Stand mixer whisk attachment with a ton of chocolate frosting.

The Best Chocolate Frosting

This easy chocolate frosting recipe is the BEST! Made with melted chocolate, it's perfect for cakes, cupcakes, brownies... anything!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Calories 1205 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate finely chopped
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  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments on 50% power, stirring after each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, using the whisk attachment of your stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl once or twice.
  3. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, add the vanilla, mixing until incorporated. Add the melted chocolate and whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed to incorporate all of the chocolate.
  4. Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for up to 4 hours before using. The frosting can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 4 days. Bring to room temperature and re-whip before using. The frosting can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature before using.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup of frosting

Nutrition Facts
The Best Chocolate Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1205 Calories from Fat 819
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 91g 140%
Saturated Fat 56g 280%
Cholesterol 197mg 66%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 278mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 143g 48%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 134g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 45.8%
Calcium 5%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.