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Silky Smooth Fudge Frosting {Perfect for Piping!}

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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!

glossy fudge frosting rosette on cupcake

       Super fudgy frosting that is perfectly pipable and ready to decorate your cakes, cupcakes and cookies. This 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.

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

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 a layer cake.

mixer bowl filled with fudgy frosting.

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

     I’ll share those with you soon. They are cute as can be! We also have a fun Christmas theme cupcake with fudge frosting coming soon!

looking down on chocolate frosting rosette.

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

More favorite frosting recipes:

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 darker fudge frosting, use special dark cocoa powder or dutch processed cocoa powder.
cupcake decorated with frosting to look like football.

Cupcake decoration ideas:

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

Silky Smooth Fudge Frosting {Perfect for Piping!}

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl (or bowl of an electric mixer).
  2. Beat on low 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.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

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!

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unwrapped devilishly good chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting piped on top.
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Family Around the Table

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

The frosting queen strikes again! So rich and fudgy! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate365!

Carlee

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

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

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!

Carlee

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!!

Carlee

Friday 23rd of November 2018

You definitely should!

Anonymous

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!

Carlee

Friday 23rd of November 2018

Thank you!

Amy

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

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

Carlee

Friday 23rd of November 2018

It really is, thanks!

Debbie

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Hi Carlee, coffee does intensify the taste of chocolate in a nice way, I always add a sprinkle to cocoa powder when baking chocolate stuff. It does sound like the perfect topping for your cupcake recipe!

xx

Carlee

Friday 23rd of November 2018

It does really make the chocolate come through without making it taste like coffee. Thank you!

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