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Classic Chocolate Frosting

This Classic Chocolate Frosting is one you will  love. Easy to make and wonderful on cakes, cupcakes, cookies and many desserts. 
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: chocolate frosting
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 stick or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup 100% cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons milk or water


  • Beat butter with mixer until smooth.  Mix in powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla and milk.  Mix until frosting is of spreading consistency.  Can add more milk or water if needed.


 This will easily frost a 9 x 13 cake, a round 2 layer cake or a dozen to a dozen and a half cupcakes.