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Easy Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Updated on January 28, 2014
Easy Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Icing
Easy Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Icing | Source
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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!!

Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Icing
Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Icing | Source
Step One: Add your butter to a large bowl
Step One: Add your butter to a large bowl | Source
Step Two: I use a hand mixer to make my buttercream
Step Two: I use a hand mixer to make my buttercream | Source
Step Three: Beat your butter for several minutes to get it nice and creamy
Step Three: Beat your butter for several minutes to get it nice and creamy | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Makes about 4 cups of chocolate icing

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add your butter to a large bowl.
  2. Pull out your hand mixer because you'l not be able to do this by hand alone.
  3. Beat your butter for 3-4 minutes until light and creamy.
  4. Now add in your cocoa powder.
  5. Because I added in so much powder, I wanted to help it all mix in with a little liquid.
  6. Add in your milk and then your vanilla.
  7. It's not going to look like it will all mix in, but it will.
  8. 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.
  9. One cup to one half cup at a time, add your powdered sugar and then mix together with your hand mixer.
  10. 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.
  11. You can use your icing right away if you choose as there are no raw ingredients in it.
  12. 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?
  13. From a plastic storage bag, it was going to be easier to pipe my icing onto my cupcakes later.
  14. 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.
  15. Yummy! Yummy! Enjoy!
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Step Four: Add your cocoa powderStep Five: Add your milkStep Six: Add your vanillaStep Seven: Mix everything togetherStep Eight: Begin adding your powdered sugar, one cup at a timeAfter one cup pf powdered sugarAfter two cups pf powdered sugarAfter three cups pf powdered sugarAfter four cups pf powdered sugarPour into a plastic bag to store. Put into the refrigerator.Yummy!
Step Four: Add your cocoa powder
Step Four: Add your cocoa powder | Source
Step Five: Add your milk
Step Five: Add your milk | Source
Step Six: Add your vanilla
Step Six: Add your vanilla | Source
Step Seven: Mix everything together
Step Seven: Mix everything together | Source
Step Eight: Begin adding your powdered sugar, one cup at a time
Step Eight: Begin adding your powdered sugar, one cup at a time | Source
After one cup pf powdered sugar
After one cup pf powdered sugar | Source
After two cups pf powdered sugar
After two cups pf powdered sugar | Source
After three cups pf powdered sugar
After three cups pf powdered sugar | Source
After four cups pf powdered sugar
After four cups pf powdered sugar | Source
Pour into a plastic bag to store. Put into the refrigerator.
Pour into a plastic bag to store. Put into the refrigerator. | Source
Yummy!
Yummy! | Source

Substitutions for New Flavors

Icing Flavor
Ingredient
Substitution
Vanilla
cocoa powder
nothing
Strawberry
nothing
1 1/2 cups strawberry puree
Almond
vanilla extract
almond extract
Peppermint
vanilla extract
peppermint extract
Peanut Butter
butter
peanut butter
Lemon
milk
lemon juice
Lime
milk
lime juice
Orange
milk
orange juice
Apple
milk
apple juice
White Chocolate
cocoa powder
6oz white chocolate
Mint Chocolate
vanilla extract
peppermint extract (keep cocoa powder)
Rum
vanilla extract
rum extract
Unless a measurement is give, assume the measurements should be the same when substituting ingredients.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 tablespoons of icing
Calories 210
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Sugar 29 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
Sodium 35 mg1%
* 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.
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Personal Review

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.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Lol I'm not a caffeine drinker at all, but eating one cupcake with icing didn't affect me at all. :)

      I'm not even a cupcake eater and these were amazing. I've been asked to make another batch for the Super Bowl. I'll have to let you know how it works out!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I noticed too that you put quite a lot of chocolate powder :-) It must be really good! I suppose to not stay up all night as Faith mentionned, we have to eat those ones with moderation ;-)

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      You know, I only intended to put one cup of cocoa in, but added more accidentally. It turned it great though!

      You're going to love them!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Just noticed the 1 1/2 cups of cocoa, now that is serious chocolate there, may keep one up at night! Wow!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Oh, yeah. You have to try them! They are amazing! I'm not a chocolate person, but I've been having dreams about them. Lol

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow sounds like some serious chocolate; what every woman dreams of.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thank you for your comments!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Love buttercream icing for sure! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      lol Billy, every meal I make from here on out will have chocolate in the title then! lol But when I make my Avocado Macaroni and Cheese tonight, it's going to be weird with chocolate in it. :)

      RTalloni, it was truly delicious. That's why I warned you about it's addictive characteristic! :) I hope you enjoy it with your own ingredients!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Okay, now I want cake with chocolate icing…or maybe just icing! :)

      Due to a cow milk allergy coconut oil will have to replace the butter, but experience tells me it will be yum.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep putting chocolate in the title of your articles and I'll keep reading them. :) I hope you are having a great day.