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  • Writer's pictureGrace Grogan

Heavenly Chocolate Buttercream | Grace's Messy Kitchen

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

Classic vanilla buttercream is great and all, but as a chocoholic myself, I prefer rich, fluffy, and absolutely delicious chocolate buttercream. If you're looking for something to satisfy your chocolate cravings that can also be used to decorate cakes, cookies, and frosted desserts, then this recipe is perfect for you! One of my favorite parts of this recipe is that it's quick, easy, and soooooo good! This recipe only takes a few minutes to whip up, and is a big enough batch for most cakes. As a cake decorator, I can say for certain that this recipe won't disappoint!

Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, chocolate ganache, and Oreos with icing swirls

Let's get baking!!!

Equipment needed: Stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or handheld beaters work just fine as well), measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a rubber spatula.

Time: 15 minutes


  • 7 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature

  • 6 to 10 tbsp milk or water, depending on desired consistency

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. cocoa powder


  1. whip the butter on high speed for two minutes (until super light and airy)

  2. add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and half the water/milk. Turn the mixer on low speed and gradually increase the speed until there is no risk of powdered sugar flying everywhere. Add the cocoa powder and the remaining water and begin mixing again on low speed until just combined.

  3. Increase mixer speed to medium high and then high. Whip the buttercream for at least 5 minutes so it is light, airy, and easy to work with. Remember to add more water if icing consistency is too stiff.

  4. Enjoy using this icing recipe on your baked items!!!

I hope you guys enjoyed making this recipe as much as I did! As an experienced baker, it has taken me a long time to create the perfect, fool-proof icing recipe. If you guys make this recipe, make sure to tag me on Instagram using the hashtag #gracesmessykitchen to be featured on my Instagram page @graces_messy_kitchen. Feel free to reach out with questions, comments, or ideas too! Happy baking!

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