This easy chocolate buttercream frosting recipe is the best! It takes just 5 minutes to make and is the perfect amount of rich chocolate flavor.
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We have this silly little thing that we do with the kids where out of the blue we’ll call their name and when they answer, we simply say, “I love you!” Most of the time we just use our normal tone of voice when we do this, but sometimes we’ll call them in the voice that we use when we’re going to ask them to do a chore. Other times, we’ll make our voice sound slightly frustrated as if we are getting ready to scold them for something. Of course this only makes it more fun by adding an additional element of surprise, and it is usually rewarded with laughter from whatever child we’re “loving” on. And do they ever feel smug if they end up figuring out what we’re up to before we say it!
The other evening I was in the kitchen whipping up a batch of this 5 Minute Perfectly Chocolate Buttercream Frosting to put on top of the Best Ever Chocolate Cake that I had baked that morning. I had spent the majority of the day cleaning the house in preparation for guests coming that weekend, and because we’ve been so busy working at completing renovation projects around here, plus doing all the usual daily life things, my cleaning also involved quite a bit of organizing. So, as you can imagine, I was feeling rather exhausted and really just wanted to prop my feet up and get lost in a good book! But the more responsible side of me knew that if I worked ahead and got some of my food prep done then, I’d be so much more relaxed when our guests were here and as a result, I’d be able to enjoy them more too! So I did the adult thing and powered on with food prep.
Anyway, I was in the middle of adding the powdered sugar to my mixing bowl when our 3 year old called out “Moooommmm!” in a whiny voice. Now if there’s one thing that gets to me, it’s whining. And her whiny voice pushed my already weary self over the edge and unfortunately I answered “What!?” in a less than patient voice. She wasn’t deterred though and brightly replied, “Guess what Momma? I love you!!” And then quickly added with a giggle, “Did I trick you?”
Trick me, she had. Not to mention the fact that she also helped give me a good reality check!
I can so quickly get into “work” mode, and while that’s great in that I can crank through my to-do list pretty efficiently, it also can leave me feeling pretty stressed out sometimes. Especially when I get interrupted by one of the children! But the truth is, they’re not interruptions at all. They’re some of the most important things in my life and I never want to lose focus of that! But sometimes it takes a giggling, bright eyed 3 year old to help me remember that!
You all, this easy chocolate buttercream frosting recipe is so good! So good that I have to use all of my restraint to not just eat it out of the bowl when I make it- and I’m not even that big of a fan of frosting typically because it’s so sweet! But this stuff is full of just the right amount of rich chocolate flavor that makes it hard for me to resist it every single time.
The other thing that I love about it? It takes just 5 minutes to make! As much as I enjoy cooking and baking, I just don’t have time for time consuming recipes right now. So easy recipes like this that help me quickly get tasty food on the table are a major win!
Give it a try yourself! I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. It’s way yummier than store bought frosting, plus it’s cheaper and healthier too. And you get to experience the accomplished feeling of knowing that you made it!
Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- 1. Cream butter for about 2 minutes or until nice and fluffy.
- 2. Add cocoa powder and powdered sugar alternately with milk and vanilla. Beat to spreading consistency, adding more milk if needed.
* You can up the amount of cocoa to 2/3 c. if you like a really dark chocolate taste. If you do this, you may also need to add more milk depending on the consistency you need your frosting to be.