Chocolate Fudge Frosting

I’ve been trying to recreate the recipe my mother used on all her chocolate cakes.   It was a rich, thick chocolate fudge frosting that firmed up just a bit after it had a chance to set up on the cake.  I remember she used melted chocolate and powdered sugar, but I never wrote down the measurements.


This recipe comes pretty close.  It’s thick, creamy and full of chocolate flavor.




Chocolate Fudge Frosting
Makes enough to frost 12 cupcakes

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
4 1oz squares baking chocolate
1 lb sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup whipping cream

  1. Sift sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment.
  2.  In a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate together. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly pour the chocolate into the powdered sugar. The frosting will be very thick and hard to mix.
  4. Add the whipping cream and beat until smooth. You may not need all the whipping cream, so add it slowly.
  5. As the frosting cools it will thicken.



  1. Michelle

    This looks perfect.. can’t wait to try it!


  2. Brooke B.

    This looks fantastic! I will be giving it a try this weekend for a cake I’m making& I’ll let you know how it works out! Thanks for sharing. (:


    1. Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake

      Yummmm :) I can’t wait to see how your cake turns out! xoxo


  3. Patty

    I tried this frosting and it was easy and so good. Better than any I have tried so far. I used bittersweet choc and next time I want to try the regular chocolate. Thanks I have been searching for a good choc fudge frosting recipe. This one is 5 stars!


    1. Betsy Eves

      It’s definitely one of my favorites! :)


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