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Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting


This butter cream is very rich in chocolate flavor, from Dutch process cocoa. It spreads really well and then hardens once it refrigerated.

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  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup milk (plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Servings 1
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 20mins
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Step 1

For the frosting, combine cocoa and powdered sugar in a medium bowl.

In another bowl, use an electric mixer to cream butter with 1 cup of the cocoa-sugar mixture, then add the remaining cocoa-sugar mixture, alternating it with the milk.

Beat until frosting is easily spreadable, then blend in vanilla.

When cakes are completely cool, frost the top of each, then stack them evenly and frost the sides and top with remaining frosting.


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