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Chocolate Buttercream

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  • Prep Time: 0 hours
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  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Sweet


  • 1½ cups (339 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (50 g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 45 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup (120 ml) heavy cream, whipping cream or whole milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Beat the butter and cocoa powder with an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl at high speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add half of the amount of sugar and mix on high for about 2-3 minutes. Then, add the remaining sugar and mix on high speed for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add heavy cream (for creamy buttercream) or milk (less creamy) and mix again on high speed for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and mix again at high speed for 1-2 minutes. Add another tbsp of heavy cream or milk if the buttercream is too thick and beat again until smooth. If it’s too thin, you can add more powdered sugar.