Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Many of you have asked for a Chocolate Buttercream Recipe….This is not MY recipe however it is one that I use and I love it……so I thought I would share it with all of you! I do not remember where I found this recipe but I will say it was online somewhere in the wonderful world of the internet…lol.


6 sticks of butter (I use salted) or 3 cups….. (whichever way you want to measure)

3 Tablespoons of milk

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1/2 cup of cocoa powder (The special Dark Type), I have used the regular cocoa powder as well, either way is great!

1- 11.5 oz Bag of Ghirardelli Chocolate  or a comparable chocolate, you can use milk choc. or whatever you would like

2 LB bag of Powdered Sugar…..2 lbs is equal to 8 cups


Mix the butter (softened), milk,. vanilla, and cocoa powder in the mixer until thoroughly mixed.

Melt the Chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted

Once the chocolate is melted you then add it to the other ingredients that are in the mixer

Then finally add the powdered sugar a little at a time to the mixer making sure that you allow it to mix thoroughly


If your icing is too thick add another teaspoon of milk.

If you want your icing to be very dark brown you can add 3 drops of black food coloring as well as a teaspoon of brown and make sure to mix thoroughly.


15 Responses to “Chocolate Buttercream Icing”

  1. Florence Chicirda July 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    I just just made flowers out of marshmallow fondant. How long can I store them and how? I need them for a cake on 8/1/2015.

  2. gloria November 3, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Hi, in the NOTES…. You said to use a teaspoon of ‘ brown’. if I want it darker, what is brown please??

    • The Sugar Lane November 8, 2012 at 7:33 am #

      Hello Gloria Sorry about that I meant Brown food coloring……

      • gloria November 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

        Thank you sugarlane for reply about the ‘brown’ food colour

      • Sejal June 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

        Came across this blog randomly and i love it!! well done to you!

  3. Teri October 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I’m from montreal i would like to know where I can find Tylose powder. Also the chocolate buttercream frosting, can i just use cocoa and instead of regular milk can I use condenced milk??? thanks

    • The Sugar Lane October 26, 2012 at 3:40 am #

      Hello Teri,

      Yes you can just use cocoa for the choc buttercream frosting…..and as far as using the condensed milk in place of the milk I have no done this myself but I would think it would taste great, however I would do an experiment and try it out first to see how it works…..I would use less of the condensed milk since it is stronger than regular milk. Good luck to you!
      to purchase tylose powder I get it at

  4. Jean September 14, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    do you have to use the bag of chocolates, couldn’t you just use the cocoa?

  5. Jay December 28, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    You have very nice web site. The chocolate icing recipe calls for a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate. What is the weight of this bag of chocolate? Thank you, Jay

    • The Sugar Lane December 31, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      Jay I will check into that for you, and add to this reply!!

      • kaizeen March 21, 2012 at 11:51 am #

        am waiting to know the weight of the cohoclate bag. i think that shaould make a difference

        • The Sugar Lane March 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm #


          The size of the bag of chocolate for the icing recipe is 11.5 oz bag.

        • The Sugar Lane October 10, 2013 at 7:17 am #

          The chocolate in this recipe is 11.5 ounces in weight.


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