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Ultimate Chocolate Frosting

This fudgy frosting is the ideal accompaniment to Martha's Ultimate Chocolate Cake.

  • yield: Makes about 3 cups

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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup Valrhona cocoa powder
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a small bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder. Add butter, milk, and vanilla; stir until smooth and free of lumps.

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Source
Martha Stewart Living Television, May 1999

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Reviews (14)

  • 9 Mar, 2014

    I love this recipe, it's so simple and so delicious.
    Just one note about the instructions: use a large bowl!

  • 2 Mar, 2014

    This frosting is the ultimate! Very easy to make and so creamy!

  • 8 Aug, 2013

    It came out wonderfully, but instead of milk I used chocolate almond milk.

  • 2 Mar, 2013

    This is by far the best chocolate frosting I have ever made. I used Hersey's cocoa powder which was what I had in the house. Frosted a yellow cake with it for a b-day party tomorrow.
    Thank you, Martha

  • 8 Jan, 2013

    Just made this with valrhona cocoa. Used stand mixer and beat it well. The best chocolate buttercream EVER. I used it on a yellow sheet cake and the amount was just right.

  • 27 Dec, 2011

    You can use any cocoa powder that you like, keeping in mind that the final taste of the frosting will vary from brand to brand. I make this frosting with Ghirardelli and it is great. It's even better with Droste. Ghirardelli has a stronger, slightly sharper taste that is super for making hot cocoa, but I find that I prefer a mellower tasting cocoa for baking. My grocery store carries Ghirardelli , but I have to order the Droste and will use the Ghirardelli when out.

  • 27 Dec, 2011

    You can use any cocoa powder that you like, keeping in mind that the final taste of the frosting will vary from brand to brand. I make this frosting with Ghriradelli and it is great. It's even better with Droste. Ghriradelli has a stronger, slightly sharper taste that is super for making hot cocoa, but I find that I prefer a mellower tasting cocoa for baking. My grocery store carries Ghriradelli, but I have to order the Droste and will use the Ghriradelli when out.

  • 8 Feb, 2011

    Does anybody know if it can be done with any other brand of cocoa, such as Ghirardelli?
    thanks!

  • 8 Feb, 2011

    Does anybody know if it can be done with any other brand of cocoa powder (ie. Ghirardelli).
    Thanks!

  • 3 Feb, 2011

    You can get the Valhrona Cocoa powder at Amazon.com, in groceries and gourmet foods (a treasure trove of uncommon ingedients)

  • 25 Sep, 2010

    The Baker's Catalog (KIng Arthur's Flour) will have Valrhona....online as well.
    or I would try Whole Foods if there is one in your area.

  • 4 Jun, 2010

    Can one of you lovely folks please tell me where do I find this Valrhona cocoa powder? I have looked in all my local stores and no luck!!
    Please help a fellow choco-holich!!!

    Thanks,
    Diane Smith
    Gallatin,TN

  • 9 Jan, 2009

    Oh my gosh! This frosting is the BEST! My husband doesn't like frosting very much and even he loves it. This will most assuredly be my "go to" recipe for chocolate frosting from now on. Thanks Martha!

  • 12 Mar, 2008

    This frosting is incredibly easy and delicious. My mother used to make a frosting similar to this, but with chocolate chips. That was a bit too sweet; this frosting tastes perfect, with just the right amount of chocolatey flavor.