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Chocolate Buttercream

Easy to make, soft, American style chocolate buttercream perfect for any cake or cupcakes.
Course Dessert
Keyword buttercream


  • 1 sticks salted butter softened (1 pound)
  • 8 cups powdered sugar (2 pound bag)
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup water as needed


  • Beat butter on high speed until smooth.
  • Slowly beat in powdered sugar and cocoa powder.  As mixture becomes thick, add in heavy cream.
  • If buttercream is still thicker than desired, add water while mixing, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.  


  • Don't add the whole amount of water at once.  Just add it one tablespoon at a time.  You think you are going to save time, you are not.  You are going to have soupy buttercream on your hands.
  • For chocolate buttercream with a little bit something extra, substitute strong brewed coffee for the water portion.  
  • For a peanut butter chocolate buttercream, use 1 cup of peanut butter in exchange for 1 cup of butter (2 sticks).