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Chocolate Frosting for Bear Cake


This recipe makes just enough frosting for our bear cake.

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  • Yield: Makes 9 cups

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2012


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound plus 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream


  1. Beat together cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Sift together confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually beat sugar mixture into cream-cheese mixture, and beat until combined. Slowly pour in melted chocolate as you continue to beat. Add sour cream, and beat until smooth. Use immediately. Or refrigerate, covered, up to 3 days; bring to room temperature, and beat with a mixer on low speed until smooth before using.

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