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5-Minute Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Learn how to make chocolate buttercream frosting with this easy 5-minute recipe. This is my absolute favorite recipe for chocolate frosting, it's so simple! Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, and so much more!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert, Frosting
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Jill


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt to taste optional


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for 1 minute.
  • Add the sifted powdered sugar and cocoa powder to the bowl one cup at a time and beat until combined. Slowly pour in the heavy cream and vanilla extract then add the pinch of salt and continue beating until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed, about 2 minutes.
  • Increase the speed to high and beat the frosting for an additional 2 minutes. Use the frosting immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.