Chocolate Buttercream

This chocolate buttercream frosting goes perfect with the Chocolate Cupcakes or Vanilla Cupcakes recipes in my previous publications or with any cake of your choice.

¾ cups of powdered baking chocolate or 4 onz unsweetened chocolate melted
½ cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter (113 g)
½ cup of vegetable shortening (I use Crisco) (102 grams)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla (2.5ml)
4 cups of confectioners sugar (512 g)
¼ Cup (59 ml) of milk or cream (the choice is yours depending on your like)

Yield: Enough to lightly cover 24 Cupcakes. 

1. Cream butter and vegetable shortening at Med-High speed until light and fluffy.
2. Add cocoa and 1 cup sugar (already sifted together) mix on low speed until incorporated.
3. Continue to add sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla and mix on low speed until incorporated then move to high speed. Beat to a spreading consistency.
4. Add more milk if needed until to desired consistency.

Variations to this Buttercream frosting:
  • To dilute the consistency, add 2 tablespoons of syrup (dark corn syrup), chocolate milk or water, and beat. Continue the process until desired consistency. 
  • To thicken add 2 tablespoons of sifted confectioners' sugar and mix. Continue the process until desired consistency is reached. 
  • To make a mocha buttercream frosting: instead of adding milk or cream, replace the same amount of liquid for strong brewed coffee .


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Proverbs 15:13 

    4 Friends Have Comment:

    1. hi mari, excellent recipes you have here.. thank u so much..

      i wanted to ask if we can substitute vegetable shortening with something else in this receipe, as it is not available where i live.

      thank you

    2. Hina- The only substitute that I know would be to use all butter. It will make a richer frosting,but more softer and it will melt a lot easier. You could balance it out with powdered sugar and maintain the product refrigerated.

      Thanks for visiting :)


    3. thank u for the reply, i was wondering if i could use 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 a cup of margarine? substitute vegetable shortening with margarine?

    4. Hina- I have never used margarine, all recipes I have read call for all butter or part with shortening because of taste and texture issues. If you do try it and it works please let me know.



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