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Chocolate Icing Recipe

Chocolate Icing

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"This chocolate icing uses butter and brown sugar with plenty of confectioners' sugar for a quick frosting for your cake."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings


  1. In a saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then add milk. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. Sift together cocoa and confectioners sugar. Blend into butter mixture and add vanilla. If consistency is too stiff, add more milk.
  3. Spread Quickly over cooled cake, as frosting will set up very fast.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 16, 2005

SO GOOD!!! It needed tweaking for my 2 layer 9 inch cake. If you follow the directions it is VERY thick and hard for icing a cake but great for brownies. For the cake I used 3 Tbsp of milk and 2 tbsp cocoa for a single batch. Because it sets up so quickly I made 2 seperate double batches, one for the middle of the cake using the original thick recipe, frosted it, then made the second double batch tweaked for spreadability for the outside of the cake. It is glorious... and I don't even like chocolate!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 19, 2006

tasty. sets pretty firm, very fudgy. Firm enough to crack slightly when cutting my cake. My only complaint was that it was too firm/dry to stick to the cake. I'll try more milk next time.


171 Ratings

Feb 10, 2006

This recipe was excellent - I added a few semi-sweet chocolate chips to tbe melted butter and sugar mixture while still warm, and it turned out rich, velvety and chocolatey! I kept the icing in the saucepan while spreading it on the cake, so that when it began to set somewhat, I would just warm it up on minimum heat with a bit more milk and I could continue to work with it. A total hit and a keeper of a recipe!

Jan 16, 2004

Outstanding!! I did add 1/2 cup of Chocolate cocolate chips to the butter & brown sugar mixture to make it a little more fudgy. It got raves from my company. I will use it frequently.

Oct 05, 2003

This icing set extremely fast and it was a little difficult to ice a 2-8" round layer cake. It also was more of a maple flavour due the the brown sugar content, but it was very good and I would make it again. Dee

Sep 10, 2006

I covered some brownies with this chocolate icing. Quick and easy; very sugary and sweet. The kids loved it. Next time I will add some chocolate morsels - it lack chocolate flavor. In addition, if you wanted to do more than cover a batch of brownies, you will need to double the recipe.

Oct 05, 2008

You could eat this chocolate right out of the pot ! Will definitely make again- I used 4 tablespoons of milk and poured it over the cake .

Dec 11, 2002

This was a great recipe for icing. It did set up a little fast but if you put it back on the heat for a few seconds, it softens right back up. My dad loved this icing and that is like winning an Oscar. I put it on Carol's Marble Cake (a recipe on this site) and since it was chocolate I thought he wouldn't like it. He loved it. Thanks Chas!


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  • Calories
  • 157 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.2 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 4.8 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 37 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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