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Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

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How do you make chocolate frosting even better? Add sweetened condensed milk! This buttercream is rich, fudgy and full of chocolate goodness.

cupcakes with ruffles of chocolate sweetened condensed milk buttercream on top

This easy and yummy frosting reminds me a lot of the flavor of brownie batter.  It is smooth, rich and creamy. 

It is perfect on cupcakes, spread over a cake or cookies or even sandwiched between two graham crackers. 

This rich fudgy buttercream holds its shape well for piping decorations and tastes like a dream.  You absolutely have to make this chocolate sweetened condensed milk buttercream frosting!

Rich chocolate frosting is always a hit with me.  Especially if the flavor kind of reminds me of brownie batter.

mixer beater full of rich chocolate condensed milk buttercream.

This frosting recipe has it all.  Lots of rich chocolate flavor from heaps of cocoa powder and the smooth rich flavor of sweetened condensed milk.

It is smooth and flavorful.  You will invent reasons to make some once you give it a try!

I originally shared the recipe back in 2016.  I made it to go on some banana cupcakes and decorated them like monkeys.

Ruffled pile of piped chocolate condensed milk frosting.

They were the perfect treat for Little Dude’s birthday.  This time I piped some on top of our favorite white cupcakes.

We took them to family dinner and this frosting was the hit of the show! I put the extra frosting between graham crackers and those were the first things to go.

My cake decorating and fellow sweet tooth cousin said this frosting is “on point.” So I take that as high praise!

Quick Facts About This Frosting

This recipe is perfect for frosting a 9×13″ cake or for spreading over a batch of 24 cupcakes.

If you are frosting a layer cake or like to pipe a towering mound of frosting on cupcakes, you may want to consider making 1 1/2 batches.

mixer bowl filled with chocolate frosting

This frosting pipes really well.  Just adjust the final consistency to your liking with a bit more powdered sugar or sweetened condensed milk as needed.

This frosting also forms a light crust, making it easier to transport cakes and cupcakes as well.

Storing Buttercream

Because of the sugar content, this frosting can be stored at room temperature for up to three days.   If it is going to be longer than that, it should be refrigerated.

I prefer to make my frosting right before I use it.  That way the consistency is true to what it will be when I use it.

Frosted cakes can also be stored at room temperature as long as none of the fillings require refrigeration.  Room temperature cakes generally have the most flavor and best texture.

However if you need to transport the cake, chill it first.  That helps to set the frosting and firm everything up.  

You are less likely to have a cake transportation disaster with a well chilled cake. Just allow the cake to slowly come back up to room temperature before serving.

I can’t wait to hear what you think about this frosting! If you make some, be sure to tell me about it in the comments or on social media!

If you are a frosting fanatic like me, check out my Frosting 101. It goes through the different types of frosting and links to all sorts of delicious recipes!

cupcakes with ruffles of chocolate sweetened condensed milk buttercream on top

Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
How do you make chocolate frosting even better? Add sweetened condensed milk! Come get the recipe and learn how to make these cute monkey cupcakes while you're at it!
4.77 from 59 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • cups powdered sugar
  • 7 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 8-9 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened


  • Cream the butter until smooth.
    ½ cup unsalted butter
  • Add remaining ingredients and beat on high until fluffy.
    3½ cups powdered sugar, 7 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 8-9 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon almond extract, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Add more powdered sugar or milk as necessary until you reach your desired consistency.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 54mgSugar: 20g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Thursday 9th of February 2023

In one of the early pictures of the beater laying in the mixing bowl of frosting, there is an off-colored piece of something laying in the frosting. It looks rather gross, like something fell off your mixer.


Wednesday 31st of May 2023

@Beth, some people see beauty everywhere they look and some people see something gross


Thursday 9th of February 2023

I think you might be seeing a spot where the bowl is showing through the frosting.


Thursday 6th of October 2022

Easy to make, looked exactly like your typical Buttercream Icing, the consistency was perfect, formed together very well, but unfortunately the taste was just okay, I questioned the extract flavor it called for, but decided to try it, well it didn’t fulfill my tastebuds nor my sweet toothed teen, we both agreed that this recipe would’ve been better if I had substituted the almond for vanilla extract instead. I will definitely make this again and also, if I need more milk I’ll use whole milk instead of the condensed milk so that it is not too sweet.


Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Would this hold up under a fondant?


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Yes! You can adjust the final consistency to just the way you like it, but with all the cocoa powder it doesn't go too sweet!


Saturday 12th of September 2020

This is such a cute story and I love these cupcakes! Can't wait to try the buttercream with the condensed milk. You and little dude are adorbs.


Monday 14th of September 2020

Thank you so much, Karen!

A Kansas Farm Mom

Wednesday 8th of June 2016

Those are so cute and that buttercream frosting sounds amazing!Thanks for sharing on the Country Fair Blog Party this month.


Wednesday 8th of June 2016

Thank you! We had the best time celebrating the little guys birthday this year!