This turned out just like I wanted it to. I, like many other reviewers, used half shortening and half butter. I also added unsweetened cocoa as I was adding the confectioners sugar to create a chocolate flavor - I probably ended up adding about 6 heaping spoonfuls. I didn't wait to add the heavy cream after all the sugar was added. I alternated between about a cup of sugar (which I only added about a third of a cup at a time), and then added some heavy cream, and so on, until I achieved the consistency, sweetness, and chocolate flavor I was trying for. I ended up using almost all of the cup of heavy cream. I felt like this gave me more control over the finished product. I chilled it down for about 45 minutes before I put I put it into a pastry bag and piped it onto some cupcakes I made using the "Black Magic Cake" recipe from this site. I must say that even the cake batter for those smelled good before they even went into the oven! The Frosting held it's shape very well using a star tip. I added some sprinkles to a few of them, and they held really well in the frosting. I can't wait to try them later...
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This turned out just like I wanted it to. I, like many other reviewers, used half shortening...