Easy Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Icing
So yesterday I made my Extreme Chocolate Chip Chocolate Pudding Cake because I was super craving some chocolate cake, and had been for at least a week.
But I couldn't make cake with also making the icing! I've never been a big fan of prepackaged icings. I feel like they are way too sweet, and just have a fake, chemical kind of flavor.
It's hard to detect if you're used to it, until you have made it yourself. Then no other icing can compare. And it's so easy that there's no reason why you shouldn't try it yourself.
For vanilla buttercream, simply eliminate the cocoa powder. For almond buttercream, use almond extract instead of vanilla extract in your mixture.
For a fruit flavored buttercream, like apple, lemon, lime, or orange, substitute the fresh fruit juice from the fruit for the milk in my recipe. And for peanut butter buttercream, substitute your peanut butter for the butter in my recipe.
This is such an easy homemade buttercream icing, that you can make it your own with just a few substitutions.
Let's get started!!
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups cocoa
- 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Add your butter to a large bowl.
- Pull out your hand mixer because you'l not be able to do this by hand alone.
- Beat your butter for 3-4 minutes until light and creamy.
- Now add in your cocoa powder.
- Because I added in so much powder, I wanted to help it all mix in with a little liquid.
- Add in your milk and then your vanilla.
- It's not going to look like it will all mix in, but it will.
- Now it's time for your powdered sugar. I'm always hesitant that I'm going to be able to add another 5 cups of powder or so into my mixture, but it always work out just fine.
- One cup to one half cup at a time, add your powdered sugar and then mix together with your hand mixer.
- You can see pictures to the right of how the texture of the icing changed after I added in one, two, three, and four cups of powdered sugar.
- You can use your icing right away if you choose as there are no raw ingredients in it.
- However, it's even better if you load it into a plastic storage bag and refrigerate it first. You have to give your cupcakes (or cake) time to cook anyway don't you?
- From a plastic storage bag, it was going to be easier to pipe my icing onto my cupcakes later.
- If I'm only going to be icing one cupcake at a time, I just spoon it out with a small spoon onto that one cupcake from the bag.
- Yummy! Yummy! Enjoy!
Substitutions for New Flavors
1 1/2 cups strawberry puree
6oz white chocolate
peppermint extract (keep cocoa powder)
|Serving size: 2 tablespoons of icing|
|Calories from Fat||81|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 9 g||14%|
|Saturated fat 5 g||25%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 32 g||11%|
|Sugar 29 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 0 g|
|Cholesterol 15 mg||5%|
|Sodium 35 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
I only have one warning. As you are mixing your ingredients, know that cocoa powder tends to fluff and go everywhere when you mix it.
If you don't have a problem with chocolate powder all over you and the counter, go for it! lol Otherwise, you may want to mix slowly and cover your mixing bowl when mixing.
Okay, maybe I have more than one suggestion!
If while making your frosting, it gets too thick for you, simply add in a little bit more milk, one teaspoon at a time until you get your desired consistency.
However, if your frosting becomes too thin, and mine was a tad on the thin side, just add in a small amount of powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time until it's the right thickness for piping.
Finally, this frosting is incredibly addicting. Be very careful in how you use it! lol You might just eat the whole batch on the couch and have to go back and make some more.
What is your favorite flavor of icing?
© 2014 Victoria Van Ness