Chocolate Frosting for Bear Cake

chocolate frosting
Photo: Johnny Miller
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
9 cups

This chocolate frosting recipe makes just enough for our Bear Cake.


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 4 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

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

  • 1 ½ 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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