The Best Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

The best chocolate buttercream you'll ever taste. This light, fluffy frosting is made with butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a heavy dose of melted chocolate for maximum chocolatey goodness.

I've tried many recipes for chocolate buttercreams over the years, and this will forever be my go-to recipe. A lot of recipes simply add cocoa powder to a vanilla buttercream, and while that does the job, melted chocolate is the ONLY way to go for a rich and delicious chocolate buttercream.

In addition, most buttercreams are way, way too sweet. This chocolate buttercream is just right and adds the perfect amount of sweetness to every cake, cupcake, or cookie. I also have been known to enjoy this buttercream by the spoonful, and I have zero shame over that. When it's that good, it's that good.

This recipe was introduced to me by a cousin and dear friend, Mary, and I've been making it for years. I've shared this recipe with friends and family, and now you! I hope you love and enjoy this recipe as much as we have.

Ingredients For The BEST Chocolate Buttercream

- dark, semisweet, or milk chocolate, melted and cooled

- unsalted butter, softened

- powdered sugar

- vanilla extract

- kosher salt

How to Make Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

  1. In a medium sized glass bowl, melt the chopped chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth and fully melted. Remove from the microwave and let cool almost to room temperature, about 15 minutes - don’t skip this step.(If you don’t have access to a microwave, you can melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over low, simmering water over the stove until smooth and melted.)
  2. In a large mixing bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer), combine the butter with 1 cup of the powdered sugar with a paddle attachment. Beat until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the remaining powdered sugar and beat again. Whip on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until light, smooth, and creamy.
  3. Add the vanilla, salt, and melted, cooled chocolate to the buttercream and mix on high for 2 minutes, scraping sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the chocolate.
  4. Use the buttercream to ice your favorite cupcakes, fill macarons or cookie sandwiches, and in this Bourbon Cherry Vanilla Cupcake with Cherry Bourbon Compote.

Tools for Making Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

a rubber spatula: here's my very favorite one. I have it in many colors, and I've never found a better spatula. Worth. Every. Penny.

glass measuring cups for melting chocolate

favorite stand mixer: Kitchen Aid always 

- favorite glass mixing bowl for Kitchen Aid mixer

- piping bags

- favorite star piping tip 

- the best dark milk chocolate (55%) for the buttercream

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Buttercream Recipes

  • My affinity for simple, yet complex is showcased in this Easy Brown Butter Buttercream. Just five simple ingredients combine to create the most flavorful, warm, toasty, and caramel-y buttercream. It’s simple, elegant, and perfect.

  • As a summer fruit lover, this fresh Blueberry Buttercream is very tasty. It can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries, and it couldn't be any easier to make. To make it, you can use this buttercream recipe, too. It really is so easy, and it really is so delicious.

  • Looking for the basics? This Traditional Vanilla Buttercream is just for you. With just a handful of ingredients and a couple minutes of your time - you can have this beautiful, silky smooth buttercream to enjoy on cake, cupcakes, or cookies. 

  • Who doesn't love peanut butter? This Peanut Butter Italian Buttercream is all I could ever dream of in a perfect buttercream. Salty, sweet, peanut buttery. If you're a fan of peanut butter - you'll love this.

  • A chocolate buttercream that tastes more like a chocolate mousse will always be a winner to me. It's simply a Milk Chocolate French Buttercream. It's a luxurious, fancier alternative to a traditional chocolate buttercream when you are wanting creamy, decadent chocolate flavor.

  • A bit of an adult favorite is this Brandy Italian Buttercream. It's more delicious than one could ever imagine. The slow cooking of the brandy in the sugar syrup brings out so many flavors that I didn't know brandy even had. It's fruity, floral, nutty, and a little dried-fruity. Most of the alcohol cooks out, but there's an option of adding more in towards the end of the whipping process. Choose your fate. But, either way.. it's a tasty one.

  • Looking for something different to add to your next cupcake or cake? This Best Ever Mocha Buttercream is just the recipe for you, then. It’s luxurious and divine. It’s made with melted chocolate chips, instead of cocoa powder, which makes for the best texture and most chocolate flavor possible. It’s so good.
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