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Best Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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Silky smooth and super chocolaty, this fudge frosting is perfect for piping out designs on cakes and cupcakes. Of course is spreads like a dream too, make a batch and see for yourself!

fudge frosting rosette piped on top of cupcake.

This super fudgy frosting that is perfect for piping and is ready to decorate your layer cakes, cupcakes and cookies. This chocolate frosting recipe makes a luscious chocolate frosting that has a bit of sheen and is silky smooth. It’s easy to make and delicious to eat too!

This is my new favorite chocolate frosting! I have shared a few over the years. Chocolate buttercream and chocolate sweetened condensed milk frosting are both fabulous.

Then there’s the fudgy sweetened condensed milk icing that is super delicious but is more for spreading and dipping and not good for pipping decorations. It’s made from just a few simple ingredients: melted chocolate, condensed milk and butter.

This frosting combines the best of both worlds. It has a full cup of cocoa in it for a rich chocolate flavor.

cocoa powder, sugar and butter in mixer bowl ready to be made into frosting.

If you choose to make it with coffee, the flavor is even more intense. Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like coffee. I just gives great depth of flavor to the chocolate.

Either way, it is silky smooth and a dream to decorate with.  It also spreads fabulously smooth.

One batch makes enough to generously frost 24 cupcakes, possibly 36 if you don’t pile it high.  It is also plenty to fill, cover and decorate your favorite cake.

mixer bowl filled with fudgy frosting.

Cupcake Ideas

We used ours to top some devilishly good chocolate cupcakes. We decorated some like footballs, did some with swirls and Little Dude and I decorated some like turkeys Thanksgiving as well.

Or use it to make some monkey themed cupcakes. We used them as LD’s daycare birthday cake one year.

We also have a fun Christmas theme cupcake with fudge frosting coming soon! (Check out the Rudolph cupcakes here)

We are definitely getting in the holiday spirit and the more fudge the better!

looking down on chocolate frosting rosette.

More favorite dessert recipes:

Shiny fudge frosting is made in a double boiler. It includes sour cream, heavy cream and plenty of chocolate. There’s no icing sugar, but it comes out smooth and with a bit of a shine.

Of course you can make one of my favorite cake recipes for this frosting. It would be perfect on homemade butter cake, my mom’s favorite birthday cake.

My favorite chocolate cake recipe is devilishly good chocolate cake. It is super soft, moist and so easy to make.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store leftover frosting?

If you have extra frosting, put it in an airtight container and store it at room temperature for a couple of days. For longer storage, refrigerate it for up to a week or freeze for up to a month.

What is the best way to get smooth perfect frostings?

Using room temperature butter is a great start. Cold butter is hard to get perfectly silky. The hot water in this recipe helps to get a nice smooth frosting. But with most frosting recipes, the key is getting enough air to get it fluffy but not so much air that there are big bubbles. Using a paddle attachment on your stand mixer is best, but you a hand mixer will also work.

cupcake decorated with frosting to look like football.

Tips and tricks:

  • If you are in a hurry (or your kitchen is warm from baking) you can speed up getting pipable frosting by putting it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. Stir it every 5 minutes or so until you have the right consistency.
  • This frosting spreads great and pipes like a dream.
  • As the frosting sits, it does form a light crust. That makes transportation and storage easier!
  • The extra is fabulous between two Graham crackers.
  • If you want a dark chocolate fudge frosting, use special dark cocoa powder or dutch processed cocoa powder.

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

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

fudge frosting rosette piped on top of cupcake.

Silky smooth and super chocolaty, this fudge frosting is perfect for piping out designs on cakes and cupcakes. Of course is spreads like a dream too, make a batch and see for yourself!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup hot coffee (or hot water)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 pound bag powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional: 1 teaspoon coffee extract


  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer).
  2. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds to combine and then on medium for 5 minutes. The mixture should be completely smooth.
  3. Allow to sit until completely cooled to room temperature. To speed up the process, you can put the bowl in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  4. Beat again until light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe or spread on completely cooled cake.
  6. Extras can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container. Just allow to come to room temperature and rewhip before using.


If you use unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to the frosting.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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

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Silky smooth and super chocolaty, this fudge frosting is perfect for piping out designs on cakes and cupcakes. Of course is spreads like a dream too, make a batch and see for yourself!

Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 12th of February 2019

I can't help it, frosting just calls to me!


Friday 23rd of November 2018

Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 18th of November 2018

You had me at fudge! I really didn't plan on baking tomorrow but, now I am feeling like I should!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 2nd of March 2020

This made it on the birthday cake today. So so good! Seriously in love with this frosting!


Monday 2nd of March 2020

YAY! I am so glad you guys like it!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 1st of March 2020

I made this today for husbands birthday cake. Oh my... perfection!!


Friday 23rd of November 2018

You definitely should!


Thursday 15th of November 2018

Mmmm! That sure does look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. I really appreciate you coming by each week. ;-D Have a great week!


Friday 23rd of November 2018

Thank you!


Wednesday 14th of November 2018

And speaking of frosting this sounds like the perfect fudge frosting!


Friday 23rd of November 2018

It really is, thanks!

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