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Billy's Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


Billy Reece of Billy's Bakery, a popular New York City bakery, shared this tempting recipe with Martha -- go ahead and have a taste!

  • Yield: Makes enough for 30 cupcakes

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 1150


  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add chocolate until just combined. Add milk, vanilla, and sugar; mix on medium until well combined, being careful not to overmix.

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  • MS12039147
    18 MAR, 2013
    I used this buttercream to frost Martha's one bowl chocolate cupcakes - delicious! I added a teaspoon of almond extract to make chocolate almond buttercream. Perhaps because of the almond flavor, I thought the frosting was sweet enough after only 4 cups of powdered sugar. My boyfriend was amazed at how good this frosting was and couldn't keep his finger out of the bowl! Will definitely make again.
  • MS11304495
    1 OCT, 2011
    Far too heavy and too much butter. Even if used for 30 cupcakes it is too much. It does not have a good chocolate flavor and the texture is too greasy. I will not waste good butter on this again.
  • detroiterchick
    10 SEP, 2011
    This chocolate buttercream is amazing! I used this instead of the Mrs. Milman's chocolate frosting on the moist devil's food cake recipe and it made for a beautiful and tasty birthday cake. Make sure not to over-beat the frosting!
  • kborduin
    29 JUL, 2008
    My grandmother has done this frosting for years - both the vanilla
  • mattafer
    16 JUL, 2008
    I added the cocoa powder, like someone suggested, it was perfect, I halved the recipe and was more than enough for a double layer cake...
  • nouimie
    26 MAY, 2008
    I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder to make it more chocolatey, and it worked just great!
  • zocola
    13 APR, 2008
    This frosting was not very chocolatey. I would not make it again.