Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe

When it comes to delicious chocolate frosting, nothing is compared to this homemade chocolate frosting.

It’s silky, smooth, and ever so chocolatey that you will never repurchase any store frosting! 

It is an absolute necessity for a baker to have a good chocolate frosting recipe in hand. We bakers, work hard to find nice and perfect cake recipes but never emphasize having an excellent homemade frosting recipe. 

So many times, we opt for either whipped cream or any store-bought jar frosting. This needs to stop!

And I am trying to do so by increasing my list of different frostings for you all. Once you’ve learned to make your own frostings, you will never depend on store frosting again. 

This homemade chocolate frosting is not your regular chocolate frosting. The method used to make it is so much different than your common frostings.

It’s made for the most chocolatey frosting with just natural cocoa powder!

Want to know how? Then go ahead and read this article to the end. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe? 

  • It’s Chocolatey: Here, we are using the melting method to make our frosting. The melting method includes butter and chocolate is melted together, which helps enhance the chocolate flavor more. When natural cocoa powder is mixed with warm melted butter, it makes the chocolate flavor more intense. 
  • Easy to Follow: Trust me when I say homemade frostings are simple and easy to make. Once you learn them, you will realize it is much easier to make frostings at home than rushing to any store and buying a jar of frosting off the shelf. 
  • Accessible Ingredients: This frosting requires only five ingredients that too which are always available in your kitchen. You don’t even need any fancy Belgian chocolate for this. Just your staple ingredients are enough to make a yummy chocolate frosting. 

Important Ingredients Used In The Recipe

  • Natural Cocoa Powder: Use good quality natural cocoa powder for the recipe. As this is the main ingredient from which you will get the chocolate flavor, it needs to be of high quality. 
  • Salted Butter: Yes, unlike my other frosting recipes where I only use unsalted butter, here I will be using salted butter. Do not worry; the cocoa powder and the icing sugar are enough to tone down the saltiness from the butter. 
  • Icing Sugar: Sifted icing sugar is a must. Do not use sugar without sifting, as it contains a lot of lumps which may remain in the frosting as well. 
  • Milk: To make your frosting rich and creamy, milk is the best ingredient to use. I prefer full-fat milk for my recipes. 
  • Vanilla Essence: Vanilla essence works to balance out all the various flavors present. The saltiness reduces, and the chocolate flavor is enhanced when vanilla is added. 

How To Make Homemade Chocolate Frosting

Preparation: Quickly grab all the ingredients and tools needed for the frosting. Weigh all the ingredients correctly using a digital weighing scale. 

Melt butter and cocoa powder: Take salted butter in a bowl and melt it in the microwave. Make sure to melt it in a way that it is warm and not boiling hot. Add sifted cocoa powder into the butter and mix well. Mixing cocoa powder into warm melted butter will significantly enhance the cocoa flavor. 

Let it cool: Set the butter cocoa mixture aside to cool down. This step is important because once it cools, the consistency of the mixture changes. 

Add icing sugar and vanilla: Add the sifted icing sugar, milk, and vanilla essence once the mixture is cool. Mix it well and ensure that the sugar dissolves completely. 

Whip: Now that all ingredients have been combined, we need to beat this mixture using an electric hand beater. Whip for 1-2 minutes or until it becomes fluffy and smooth. 

Chef’s Tips For The Recipe

Do Not Boil The Butter.

When melting the butter, make sure it does not get too hot or boiled. We only want warm melted butter so that cocoa powder gets mixed easily. 

Sift Dry Ingredients.

Always sift and use the dry ingredients; in this case, it’s icing sugar and natural cocoa powder. Both have lumps in them, so sifting becomes a necessity.

How To Store Homemade Chocolate Frosting

You can store the fresh batch of frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

For more extended storage, keep it in the freezer, as it can stay good for a month. Remember to thaw the frosting first and then beat it again to get it back to the right consistency. 

More Easy Recipes

Look for my other delicious frosting recipes:

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Brownie Frosting

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I use Dutch-processed cocoa powder instead of natural cocoa powder? 

In this case, I prefer natural cocoa powder as, being acidic in nature, it tends to balance out the salt from butter. Also, it isn’t too strong. However, you can use Dutch-processed cocoa powder if you like dark chocolate flavor. You may have to adjust (increase) the quantity of milk and icing sugar as per the taste and consistency needed. 

Can I use unsalted butter? 

Yes, you can use unsalted butter if you want. However, don’t forget to add salt separately in the frosting, as salt improves the chocolate flavor. 

Can I add heavy cream to the frosting? 

You may adjust some milk quantity with cream to make the frosting extra creamy and luscious. 

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Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Best ever homemade chocolate frosting recipe is here to make your cake and cupcakes extra delicious!

  • Total Time: 20 to 22 minutes


  • 150 g Salted butter
  • 50 g Natural cocoa powder
  • 50 g Milk
  • 100 g Icing sugar
  • ½ tsp Vanilla essence


  1. In a bowl, take butter and microwave to melt it. Once warm and melted, add cocoa powder to it. Mix well and keep aside.
  2. As soon as the mixture cools down, add sifted icing sugar, milk, and vanilla essence. Combine everything well.
  3. Now, whip the whole mixture for 1-2 minutes till you get a fluffy frosting consistency.
  • Author: Chef Mansi
  • Prep Time: 10 to 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

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