I have tried a few different recipes, and so far, this is the one I like the best! It makes three cups of frosting, which is enough to frost a 2- or 3-layer cake, or 30 cupcakes.

Fluffy Chocolate Frosting (stolen from The Cake Mix Doctor, by Anne Byrn)

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted, plus additional if needed
  • 1/3 cup whole milk, plus additional if needed
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Place the butter and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low-speed until the mixture is soft and well combined, 30 seconds. Stop the machine. Place the confectioners’ sugar, 1/3 cup milk, vanilla, and salt in the bowl, and beat with the mixer on low-speed until the frosting lightens and is fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add more milk if the frosting is too thick or confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, if the frosting is too thin.

Delicious Chocolate Sweetness!

  • Use the frosting to frost the cake or cupcakes of your choice.


Note: I prefer super light frosting, so I ended up adding two tablespoons of milk.