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Shiny fudge frosting is so easy to make and sooooo delicious! It has a great gloss and perfect soft texture. No mixer needed, just a saucepan, a whisk and a knife for spreading.

devilishly good chocolate cake with shiny fudge frosting and sprinkles, one slice missing.

This glossy fudgy chocolate frosting is the perfect wrapper for a cake. It spreads so smoothly and it packs a big flavor punch.  You are going to love this vintage recipe for deliciously shiny fudge frosting!

I knew for Little Dude’s birthday I wanted to make a rich and dark chocolate cake.  I wanted that cake to be enveloped in a rich and fudgy frosting.

This combination of devilishly good chocolate cake and fudge frosting was the perfect thing!  It is so chocolaty, the flavor is deep and delicious.

butter and cocoa mixture in saucepan and measuring cup with cream and sour cream mix.

This is another one of my now infamous cooked frostings.  But, it comes together much differently than the whipped cream cheese frosting and whipped cream frosting I have been droning on about.

It is done completely in the saucepan.  Then it is allowed to cool to room temperature slowly and is the perfect consistency for smoothing over a cake.   

You can tell how rich and wonderful it is just by looking at it!

Warm shiny fudge frosting in old fashioned enamel saucepan with whisk.

At first it may not seem like it is going to work.  It is relatively thin when it is warm.  Delicious and fudgy, but thin.

A couple of hours later it becomes the perfect spreading consistency.  In fact, it spreads so easily.

I generally make this frosting to go with homemade chocolate cake.  It almost melts between the layers to make it one continuous and extra moist cake.  Just look at that slice of cake below!

The sour cream and cream give this frosting great body.  It stays silky and delicious with a great soft texture.

cake frosted with smooth glossy chocolate frosting.

The deep cocoa flavor helps give tons of flavor and cuts the sweetness nicely.  The sheen makes the cake extra enticing.

With all of the cakes and frosting recipes on the site, I don’t have a chance to many of them too many times after I’ve posted them.  This frosting and the devilishly good is by far the cake and frosting combo I make the most.

Lifting a slice of layered chocolate wacky cake out of the cake showing layer of fudge frosting between the layers and on the outside of the cake.

Whenever I am at a loss as to what to make, this is what I make.  Every time it gets rave reviews and I am always so pleasantly surprised at how easily it comes together.

Then it makes a shiny, fudgy, delicious, happy, wonderfully amazing chocolate robe for your cake.  I mean yummmmmm!  You definitely have to give this a try!

Is there a difference between frosting and icing?

The terms frosting and icing are used somewhat interchangeably. However, frosting is generally thicker and is spread over a dessert. Icing is thinner and can be poured over a dessert to make a smooth layer before it sets up.

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!

devilishly good chocolate cake with shiny fudge frosting and sprinkles, one slice missing.

Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
Shiny fudge frosting is so easy to make and sooooo delicious! It has a great gloss and perfect soft texture. No mixer needed, just a saucepan, a whisk and a knife for spreading.
4.71 from 34 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • ½ cup butter
  • cups granulated sugar
  • cups cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups heavy whipping cream do not substitute
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
    ½ cup butter
  • Stir in sugar, cocoa and salt.
    1½ cups granulated sugar, 1¼ cups cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon salt
  • In a separate bowl, stir together cream, sour cream and instant coffee until smooth.
    1¼ cups heavy whipping cream, ¼ cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • Continuing to heat over medium-low heat, slowly add the cream mixture to the cocoa mixture. Stir until each addition is incorporated, then add more until the cream mixture is gone.
  • Keep heating for another 5-6 minutes, being careful not to bring the mixture to a boil
  • Remove icing from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least a couple of hours or until spreading consistency.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Once the frosting is thick enough to stay in place, spread on cooled cake.


You can hasten the cooling process by putting the frosting in the refrigerator. If it becomes too thick to spread, warm up in the microwave 10 seconds at a time. Stir after each 10 second interval and continue until you reach the desired consistency.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 79mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13g

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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Saturday 10th of June 2023

How much frosting does one recipe make?


Saturday 10th of June 2023

I haven't measured it in cups, but it's the perfect amount to frost a 2 layer 9" cake.


Thursday 27th of January 2022

Does this store well in the fridge overnight if I need to make it a day ahead


Thursday 27th of January 2022

It should store well, but I would definitely bring it to room temperature or even microwave it for a few seconds before using it.


Wednesday 12th of January 2022



Wednesday 12th of January 2022


Nil Pelit

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Do u use it between the cake layers too?


Thursday 28th of February 2019

I do! It is sooooo good!


Saturday 6th of January 2018

Can this be used to top bundt cakes and if so how?


Thursday 11th of January 2018

You could use it on a bundt cake. It would be more of a frosting than a glaze, but it should work!