Saturday, December 13, 2008

Basic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

A simple chocolate buttercream icing, made from butter, sugar, vanilla and cocoa.
A simple chocolate buttercream icing, made from butter, sugar, vanilla and cocoa.

Basic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

A very basic and simple chocolate buttercream icing that I have used for years. Great for cakes and cupcakes or those big batch brownies.

Recipe: Basic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 00 min
Total time: 10 min
Yield: About 3 cups

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 or 5 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Cream the butter, add the cocoa, vanilla, and 4 tablespoons of the milk and continue mixing until smooth. Add 3 cups of the powdered sugar to the mix and continue beating, adding the last cup of powdered sugar a little at a time, and alternating it with the additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk, adding only enough milk to achieve the desired consistency. You may not need all of the remaining milk.

Praline Buttercream Icing: Prepare recipe as above except, omit the cocoa and cream 1 cup of light brown sugar with the butter, before adding the powdered sugar. Fold in 2 cups of finely chopped pecans once the icing is prepared. Remember to thicken a too loose icing, add more powdered sugar. To loosen a too think icing, add milk about 1/2 tablespoon at a time. This is a perfect icing for a Southern Praline Cake, made using the 1-2-3-4 yellow cake recipe.


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