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Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting and Fun Monkey Cupcakes

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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!

cupcakes topped with ruffled piles of chocolate frosting

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.

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.

mixer beater full of rich chocolate buttercream.

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!

ruffled pile of chocolate icing

Here is what I had to say about the frosting and cupcakes back in 2016:

My little monkey had a birthday!  He had a monkey lovie that he needed to sleep for the longest time.

He accidentally left it at MiMi and Pops once and it caused dad to make a panicked late night run to track him down.  Then we went through a phase where it even had to go to daycare with him.

We accidentally left him there once too.  Some of the older kids hid him while Little Dude was out of the room and he came home without him.

After some tears, he finally went to sleep.  Ever since, monkey doesn’t leave the living room.  

We don’t want to risk leaving him anywhere, even upstairs apparently!

bowl of chocolate frosting next to cooling rack of banana cupcakes

Between his love of monkey and his penchant for an occasional Curious George video (the man in the yellow hat must be the most patient soul out there, am I right?!

The first time I came home to tomatoes on the wall or 100 dozen donuts it would be the end… ok, maybe not the hundred dozen donuts part! That may be cause for celebration!

I just knew we needed monkey cupcakes.  Of course we didn’t need monkey cupcakes for a pirate party, but I knew they would be just perfect for daycare.  They all know his love of monkey and who doesn’t love cupcakes?

Of course a monkey cupcakes should be full of bananas.  A little chocolate frosting never hurt a thing either.  Little Dude loved them and he said the other kids did too.

He is just the sweetest little guy!  The Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream was such a hit, I wanted to give a chocolate version a try.

mixer bowl filled with chocolate frosting

Not to shabby!  I made mine pretty thick so it would hold on the cookies and hold up to the trip to daycare without me having to worry about them.  

You could certainly thin it a bit by adding another little bit of sweetened condensed milk or a tablespoon of regular milk.

box full of cupcakes decorated like monkeys
Packed up and ready to go see the kids!

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 chocolate frosting and nilla wafers ready to be made into monkey faces

Ingredients For Monkey Cupcakes:

eyes added to cupcakes, starting to look like little monkey faces

Steps for Making Monkey Cupcakes

  1. Frost cupcakes with plenty of chocolate frosting.
  2. Place on large vanilla wafer for the monkey’s face.
  3. Position two minis for ears and a couple of eyes.
  4. Use the frosting to make a smile and a couple of nostrils and voila! your monkey is born!
monkey cupcakes with chocolate frosting, vanilla wafers and candy eyes.

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.

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!

Yield: 24 Servings

Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream

cupcakes with ruffles of chocolate sweetened condensed milk buttercream on top

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 7 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 8-9 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened


  1. Cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and beat on high until fluffy.
  3. Add more powdered sugar or milk as necessary until you reach your desired consistency.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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How do you make chocolate frosting even better? Add sweetened condensed milk!

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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!


Wednesday 25th of May 2016

These are adorable Carlee!! So cute! Thanks for sharing at You Link It, We Make It, we hope to see you back tomorrow. Pinning!


Thursday 26th of May 2016

Thank you! I'm there for sure!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Adorable! I have never made this kind of frosting before, and as with your other chocolate frosting, I just want a spoon to dig in. Curiosity will have me trying this next time I bake a cake!


Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Thank you! I have so much fun playing with frosting, it is so forgiving and so delicious!

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