June 13, 2010 by Flora Dawn
I know most people probably just buy one of those small jars of frosting when they are baking a cake, but homemade frosting really does taste better. And it can be very easy.
Although some frosting and icing recipes are complicated, I really only make the quick one-bowl variety.
And frosting is a great way to get your kids in the kitchen. Kids absolutely love making frosting and are especially fond of licking the bowl, spatula and/or their fingers. Even kids typically unwilling to help cook will be eager to make super delicious things like chocolate frosting. And with no cutting or heat involved it’s a safe introduction into food preparation.
This is a great basic chocolate buttercream recipe that my family really enjoys. Lot of chocolate and lots of butter. Okay, so it’s not exactly healthy but it is really good and it’s perfect for a special occasion dessert.
And although I do agree that expensive chocolate does taste great, I usually just use Hershey’s of Nestle baking cocoa; my family never complains.
This recipe makes 3 cups, which I find is the perfect amount to frost a two layer 8-inch cake, with a few spoonfuls to spare for any taste-testers.
So next time you are making a cake or cupcakes, do your kids a favor and let them help you make some chocolate buttercream. Your kitchen will clean, I promise. Grab a cold glass of milk and enjoy. Happy Baking!
If you want to give the frosting a subtle coffee flavor, replace the vanilla with 2 tsp strong brewed coffee.
- 4 cups (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (make sure it’s really at room temp or your frosting will be lumpy)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- In the bowl or a stand mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds.
- Add cocoa powder and sugar and cream together.
- Pour in milk and vanilla and beat on low speed until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.