Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

A light, fluffy, decadent and dreamy Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Perfect for frosting cakes, cupcakes, and more!

Yields: enough to frost 24 cupcakes or 1 9-inch Layer Cake


8 oz. high-quality dark chocolate, chopped (or dark chocolate chips)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
½ cup Hi-ratio Shortening
⅛ teaspoon salt
5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
¼ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4-8 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk


  1. Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof glass bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat the butter, shortening and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 5-6 minutes). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  3. Visit Dreamy Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting @ queensleeappetit.com for full instructions and notes of recipe.

Leave a Comment