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Chocolate Lover's Frosting

Chocolate Lover's Frosting
16 servings (2 Tablespoons per serving)
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This Chocolate Lover's Frosting is delectable to spread on cakes, cupcakes, brownies, sugar cookies and more. Ready in just 5 minutes, too.

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  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


BEAT 1 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in remaining sugar and milk until smooth. Makes 2 cups total.


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    Chocolate Lover's Frosting

    Helen Hansen from Calgary, AB

    This is a lovely fluffy, creamy frosting and especially good on cupcakes. Just make sure to beat it long enough for a fluffy consistency.

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    No trans fats!

    Jenifer Cramer from New Milford, CT

    I hate to buy the containers of frosting because they seem to all have trans fats, which I don't want to feed to my family and friends. This frosting is easy, reliable, and tasty. No need to buy the other stuff!

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    Nestle makes the difference

    kathleen dennis from Danville, NH

    I had given up making my own chocolate frosting because I thought it always tasted tart. Using the Nestle cocoa made all the difference! No more bitterness!

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    Perfect Chocolate Frosting

    Sarah Barker from Tucson, AZ

    This frosting is perfect, and so easy! The texture, if you beat it well, it smooth and the flavor is wonderful!

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    Not frosting

    amy armstrong from

    This is not frosting as it is very thin. It should be considered icing.

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    Loved the frosting!

    Laurie Tamburrino from Mi

    I was looking for a good frosting recipe and decided on the Chocolate Lovers. Delicious and easy to make. I will never buy a canned frosting again. My kids are in school now but I can't wait for them to try it.

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    Tracey SMITH from Dacula, GA

    It was great, more like chocolate sauce but yummy!

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    Easy, smooth icing

    Laurie Humphries from TX

    The recipe was simple to follow and created a tasty topping for my cake. I added a bit of almond flavoring to enhance the taste. It's definitely worth trying!

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    Awesome Icing!

    Aimee Carlisle from BRISTOW, VA

    This icing is fabulous! After this, I will never use canned icing again!

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    Not for the novice!

    Julie Murry from MARIETTA, GA

    I make chocolate frosting on a regular basis so I decided to try this one. The end result was smooth, creamy and delicious with a little adjustment. You may want to melt half of the butter and keep adding milk (a tablespoon at a time) until your frosting ecomes creamy. It is important to remember to keep adding milk. For beginning bakers you may want to alternate sugar and milk and always end with the milk.This will make for a shinier frosting.

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    not so good


    i tried this recipe for cupcakes and we all disagreed on it.It is something that i will not make again.It certainly did not fit the title chocolate lover's frosting at my house.

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    better than canned

    maureen husser from WEATHERLY, PA

    We like it with one little change in directions. I melt some of the butter or margarine and mix it with the cocoa first. Then I follow the rest of the directions. That's how my family likes it.

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    It may be my fault.

    Jennifer Duncan from BRIGHTON, MI

    I followed the directions for this recipe very carefully since it was my first time making frosting. It said to beat the first ingredients until "creamy" but mine was more crumbly. I'm not really sure what happened. I'll be trying this recipe again in the future and I really hope I have better results.

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    Chocolate Lovers Frosting

    Rachelle McDonell from AURORA, UT

    We love it. It is the most requested frosting in our house and it is easy to make.

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    Jenell Dombruski from CENTER LINE, MI

    I chopped up some drained maraschino cherries and mixed in with the frosting. The family loved it. This is definitely a keeper!

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    Patti Cordaro from WILLOWICK, OH

    This frosting is really good and very easy to make! I put it on the Triple Chocolate cupcakes (recipe on this website) and it is a great combination. Everyone loved it. I'm sure I will go back to this recipe many, many times!

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    marilyn Gibson from TOPEKA, KS

    My husband and I made this and it lasted one day! Very good!

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    nothing special

    Linda Cox from Magnolia, KY

    The icing was good but nothing special.

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    The Best Ever!!!!!!!!!

    Bethany Henninger from

    This was the best frosting I have ever had!!!! You have to try it.

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    Chocolate Lover's Frosting

    Bonnie Jones from ANDALUSIA, IL

    This is great! I wanted a good frosting for my brownies. This was perfect. Thank you.

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    Must try!!

    Ashley Royal-Grise from North Little Rock, AR

    I substituted the milk with heavy whipping cream. It was wonderful! This is the simplest frosting I've tried to make. It really is quick and easy. It is smooth and very rich!! I would probably not use it on a chocolate cake because of that, but it worked fabulously with my yellow cake mix. This will DEFINITELY become my "go-to" recipe from now on. Loads better than any store-bought product!

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    Cynthia Logan from Fort Worth, TX

    This is a great recipe and I loved it. I will be making it again really soon

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    simply perfect


    This is great! It is so easy and I always have all the stuff I need to make it.

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    Great Chocolate Frosting

    Shantel Gaston from SAINT ALBANS, NY

    This recipe is easy to follow and the results are delicious. The texture is so smooth and creamy, that you want to eat the frosting before it gets to the cake.

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    Nikki Schmidt from Boca Raton, FL

    this frosting is a cinch to make and tastes delicious. one of my most requested!

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    Great / Easy Frosting

    Carol Keimer from EASTLAKE, OH

    This frosting is easy and Yummy! We are chocoholic's and this easy frosting pleases the whole family.

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    angela Lucey from JANESVILLE, WI

    This frosting was the perfect pair to the chocolate cake! And sooo easy too!

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    Beth Prada from Pembroke Pines, FL

    Excellent recipe! My daughter loved it on her chocolate birthday cake.

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    Chocolate Lover's Frosting

    Robin Neal from HUNTINGTON, WV

    I made this to frost a cake, it was easy to follow, and oh so delicious. It is very rich and chocolaty and was a big hit with my crew. It is quick to make. If you can open up a can of store bought frosting, you can just about have this made in the same amount of time, and sooooo much better! 5 stars!

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    Chocolate Frosting

    S T from AL

    I made this frosting and iced brownies with it. My son absolutely loved it and kept wanting me to make more. I finally made the brownies, but when I started to make the frosting ... I didn't have enough cocoa powder left! I grabbed a tub of store bought frosting from the cubbard, but he saw it and would not hear of it. He saved the brownies until I picked up more cocoa and made his "favorite" frosting!

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    Excellent frosting


    I was looking for a recipe for chocolate icing because the old recipe that I had I lost plus it had raw eggs in it. this recipe is even better than the egg icing recipe.

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    Chocolate Lover's Frosting


    Wonderful icing. Easy to make with a semi rich taste. Sturdy yet smooth consistancy. I always make sure I leave some in the bowl for myself.

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    Best Chocolate Frosting

    Nancy Jonas from Goshen, NY

    This frosting was so easy to make. I can't use commercial frostings and this one was a big hit with my family. They said that it had a great chocolately flavor. Thanks.

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    easy and very good!!

    Amy Meyer from LAS VEGAS, NV

    this frosting is very,very easy to make and is tastes excellent!! it worked perfectly!!

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    Cathy Collins from Penetanguishene, ON

    This frosting is so easy to make, it would be silly to ever buy frosting again! My husband couldn't believe that I had just whipped it up in no time! I will be using this recipe often - it's so delicious!

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    Chocolate Lover's Frosting

    Barbara Chalkley from WILLIAMSBURG, VA

    This frosting was very good. After setting for a few minutes it was like fudge. The recipe did not make enough to frost a 2 layer cake and I had to double it.

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    Chocolate Lover's Frosting

    Rochelle Mack from JONESBORO, GA

    This icing was very good and easy to make. Added a cup more powdered sugar and the results was still a light fluffy icing. Pound cake with chocolate icing was my brother's request for his birthday and he loved it!!

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    Chocolate Lover's Frosting

    amanda skabroud from RHINELANDER, WI

    Extremely easy to prepare. Very rich.

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    Erna Jackson from Anchorage, AK

    Very Very Rich, but Very Very Tasty. It had the perfect consistancy. I had a little extra left over and used it for dipping fruit, YUMMY!!!

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    LuAnn Hughes from EDGERTON, WI

    My family and friends loved this frosting. This is a recipe I will use frequently

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    Great, for someone who doesn't like frosting!


    Very easy to make. Really a good frosting. I spread it on my cake really thin and it was good thin, even for me who doesn't typically eat frosting.

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    Wonderful Icing

    Janken Daniels from TEMPLETON, MA

    This icing tasted great and was easy to make. I'm not a fan of sweet icing, so I added an extra heaping teaspoon full of cocoa and it was just the right bittersweet taste. I'll be making this again often.

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    My Favorite!

    Beth from Oakwood, Il

    I love this frosting. It is by far my favorite chocolate frosting. I was a little worried when I realized my husband had thrown out the coco container with the recipe. Thank goodness for the internet!

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    Chocolatey but not too sweet!

    Karin Gaffney from lakewood, CO

    I love this recipe (and I've been a professional pastry chef for years). I was an a jam tonight - thinking I had the ingredients for a chocolate buttercream for some mini-devil's food cakes I made - I whipped up this recipe (with half the podwered sugar) and it was a perfect bittersweet compliment to my very sweet cakes - yeah!

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    Just a taste.

    Rachael from Boulder, CO

    Recipe is great! If you are stretched on your cocoa, it is good with just 4 Tablespoons of cocoa as long as you are putting it on a chocolate cake.

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    Sooo Good!

    Kendra Barnard from SALEM, IL

    This is the best chocolate icing. No more canned stuff for us. I tried it a second time and used only 6 T. butter. It was still delicious with a few less calories.

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    Chelsea Stanton from NORMAN, OK

    I made this to go with the cake and it was so good. I couldn't stop eating it to frost the cake!!!

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    great homemade frosting

    Antoinette Reid from PAWTUCKET, RI

    Very easy to make and the taste was great. never need to have canned on hand again. This was too easy and good!!

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    Great frosting!


    Simple to make and delicious to eat! Nice and smooth-creamy and chocolatey!

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    Chocoholic's Dream!

    Melissa Fallon from Rumford, ME

    I'd never been able to make a decent chocolate frosting until I tried this recipe, and WOW! With friends and family around the cake didn't last long at all!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/16 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 16 

  • Calories: 150
  • Calories from Fat: 50
  • Total Fat: 6g (10% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g (18% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 15mg (5% of DV)
  • Sodium: 40mg (2% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 25g (8% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g (3% of DV)
  • Sugars: 22g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 4% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 0% of DV
  • Iron: 0% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Lover's Frosting


  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



BEAT 1 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in remaining sugar and milk until smooth. Makes 2 cups total.

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