Sensational Dark Chocolate Frosting

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Dreamy, decadent and delicious, this dark chocolate frosting will have your mouth watering thanks to its creamy texture and chocolate flavor. Ideal for cakes, brownies, cookies or any dessert you have in mind, this frosting is exceptional.  Any chocolate lover will agree it’s the perfect topping for desserts.

Not only is this frosting sensational, but it is also easy to make. You don’t need any prior baking experience, as this recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and steps. In no time you’ll have a delicious dark chocolate buttercream frosting that your friends and family will be raving about.

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What Makes Dark Chocolate So Special?

Not only does dark chocolate taste amazing, but it also has health benefits. Yes, you read that right, dark chocolate can help improve your health. It is packed full of amazing nutrients that can have a positive impact on your health.

Full of antioxidants, it can help boost your well being. Scientists believe that it can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow while lowering your risk of diabetes. It’s even thought that it can help prevent heart disease and lower one’s risk for a stroke.

There’s a reason you always feel happy after eating dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has also shown to improve your brain function. Scientists have found that it can improve cognition, prevent memory loss and even help prevent stress.

Dark Chocolate Frosting

In addition to all its other powers, it may also improve cholesterol, help your skin glow, benefit your gut and even help prevent cancer. It gets its powers from the seed of a cocoa tree. Though it may have all these wonderful health benefits, dark chocolate should still be eaten in moderation.

It’s also important to remember that dark chocolate packed full of sugar isn’t considered to be healthy. Bars of dark chocolate that contain 70-85% provides the most health benefits. So, unfortunately, this frosting wouldn’t be considered healthy, but it is still delicious.

What You Need to Prepare this Recipe

Ingredients

To make this dreamy dark chocolate frosting recipe from Hershey’s, you will need:

Equipment

To prepare this recipe, you will need a:

Step By Step Instructions

Step One: Melt the Butter

On medium heat, melt the butter in a saucepan. Alternatively, melt it in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals until fully melted.

Step Two: Add the Cocoa

Transfer the melted butter to a large bowl and add the dark cocoa powder. Use the whisk to thoroughly combine the two.

Step Three: Add Milk and Powdered Sugar

Alternate adding a small amount of milk and powdered sugar into the mix at a time. Beat between every addition and continuing beating until it is smooth. You may use a whisk or electric mixer on medium speed.

Step Four: Add Vanilla and Additional Milk if Needed

If needed, add in additional milk to achieve a smoother, creamier consistency. Add in one teaspoon at a time until you reach the proper consistency. Stir in the vanilla until it is completely combined.

Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is thoroughly mixed. The frosting should be free of any lumps. If there are stills lumps, beat it for another 1-2 minutes.

Rich and creamy, this is the perfect dark chocolate frosting. Add it to white, yellow, chocolate or marble cake to make the most mouth-watering dessert. It even tastes amazing on brownies and cookies.

You simply can’t go wrong with this decadent frosting. Chocolate lovers will rave about how wonderful this frosting is. You’ll be tempted to eat it straight out of the bowl because it is so good.

Tips and Tricks

When choosing a cocoa powder, you will want to get 100% unsweetened cocoa powder. Look for one that is labeled special dark or dutch process. This will give you the right balance of dark chocolate flavor in your frosting for a perfectly rich and sweet frosting.

Though cocoa powder won’t taste good on its own, it will taste amazing when added into the frosting. On its own, it will taste bitter, as it has no added sweetness. Once combined with the frosting, the sugar and butter will bring out the wonderful chocolate flavor we all love.

Dark Chocolate Frosting - Tips and Tricks

If your frosting appears too runny, then add more powdered sugar thicken it. If your frosting is too thick, then add more milk. Start off adding one teaspoon at a time of powdered sugar or milk until it reaches the proper consistency.

Instead of milk, you can use heavy whipping cream. Using heavy whipping cream in replacement of milk can give your frosting a creamier, richer flavor. It can be substituted in equal portions if you desire to use heavy whipping cream instead of milk.

This frosting can be stored covered at room temperature for up to two to three days. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in an airtight container. It can be frozen for up to six months in the freezer.

If you do freeze it, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You will likely have to re-whip the frosting, as it is likely to have separated.

It is best to let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to reach room temperature. Once it has reached room temperature, then you can re-whip. If you re-whip it while it is still cold, it may cause curdling.

Sensational Dark Chocolate Frosting

Dreamy, decadent and delicious, this dark chocolate frosting will have your mouth watering thanks to its creamy texture and chocolate flavor. Ideal for cakes, brownies, cookies or any dessert you have in mind, this frosting is exceptional. Any chocolate lover will agree it’s the perfect topping for desserts.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Sensational Dark Chocolate Frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Electric mixer (optional)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 stick
  • 2/3 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • On medium heat, melt the butter in a saucepan. Alternatively, melt it in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals until fully melted.
  • Transfer the melted butter to a large bowl and add the dark cocoa powder. Use the whisk to thoroughly combine the two.
  • Alternate adding a small amount of milk and powdered sugar into the mix at a time. Beat between every addition and continuing beating until it is smooth. You may use a whisk or electric mixer on medium speed.
  • If needed, add in additional milk to achieve a smoother, creamier consistency. Add in one teaspoon at a time until you reach the proper consistency. Stir in the vanilla until it is completely combined.
  • Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is thoroughly mixed. The frosting should be free of any lumps. If there are stills lumps, beat it for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Rich and creamy, this is the perfect dark chocolate frosting. Add it to white, yellow, chocolate or marble cake to make the most mouth-watering dessert. It even tastes amazing on brownies and cookies.
  • You simply can't go wrong with this decadent frosting. Chocolate lovers will rave about how wonderful this frosting is. You'll be tempted to eat it straight out of the bowl because it is so good.

Notes

  • When choosing a cocoa powder, you will want to get 100% unsweetened cocoa powder. Look for one that is labeled Special dark or Dutch-process. This will give you the right balance of dark chocolate flavor in your frosting for a perfectly rich and sweet frosting.
  • Though cocoa powder won't taste good on its own, it will taste amazing when added into the frosting. On its own, it will taste bitter, as it has no added sweetness. Once combined with the frosting, the sugar and butter will bring out the wonderful chocolate flavor we all love.
  • If your frosting appears too runny, then add more powdered sugar thicken it. If your frosting is too thick, then add more milk. Start off adding one teaspoon at a time of powdered sugar or milk until it reaches the proper consistency.
  • Instead of milk, you can use heavy whipping cream. Using heavy whipping cream in replacement of milk can give your frosting a creamier, richer flavor. It can be substituted in equal portions if you desire to use heavy whipping cream instead of milk.
  • This frosting can be stored covered at room temperature for up to two to three days. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in an airtight container. It can be frozen for up to six months in the freezer.
  • If you do freeze it, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You will likely have to re-whip the frosting, as it is likely to have separated.
  • It is best to let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to reach room temperature. Once it has reached room temperature, then you can re-whip. If you re-whip it while it is still cold, it may cause curdling.

Decadent and Delicious

It’s hard to beat the taste of rich, creamy dark chocolate buttercream. Whether you put it on cake, cookies or brownies, you will have an absolutely amazing dessert.

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No matter the occasion, this is a wonderful frosting recipe. For dark chocolate lovers, it is hard to resist eating it straight from the bowl. Not only is it easy to make, but it is even easier to eat.

Your friends and family are sure to appreciate this chocolate treat. If you tried this dark chocolate frosting, please share your experience making it.

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