This Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is smooth, fluffy, creamy, and oh so chocolatey. My special "secret ingredient" really takes it to the next level. Once you've tried this recipe, you'll never turn back!
For the chocolate ganache:
4 oz (115g) chocolate, finely chopped (I use 2/3 dark and 1/3 milk, but you can use all dark if you prefer)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping/double cream
For the buttercream:
4 oz (115g) chocolate (again, I use 2/3 dark and 1/3 milk)
1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups (530g) confectioners/icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup (60ml) heavy whipping/double cream
One batch ganache (recipe included)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp brewed coffee
To make the ganache:
Put the finely chopped chocolate, vanilla extract and salt in a heatproof bowl.
Heat the cream on the stove until bubbles just start to form around the edges. Pour over the chocolate. Cover with kitchen towel and leave to sit for 5 mins. Whisk until melted and smooth. Set aside.
To make the buttercream:
Melt the 4oz/115g chocolate and set aside.
Put the butter in the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment. Turn on high speed and whip for 8-10 minutes, until butter has turned almost white (see video for reference).
Add the confectioners/icing sugar, cocoa powder and cream, and turn on low speed for 30 seconds. Turn up to medium and whip until combined.
Add the ganache, melted chocolate, vanilla extract, and coffee. Whip on high speed until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
Use to pipe on cupcakes, cover cakes, or smother on brownies.
Best used same day.
Can be frozen in a sealed container for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge and then bring to room temperature. Whip for 2 minutes before using.
If omitting coffee, you may need to add a little more cream to get the desired consistency
Serving Size1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Recipe by A Tipsy Giraffe at https://www.atipsygiraffe.com/best-chocolate-buttercream/