds absolutely decadent! Let me know.

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    Trish
    May 31, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Your chocolate buttercream icing is deeelicious !!! So chocolaty and creamy….I just put a crumb coat on my cake and put it in the fridge to harden up before I put on the finish coat…when my cake is finally done should it be refregerated or can I leave it out….tomorrow is the party I’m making it for….Thanks for a great reciepe, really love it….

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    Shubhangi
    May 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    OMG which nozzle did you use for that rosette?! It looks DELICIOUS! Great recipe, as usual 🙂

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    Dalila
    April 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    WOW! this icing is sooooo good! OMG! I rarely leave a comment or review for recipes but this one I had to! I am using it to ice a cake tomorrow, can I leave this out one day or should I refrigerate until needed?
    Thanks again!!

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      Karlynn
      April 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Yes, in the fridge it goes! It will harden up (the butter in it will make it very firm) but leave it out early on before you need to use it and it goes back to room temp and softens.

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    Jessie Brewer
    March 23, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Just printed this out! Making a birthday cake for my 3 year old this weekend and this will be the icing I try out on it! 🙂 So, do you taste the coffee in the icing?

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    Candy
    March 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    this is such a good recipe. my buttercream frosting doesn’t usually turn out. but i have made this twice now and it’s awesome. I added coconut flavoring the second time around for my mocha coconut cupcakes. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with all of us. 🙂

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    Esther
    January 26, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Let me start by saying I never rate recipes…I go along the internet, taking bits of recipes I like from here and there and happily start cooking. I HAD to come back to your page to tell you .. that OMG. This buttercream is heaven. It is DIVINE. It is melt in your mouth, knee buckling DELICIOUS. I don’t know if more made it to my tummy or the cake I’m making for my fiance’s b-day tomorrow, and I don’t care. I feel like going back into the kitchen and whipping up some more and polishing off the bowl before my fiance gets home. This recipe will be laminated and framed with little miniature spotlights on it in my kitchen. Thank you thank you THANK YOU for making my life so much buttercreamy better.

    • Reply
      Karlynn
      January 27, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Well your comment made me laugh it’s so awesome! Welcome to the site and glad you loved the icing!

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    SetarE
    November 22, 2011 at 6:16 am

    it looks really delicious

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    crystal
    November 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    amazingggg buttercream!! very smooth and decadant! must try!

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    Tammy
    October 22, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Love this icing…the best chocolate buttercream. Didn’t use salted butter but added a dash of salt and it worked great. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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      Karlynn
      October 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks! I do love this icing too, so decadent!

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    Jennie Brooks
    September 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Oops… never mind- just saw a comment where you said semi-sweet. Thanks!

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      Karlynn
      September 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      You do bring up a good point of changing the chocolate around to suit your taste. Dark chocolate would make a decadent icing, especially with the coffee in it!

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    Jennie Brooks
    September 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Hi! I just stumbled onto your recipe to make for some cupcakes this weekend. Does it matter what kind of chocolate you use to melt? Semi-sweet? Milk? Dark? Just wondering. Thanks! Sounds SO great!

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    Anonomous
    September 16, 2011 at 3:50 am

    How much does this recipe make? Enough for a three layer cake?

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      Karlynn
      September 16, 2011 at 3:59 am

      Yes, especially if you are using a filling between layer. I have covered a three layer cake and used this as filling.It all depends on how thick you like your icing!

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    Anon
    September 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Do you brew coffee just for this recipe? Hm..don’t have any coffee, but this recipe sure seems worth it to get some!

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      Karlynn
      September 15, 2011 at 1:54 am

      The brilliance here (boy that sounds like bragging but I am not!) is that it’s instant coffee, not brewed. I keep a small jar specifically for baking. You just dissolve it into the cream then add it into the mix!

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    Hawkecho
    September 7, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I’ll have to try this on my fave chocolate cake recipe since it too has coffee in it, a full cup!  Why did I never think to add coffee to the icing?!  Genius.  ;)

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    Hawkecho
    September 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I’ll have to try this on my fave chocolate cake recipe since it too has coffee in it, a full cup!  Why did I never think to add coffee to the icing?!  Genius.  😉

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      Karlynn Johnston
      September 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Haha thanks for the compliment! My favorite chocolate cake has coffee in it too, we most likely use the same recipe! It’s on my site here somewhere, from Epicurious, right? AMAZING cake, I get compliments everytime I bake it.

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    Annie Patterson
    September 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    i can’t wait to try this recipe on yellow cake!  my personal fave is yellow cake with chocolate frosting yet I always resort to the store bought because no other recipe I’ve found seems to give the right amount of chocolatey-ness and creamy texture.  I’ve only ever used recipes that call for cocoa powder. the idea of using melted chocolate with the cocoa powder is genius! thanks and i’m loving the idea of using heavy cream in the buttercream frosing recipes.  just a quick question, did you use semi-sweet baking squares for the melted chocolate?  i’m assuming so because of all the sweet with the sugar, but just want to make sure.

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    Annie Patterson
    September 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    i can’t wait to try this recipe on yellow cake!  my personal fave is yellow cake with chocolate frosting yet I always resort to the store bought because no other recipe I’ve found seems to give the right amount of chocolatey-ness and creamy texture.  I’ve only ever used recipes that call for cocoa powder. the idea of using melted chocolate with the cocoa powder is genius! thanks and i’m loving the idea of using heavy cream in the buttercream frosing recipes.  just a quick question, did you use semi-sweet baking squares for the melted chocolate?  i’m assuming so because of all the sweet with the sugar, but just want to make sure.

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      Karlynn Johnston
      September 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Yes indeed, semi-sweet and I should put that in the recipe. I hope you like it, I am fussy about my chocolate icing too. Play with it a bit and I am sure you will find your perfect taste! Let me know how it turns out!

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    Jenn Barrette
    September 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    My new go to chocolate buttercream recipe, thank you!

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious
    August 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I like how you use cocoa and melted chocolate. For some reason I’ve always used one or the other. Silly me. Now I know to try both! The coffee sounds perfect to pull out that chocolate flavor too. I will try this next time I bake a chocolate cake… which is probably later today. Thanks for sharing!

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious
    August 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I like how you use cocoa and melted chocolate. For some reason I’ve always used one or the other. Silly me. Now I know to try both! The coffee sounds perfect to pull out that chocolate flavor too. I will try this next time I bake a chocolate cake… which is probably later today. Thanks for sharing!

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      Karlynn Johnston
      August 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      I have tendency to throw everything into recipes..surely if ONE thing makes it good, THREE makes it better? Works about 50/50 lol! Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy it!

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    Savory Simple
    August 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    That right there is my kind if dessert.

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    Savory Simple
    August 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    That right there is my kind if dessert.

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