Easiest Chocolate Buttercream Recipe for Perfect Cakes

This creamy, dreamy chocolate buttercream is the perfect fluffy frosting for cakes, cupcakes, and spoon licking!

Craving a chocolate buttercream so luscious you’ll want to bathe in it? Strap yourself in—this isn’t your grandma’s recipe, unless she was a wizard in the kitchen. Here, you’ll get the secret sauce (well, butter and cocoa) and every sinful detail to whip up the dreamiest, creamiest chocolate buttercream of your dessert fantasies. Keep scrolling; your taste buds are in for a ride!


Chocolate Buttercream Extravaganza

chocolate buttercream extravaganza

Chocolate buttercream is like happiness in frosting form. It’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes, or just spooning straight from the bowl. Velvety smooth and decadently rich, this buttercream is the icing on your culinary masterpiece—or your Tuesday afternoon pick-me-up.

  • Cooking Method: Mixing
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cuisine Type: Dessert


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat 1 cup of softened unsalted butter on high speed until creamy and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Sift together 3 ½ cups of powdered sugar and ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  3. Gradually add the powdered sugar mixture to the butter, mixing on low speed until combined. Don’t rush or you’ll create a powdered sugar cloud, aka the “snow-pocalypse”.
  4. Once all sugar is incorporated, add ½ teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and mix on medium speed until combined.
  5. Slowly drizzle in ¼ cup of heavy cream while mixing on low speed. Increase speed to high and whip the buttercream for about 3 minutes until it’s light and fluffy.
  6. Taste test. You know, for science. Adjust sweetness or consistency with more powdered sugar or heavy cream if necessary.


Feel free to experiment with different flavors. Swap out vanilla extract with peppermint, almond, or even a splash of espresso for a mocha twist. For garnish, consider chocolate curls, a sprinkle of sea salt, or a dusting of cocoa powder. If you’re feeling adventurous, whip in a tablespoon of hazelnut spread for a nutty surprise. Want it vegan? Sub in vegan butter and coconut milk, and you’re set!