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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting


This chocolate cream cheese frosting is a chocolate lovers dream. The chocolate frosting is silky smooth, surprisingly easy to make, and pipes onto cupcakes or cakes beautifully.

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  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Servings 3
Preparation time 8mins
Cooking time 8mins
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Step 1

In the bowl of an electric mixer using paddle attachment (or using an electric hand mixer with a large bowl), beat together 8 ounces cream cheese with 8 tablespoons butter on medium/high speed until creamy (3 minutes), scraping down the bowl as needed.

Sift in 3 cups powdered sugar with ½ cup cocoa powder to ensure there are no lumps then add ¼ teaspoon salt. Mix on low speed until well combined, scrape down the bowl well then increase to medium/high speed and beat until smooth and whipped (1 minute).

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat on medium/high until smooth (1 minute). Now it's ready to be piped onto cooled cupcakes.

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