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Chocolate Frostings

We’ve created a chocolate frosting that's lick-the-spoon good in every way imaginable. Using a variety of milk, semisweet, and bittersweet chocolates, these recipes range from elegant ganache to birthday-party buttercream. Some are even paired with classic partners such as coffee, mint, and coconut. Whether slathered between layers or swirled onto cupcakes, chocolate frosting always hits the spot.

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We mixed sour cream into the batter to add moistness and a subtle tang. Silky smooth ganache makes a rich topping; other options include seven-minute frosting and cream-cheese frosting. The chocolate curls are easily made with a few strokes of a vegetable peeler.

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This deep, dark, satiny frosting (thanks to the addition of melted semisweet chocolate) is a favorite of Martha Stewart Living food editors, since it has just the right consistency for spreading or piping into beautiful swirls. It also has a wonderful sheen.This recipe, which accompanies Candied-Hazelnut Cupcakes, is from "Martha Stewart's Cupcakes."

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Decadent indeed, this frosting is a chocolate lover's dream come true. Creme fraiche offsets some of the richness. Use it to frost vanilla cake (or chocolate if you're a chocoholic).Also try: Basic Buttercream, Ganache, and Seven-Minute Frosting