Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

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When we have a birthday party here at our house, we make cupcakes! One of my favorite ways to top a homemade cupcake is with homemade chocolate buttercream icing!

This is the most perfect chocolate buttercream frosting you will ever devour. It is amazing on a cupcake for any birthday. You will not believe how easy it is to make.

A few years ago my mother-in-law gave me a copy of The Cupcake Doctor, a cookbook with endless cupcake recipes and super fun ideas. This recipe comes straight from that cookbook.


You will need:

First cream your butter. I like to use a large stand alone mixer, but you can use a hand mixer.
Then, add the cocoa and chocolate syrup. Continue mixing.
Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add the milk and vanilla. Continue mixing until well blended.
Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes and top with confetti or desired decorations.
This icing is perfect for cakes and cupcakes that you’re making for birthday parties, baby showers, parties, etc.
I generally work the day before one of our kid’s birthday parities, and make the cake or cupcakes. I always start with making the icing first and pop it in the fridge until I am ready to use it.
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Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

Yield: 12-24

This chocolate buttercream icing is decadent and delicious for cupcakes and cakes.


  • 8 T butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c chocolate syrup
  • 3 c powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 t vanilla


  1. Cream the butter in a bowl and add the powdered cocoa and chocolate syrup.
  2. While continuing to mix add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  3. Slowly add the milk and vanilla.
  4. Once combined pipe into bags and top cupcakes.


  1. this sounds so delicious! I never would ahve thought of using chocolate syrup. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I've been looking for a chocolate buttercream recipe. Thanks so much for posting.

  3. I have eaten this frosting and it is amazing!!

  4. Those look so yummy!!

  5. Delish! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  6. Kristen @ says:

    these cupcakes look amazing!! If you ever have a chance I'd love for you to link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings.

    oh & p.s come enter my giveaway for an inspirational dog print 🙂

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Looks delish! That is my favorite kind of cupcake…yellow cake with chocolate frosting! I just need and occasion to make them now! Would love for you to come and visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday!

  8. I love chocolate and these look quite delicious!

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  9. I think that is the first frosting I have seen that uses chocolate syrup. I imagine it makes it extra chocolatey and rich.

  10. Tiffany @ Eat at Home says:

    Mmmm, chocolate syrup! Your cupcakes are so pretty too.

  11. This recipe looks really good! It would be great if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared some of your recipes.
    I hope to see you there!

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  13. Crystal, will this also work with Swerve conf. Sugar. We are diabetics?

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