Not so Secret Chocolate Butter Cream Icing

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Linda Kauppinen
from Greenwood, FL

This is a wonderful butter cream icing the same as you would find from a reputable baker. Another family secret...shhhhhhh But wait.. I just found out that it wasn't that much of a secret.. lol oh well... that happens! NOTE: For white icing, eliminate the cocoa. You can frost as is or add lemon flavoring, peppermint extract or virtually any flavor that you want.

serves This recipe frosts a 9" round cake or 9"x13" sheet cake. For larger cakes double the recipe.
prep time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other


  • 2 1/2 c
    10x confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 c
    hershey cocoa
  • 1 stick
  • 1/3 c
    milk, whole
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • pinch

How To Make

  • 1
    In a large bowl, cream the butter.
  • 2
    Add confectioners sugar and cocoa to the bowl in small amounts. Alternate with some of the milk. NOTE: Start on slow speed as sugar will fly!
  • 3
    As sugar blends in, increase the speed of the mixer. Add vanilla and pinch of salt. If too stiff, add a little more milk Beat for about 5 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  • 4
    NOTE: For darker chocolate icing, increase the amount of cocoa. For lighter chocolate icing, decrease the amount of cocoa. For white icing, eliminate the cocoa from the recipe