Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Hello, Cupcake Diaries readers! I’m so excited to be guest posting today! I am Becky from Love to be in the Kitchen. On my blog I share quick, easy, and delicious recipes. Some of my recent popular posts are my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreos and Graham Crackers.


Just a little about me, I am married and have two adorable little boys. I met my husband in high school but we didn’t date until five years later. I love traveling although I don’t travel as often these days. I love good food and trying new types of foods. Even though my blog name is Love to be in the Kitchen I really don’t enjoy when recipes take a long time to make, especially dinner. So that’s why I love to share simple but delicious recipes on my blog!

Baking is my favorite! I love cupcakes. For me it’s all about the frosting. Today I am sharing one of my absolute favorite frostings, Dark Chocolate Buttercream. It’s heavenly!

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Even if you don’t love dark chocolate you will still like this frosting! With the added powdered sugar it makes it sweet. Some of my non-loving dark chocolate friends don’t like dark chocolate because they say it’s not sweet enough. What I love most about this frosting is the beautiful dark color it has. It’s so pretty! This frosting is so good too. It’s addicting! I am not a fan of canned frosting. Homemade frosting is SO easy to make and tastes 100 x’s better than any store bought frosting I’ve ever had. I hope you will give it a try!


Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 c. unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 c. Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 5 c. powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream or milk


  1. In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add the cocoa powder and beat mixture until combined.
  2. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened. Scrape down the bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully incorporated, about 30 seconds; scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream or milk, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 20 seconds.
  3. Use to frost cupcakes or cakes


Thanks, Allison, for having me today!

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  1. says

    These look divine! I love dark chocolate and seriously can’t get enough chocolate anything these days. I think I may have some cupcakes in my future!

    • Allison Miller says

      Thanks for the comment, Chelsea! I’m with you, I love dark chocolate. And a dark chocolate buttercream is something brand new to me!