How to Make Chocolate Frosting

Nothing is more exciting than learning how to make chocolate frosting and spreading it on a delicious chocolate cake recipe, but it doesn't have to be chocolate cake it can be any kind or even cookies.

A plain white or yellow cake recipe becomes very special when you learn how to make chocolate frosting. Have you ever tried chocolate on banana cake? Chocolate on spice cake? Chocolate on caramel cake? Let me tell you, these are all fantastic blends of flavor. 

When you learn how to make a chocolate frosting recipe you will see it has many different variation; anything from a glaze to thick and creamy. Much of this is determined by how you are going to use it. For instance, do you want to use it as a thick frosting for a layer cake or maybe you just want a glaze for a bundt cake. The ingredients you want in it and how much of the ingredients will be determined by what type of baked goods you are using it on. The type of chocolate that you choose to use plays an important part of what the recipe will taste like, whether it be milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate or cocoa powder.


You just cannot get a creamier icing than one with cream cheese. If creamy frostings are refrigerated, they become they become too firm to spread easily; let them stand at room temperature until ready to spread.

  • 3 Ounces soft cream cheese
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • 3 Cups sifted confectionary sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Ounces melted unsweetened chocolate

Beat the cream cheese with the milk.

Add the melted chocolate and vanilla.

Gradually add the sugar, beating until smooth.

Spread on cake.


Some recipes are cooked; a little more time consuming but well worth the effort.

  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Boil sugar, corn syrup, milk and cocoa on medium heat to a soft ball stage.
Do not stir while boiling.
Remove from heat and add butter.
Cool and beat well to obtain a smooth texture.
Spread over cooled cake.

Mint Frosting

This first recipe is a delicious combination of chocolate and mint; it demonstrates a great way to use a thin chocolate glaze. This combination is a wonderful surrounding to a moist chocolate cake.

  • 16 Ounce package powdered sugar
  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon mint extract
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons milk, divided

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

  • 2 Ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Combine frosting ingredients and beat in a large mixing bowl 1/3 of sugar, butter, mint and salt.

Gradually add milk and remaining sugar while beating to spreading consistency.

In double boiler melt chocolate and 2 tablespoons butter.

Completely frost cake with mint frosting; drizzle melted chocolate glaze over frosting.

NOTE: If you want to contain glaze to top of cake, pipe some of frosting around edges of top.


  • ¼ Cup butter
  • ¼ Cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • ¾ Cup semi sweet chocolate pieces

Combine butter, corn syrup and water in a small saucepan.

Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture boils.

Remove from heat and stir in chocolate pieces until melted; cool to room temperature.


How to Make Chocolate Frosting like this Bourbon Fudge Frosting RecipeHow to Make Chocolate Frosting like this Bourbon Fudge Frosting Recipe

Another great combination is chocolate with bourbon; try this on a fudge cake. If you are a chocoholic, you will love this!

  • ½ Cup butter
  • 2 Ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 Egg at room temperature
  • 3 Cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 Cup finely chopped nuts

Combine butter and chocolate and melt over low heat; stir to blend and cool slightly.

Beat egg and 1 cup sugar in mixing bowl; gradually beat in chocolate mixture.

Stir in vanilla, lemon juice and bourbon; gradually beat in remaining sugar until spreading consistency.

Stir in nuts.