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Shiny Fudge Frosting

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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!

shiny fudge frosting in old fashioned enamel saucepan

     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 my Devilishly Good 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 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 slice of chocolate layer cake out of the whole cake to serve

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!

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!

Yield: 24 Servings

Shiny Fudge Frosting

soft chocolate layer cake covered in shiny chocolate icing and topped with sprinkles

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.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (do not substitute)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir in sugar, cocoa and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together cream, sour cream and instant coffee until smooth.
  4. 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.
  5. Keep heating for another 5-6 minutes, being careful not to bring the mixture to a boil
  6. 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.

Notes

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.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

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

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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!
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.

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Nil Pelit

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Do u use it between the cake layers too?

Carlee

Thursday 28th of February 2019

I do! It is sooooo good!

Unknown

Saturday 6th of January 2018

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

Carlee

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!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

Yummy Frosting! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

Carlee

Wednesday 8th of March 2017

Thank you!

Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

Oh my gosh this looks so delish, Carlee! My Dad's birthday is coming up and I'm trying to decide what to make...I've been trying to perfect my German Chocolate cake but now you have me 2nd guessing!!! Darn it Carlee!! If this is anything as good as your white chocolate buttercream....

Carlee

Wednesday 8th of March 2017

German Chocolate sounds good too, but this should definitely be a contender! It is definitely darker and more devilish, but oh so good!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 4th of March 2017

I just had to flip over to pinterest to see if you had a board for frostings. You do! I need to start one today to keep all these in one place for myself :)

Carlee

Monday 6th of March 2017

Of course I do!!! That is the best part! You definitely need one!