Chocolate Frosting

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Makes 7 1/2 cups (enough to frost one 8-inch layer cake)

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).


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened

  • 4 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • Salt

  • 1 pound 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled

  • 1 ½ cups creme fraiche or sour cream


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Sift together sugar, cocoa powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; gradually beat into cream cheese mixture. With machine running, pour in melted chocolate in a slow, steady stream. Beat in creme fraiche until well combined. If frosting doesn't seem firm enough, refrigerate for 10 minutes. Beat before using.

    Pål Allan
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