Rich and Indulgent Chocolate Frosting, Glaze, and Sauce Recipes to Complete Any Dessert
Make a chocolate masterpiece out of nearly any treat by adding one of these fabulous chocolate frostings, glazes, or sauces.
There are very few times when we don't crave a rich, fudgy chocolate dessert. Whether it's in the form of a basic sheet cake or a more decadent creation, such as the German Chocolate Bundt Cake, pictured here, chocolate toppings make everything instantly more delicious. Here, we're sharing our silkiest, most satisfying recipes for chocolate frosting and chocolate sauces that you can use to frost or pour on any flavor of cake, cupcakes, ice cream, or just eat straight up with a spoon (we promise not to judge).
Some of our favorite recipes start with chocolate ganache, which is a two-ingredient powerhouse made using chocolate and heavy cream. The cream is gently heated and then poured over the chocolate to melt it. Slowly whisk the two ingredients together and then let it all chill until the ganache solidifies. One way to use ganache is as an ultra-chocolatey frosting by spreading a generous layer over your favorite baked good. We'll also introduce you to new techniques for making frosting, such as whipping it up in a blender rather than using a stand or hand mixer. The result is light and airy frosting that is sweet as can be over a sheet cake or cupcakes.
And these chocolate toppings aren't just for cake. We also have shiny chocolate glazes that you can pour over vanilla ice cream sundaes. Another incredibly delicious idea? Dip a soft-serve cone and watch as the glaze hardens, creating the ultimate coating that cracks beautifully when you take your first bite—it's the perfect summertime dessert.
Dress up any plain (or not so plain!) dessert with these chocolate frosting, glaze, and sauce recipes.
Dark Chocolate Frosting
Chocolate Blender Frosting
Vegan Chocolate-Ganache Frosting
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
Make-Ahead Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Get a head start on dessert preparation with this chocolate frosting that can be made in advance. It starts with a whipped, shiny meringue that is then mixed with melted chocolate until smooth.
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
The secret to this chocolate frosting recipe is corn syrup, which turns thick ganache into a luscious cake topping.
Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting
This decadent chocolate frosting is made with five egg whites, three sticks of butter, sugar, and bittersweet chocolate—wait until you taste just how good it is.
Milk Chocolate Frosting
Chocolate Glaze for Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes
Easy Fudge Sauce
Boiling brandy and light brown sugar, along with heavy cream, melds these complex flavors before mixing them into rich bittersweet chocolate.
Hot Fudge Over Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate and Vanilla-Bean Ganache
Chocolate syrup is thinner than chocolate sauce and is generally used to make chocolate milk, milkshakes, and egg creams, but it's also terrific spooned over ice cream.
Chocolate Chip Frosting
Reinvent basic buttercream by adding chocolate chips and use it to frost cakes, cupcakes, and more. The extra crunch and burst of chocolate will make this a favorite with kids and grown-ups alike.