The BEST Chocolate Frosting
It’s all about the frosting! Don’t you agree?!
I usually judge a cupcake based on the frosting. If the frosting is not yummy, it doesn’t matter how moist and delicious the cake part is.
This past week was my husband’s birthday and I wanted to make some cupcakes for the party I was throwing him.
He’s a fan of chocolate so I knew that’s what was on the menu. Being busy with work, I also knew I needed to take a short cut. So I used a boxed Devil’s Food Cake Mix for the cake part. Boxed cake mixes are so tasty and moist that I have no guilt about taking that short cut. (And you shouldn’t either!)
That said … I have yet to find a frosting that I like as much as one that is homemade.
I thought about a ganache or a buttercream … then my daughter mentioned how much she loves my classic Cream Cheese Frosting (click here for the recipe). That got me thinking … how could I make that yummy icing chocolate? Well, it’s simple! Just add cocoa powder! The tang of the cream cheese was a perfect compliment to the richness of the cocoa powder. It made for a super chocolatey frosting that was delicious on the Devil’s Food cake.
And as the biggest plus of all … this frosting is sooooo simple to make!
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/3 cup cocoa powder
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and beat until smooth and evenly incorporated.
Enough for 2 dozen cupcakes or 1 cake.