This was the recipe that came out tasting most like what my husband's grandmother's creates! :) I agree with previous posts that this icing is wayyyyy too sweet, though. Next time I would try just TWO cups of confectioners sugar to start, mix with the softened butter until smooth, then add the cocoa and milk. You do have to fiddle around a bit - not only get the taste you want, but also the consistency. All that sugar made mine way too dry with just one teaspoon of milk added, so I had to counter with more milk. To lessen the sweetness I countered with more butter & not too much additional cocoa because it was chocolate-y enough. Now I have a lifetime's supply of chocolate buttercream icing, haha. So, yeah, I would definitely recommend starting this recipe with less sugar and slowly building up from there. :)
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This was the recipe that came out tasting most like what my husband's grandmother's creates!...