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Jan 4, 2007 09:26 PM

Need your very best chocolate frosting recipe

I'm a fair baker, but good chocolate frosting has so far eluded me. It's either too grainy, too fluffy, too gray, not chocolate enough . . . What I'm looking for is a very chocolatey, somewhat dense frosting that doesn't harden too much on the cake. I don't want a ganache or a glaze-type icing (I don't think), but rather something that can be piled up on top of a cupcake. Buttercreams welcome as long as they're not greasy. (You know that feeling you get when your lips are coated with butter? Not my favorite mouthfeel for a frosting.) Thank you so much for any tips or recipes you can provide!

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  1. Ok, you have me looking in my Mommy's cookbook! Ummm...keep this quiet not supposed to give these recipes out ;p Just joking this is one she got from a friend who did catering for a while...and I'm allowed to give it's really good...not too sweet either !! It's really easy and simple to make and tastes very chocolaty even though it uses cocoa and not chocolate...


    2 cups icing sugar
    2 oz butter
    3 Tbsp cocoa
    3 Tbsp hot water or milk

    Mix all together and whip until fluffy

    1. This one has a really nice, fudgy texture and a lot of chocolate flavor. Melting the butter first does seem to make a difference.

      1 lb. box powdered sugar
      1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
      1/2 cup butter, melted
      1 tsp. vanilla
      1/4 to 1/3 cup milk, as needed

      Sift together sugar and cocoa. Mix with melted butter. Add vanilla and enough milk to get the right spreading consistency.

      1. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
        1/2 cup granulated sugar
        1/3 stick unsalted butter
        1/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream

        Comine all ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan and stir over medium heat until one thick bubble breaks the surface. This is less solid than a ganache, even refrigerated; it will stay liquid (though very thick) spooned over ice cream, but it makes a great frosting too.
        (Adapted from Paula Peck's The Art of Fine Baking.)

        1. Cook's illustrated has a recipe for a classic american chocolate frosting that is basically chocolate chopped in the food processor, then cream heated with a bit of corn syrup poured in, powdered sugar added and then butter added piece by piece to make a glossy, satiny frosting. it's the best chocolate frosting i've ever had. the recipe calls for milk chocolate but i usually use half milk half dark.

          Unfortunately, I can't find the recipe, nor can i get on the website to get to it, so i can't give ingredient measurements. Anyone have access to cook's who can paraphrase it here?

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          1. re: missmasala

            Oops, I posted the recipe I have out of Best Recipe below but it's not the same as the one you're mentioning. Oh well, another one to try.

          2. Wow, thank you, everybody! I'm looking forward to trying these out. It's weird how different chocolate frosting recipes can be. I might have to do a side-by-side comparison, on cupcakes maybe, of several of these. Thanks so much for writing them all out and describing them in detail.