How to Make Chocolate Icing

I learned how to make chocolate icing and found that this creamy texture really added the final touch to a good homemade cake. You can change most any of the cakes simply by changing the icing. You could use a white chocolate icing, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or even the following cinnamon fudge icing; or change to numerous other icing recipes.

If you are learning how to make chocolate icing, needless to say there is more to a good recipe than what meets the eye. This is not to say that I do not love looking at a luscious chocolate frosted cake but there is much more to the frosting. One thing for sure is that the taste of a cake can completely change just by adding icing.

How to Make Chocolate IcingHow to Make Chocolate Icing

If you are learning how to make chocolate icing, try adding it to a banana cake; this combination is wonderful. Many combinations like this turn a dull ordinary cake into a masterpiece. Aside from appearance and taste, the frosting will seal the moistness inside the cake preserving the flavor and moistness for a longer period of time.

When learning how to make chocolate icing, for a layer cake it can act as a filling to hold the layers together and as the frosting. Simply spread the bottom layer with the mixture and then place a layer on top; repeat the process if making a three layer cake. Then frost the sides and top making swirls or designs in the frosting if desired.

There are many delicious recipes to choose from and I am sure you will develop your favorites. There are some that are boiled icing (or boiled frosting) and many which require no cooking. Some are made creamy by adding heavy creams, butter and even delicious cream cheese and others which are simple glazes. Any of these can be used for your cupcake recipes.


  • ½ Cup cocoa
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons light cream
  • 6 Tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. If needed add a little more cream to obtain spreading consistency.


  • 12 Ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Cups confectionary sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla

Melt chocolate in a double boiler; add butter and melt. Set aside.

Combine sugar, salt and cinnamon.

In a mixing bowl add the sugar mixture to the chocolate mixture.

Add vanilla.

Beat mixture, adding milk to get spreading consistency.


Dissolve 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals in 1 tablespoon hot water in a small bowl. Add ¾ cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Stir in additional powdered sugar or water to reach desired spreading consistency.


  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • 1 Pound powdered sugar (about 3 ½ sifted)
  • 2/3 Cup cocoa powder
  • Few grains salt
  • 4 to 5 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons vanilla

Sift powdered sugar with cocoa powder.

Cream butter adding sugar and cocoa mixture gradually; blend in salt.

Add hot water a little at a time while beating until at a good spreading consistency.

Add vanilla and beat until fluffy.


  • 1 Cup sugar
  • ½ Cup water
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 1 ½ Squares melted chocolate
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ Teaspoon lemon juice

Combine sugar and water in saucepan; stir to mix sugar.

Heat gradually to boiling point; boil without stirring until syrup threads when dropped from tip of spoon.

Beat egg whites until frothy; gradually add syrup in whites while continuing to beat.

Continue beating a gradually add melted chocolate.

Add flavorings and continue beating until desired spreading consistency has been reaches.

The following two frosting recipes may be used as is or may be whipped until they are almost double in volume. Both should be used as quickly as they are made; otherwise they will harden and become impossible to spread. If this should happen the basic thin and thick icing can be reheated to liquefy it. If the frostings have been whipped it must be melted over low heat, chilled and then whipped again.


  • 8 Ounces semi sweet chocolate
  • 1 Cup heavy whipping cream

Combine chocolate and cream in heavy saucepan over medium heat.

Stirring constantly, cook until chocolate melts and comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and cool slightly before spreading; if whipping chill for 1 hour first.


  • 8 Ounces semi sweet chocolate
  • 1 Cup softened butter

Melt chocolate in top of double boiler over hot water until soft.

Remove from heat and stir in butter; cool slightly before pouring over cake.

To whip chill mixture for 1 hour first then whip until double in volume.