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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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