Amazing Kittencal Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Amazing Kittencal Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate and buttercream: two things that go together perfectly. The rich and creamy taste of buttercream along with the irresistible taste of chocolate come together to make the perfect frosting. This Kittencal cocoa buttercream frosting is so delicious it will have you licking the bowl clean.

This chocolate buttercream pairs well with many different desserts, including white cake, chocolate cake, brownies, and cookies. Not only will you love how this buttercream tastes, but you will also love how easy it is to make, as it requires no prior baking experience.

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Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: Using Cocoa Powder in Baking

Cocoa powder is made by pressing chocolate liquor, removing three-quarters of its cocoa butter. The remainder of the cocoa solids is then processed, making fine unsweetened cocoa powder.

Unsweetened cocoa powder comes in two types: Dutch-processed and natural. Dutch-processed, also known as alkalized, is treated with alkali to neutralize. Dutch-processed cocoa powder is used in recipes that call for baking powder or other acidic ingredients because it is neutral and does not react with baking soda.

Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: Using Cocoa Powder in Baking

Natural unsweetened cocoa powder has a bitter taste by itself but gives desserts a deep chocolate flavor. When used with baking soda it acts as a leavening agent. It is often used in cookies, brownies, and cakes.

Adding cocoa powder to frosting gives it a rich chocolate taste. Adding cocoa powder to frosting allows you to control how strong the chocolate flavor is in your frosting.

Though unsweetened cocoa powder provides a delicious chocolate flavor when added into desserts, it does not taste so wonderful on its own. Unsweetened cocoa powder has a bitter taste when eaten by itself.

Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: Benefits of Cocoa Powder

Not only does cocoa powder taste delicious when added to desserts, but it also has several health benefits on its own. Cocoa powder includes polyphenols, which are naturally occurring antioxidants. Polyphenols provide many health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol and improving blood sugar levels.

Cocoa powder also includes nutrients that help improve your mood. It is also believed that cocoa butter can help decrease your chances of cancer.

Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: Benefits of Cocoa Powder

Some of the ways you can benefit from cocoa powder include eating dark chocolate, drinking hot cocoa, adding it to rice pudding, and sprinkling it on top of the fruit. Though frosting is not the healthiest way to consume cocoa powder, it will certainly make you happy based on how good it tastes.

What You Need to Make This Recipe

Ingredients

To make this delicious chocolate buttercream frosting recipe by Kittencal, you will need:

  • ½ cup of butter softened
  • 2 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream (can use unwhipped whipping cream in place of half and half) or 1/3 cup milk (can use unwhipped whipping cream in place of half and half)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

One of the following:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (for light)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted (for medium)
  •  ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted (for dark rich)

Equipment

To prepare this frosting, you will need:

Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Cream the Butter

In a small bowl, cream the butter.

Step Two: Blend the Ingredients

Blend in the cocoa powder (the amount desired for a light, medium or dark flavor), vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar. Alternate blending the other ingredients with the cream.

Step Three: Beat the Mixture

With an electric mixer, beat the frosting until desired consistency is achieved. Depending on how much cocoa powder you add, you may need to add more cream to reach your desired texture.

Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: Step by Step Instructions

This rich chocolate frosting is a favorite recipe among many sweet tooth lovers. It pairs perfectly with chocolate or white cakes. Kittencal has garnished a large following, thanks to its many delicious recipes.

Tips and Tricks

When making this recipe, it is important to sift the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder. Both confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder absorb moisture from the air which creates lumps. By sifting, you are eliminating these lumps and adding air, making it fluffier.

The best way to sift confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder is by using a mesh strainer. The mesh strainer is fine enough that it will catch all lumps and smoothly let the cocoa powder and confectioners’ sugar pass through. If you don’t have a mesh strainer, a flour sifter will work just as well.

It is also important to make sure that your butter has softened before adding it to the frosting. Butter that is still cold may cause stiff frosting and may cause the frosting to curdle, giving it the wrong texture.

Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: Step by Step Instructions Tips and Tricks

You should allow butter to sit out at room temperature for around 30 minutes to let it fully soften. If you forgot to let your butter sit out to soften, you may use the microwave to soften it. Start with 20-second intervals at 10% power for half a stick of butter, checking and rotating the butter if it needs more time.

This frosting can be stored at room temperature for up to three days in an airtight container. It can also be stored in the fridge for up to one week and in the freezer for up to six months.

If you stored it in the fridge or freezer, allow it to reach room temperature before serving. You will probably need to whip it before using it, as it will have likely separated.

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Amazing Kittencal Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate and buttercream: two things that go together perfectly. The rich and creamy taste of buttercream along with the irresistible taste of chocolate come together to make the perfect frosting. This Kittencal chocolate buttercream frosting is so delicious it will have you licking the bowl clean.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amazing Kittencal Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Servings: 24
Author: cakedecorist.com

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup of butter softened
  • 2 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream can use unwhipped whipping cream in place of half and half or 1/3 cup milk (can use unwhipped whipping cream in place of half and half)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

One of the following:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted (for light)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted for medium
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted for dark rich

Instructions

  • Step One: Cream the Butter
  • In a small bowl, cream the butter.
  • Step Two: Blend the Ingredients
  • Blend in the cocoa powder (the amount desired for a light, medium or dark flavor), vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar. Alternate blending the other ingredients with the cream.
  • Step Three: Beat the Mixture
  • With an electric mixer, beat the frosting until desired consistency is achieved. Depending on how much cocoa powder you add, you may need to add more cream to reach your desired texture.
  • This rich chocolate frosting is a favorite recipe among many sweet tooth lovers. It pairs perfectly with chocolate or white cakes. Kittencal has garnished a large following, thanks to its many delicious recipes.

Notes

  • When making this recipe, it is important to sift the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder. Both confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder absorb moisture from the air which creates lumps. By sifting, you are eliminating these lumps and adding air, making it fluffier.
  • The best way to sift confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder is using a mesh strainer. The mesh strainer is fine enough that it will catch all lumps and smoothly let the cocoa powder and confectioners’ sugar pass through. If you don’t have a mesh strainer, a flour sifter will work just as well.
  • It is also important to make sure that your butter has softened before adding it to the frosting. Butter that is still cold may cause stiff frosting and may cause the frosting to curdle, giving it the wrong texture.
  • You should allow butter to sit out at room temperature for around 30 minutes to let it fully soften. If you forgot to let your butter sit out to soften, you may use the microwave to soften it. Start with 20-second intervals at 10% power for half a stick of butter, checking and rotating the butter if it needs more time.
  • This frosting can be stored at room temperature for up to three days in an airtight container. It can also be stored in the fridge for up to one week and in the freezer for up to six months.
  • If you stored it in the fridge or freezer, allow it to reach room temperature before serving. You will probably need to whip it before using it, as it will have likely separated.
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An Amazing Chocolate Buttercream

This chocolate buttercream is sure to be a favorite with your friends and family. It is simple to make and will fulfill your chocolate cravings.

An Amazing Chocolate Buttercream

This chocolate buttercream frosting is the perfect addition to any of your desserts. It is certainly a recipe you’ll want to add to your cookbook.  If you tried this frosting, please share your experience making it.

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