Easy Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

Updated on February 2, 2020
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over 20 years. She has cooked on multiple television stations, including the Food Network.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Thank me later for this delicious, homemade recipe.
Thank me later for this delicious, homemade recipe.

When it comes to cakes, I think people are firmly divided into two camps—those who are after the cake, and those who are after frosting. This easy chocolate fudge frosting recipe sends the latter into fudge nirvana. It’s rich, intensely chocolaty and as smooth as silk.

I use this chocolate fudge frosting to ice the easy chocolate fudge cake, and the pairing is just about as perfect as it gets. Imagine a lovely, moist, pillowy chocolate fudge cake paired with seriously chocolate fudge frosting. This is why huge glasses of ice cold milk were invented. I think this fudge frosting recipe is the number one excuse to make the fudge cake. You can also use the cake as nothing but an excuse to make the frosting. This is good enough to roll your eyes back in your head, trust me.

This is the best chocolate fudge frosting recipe around, and to make it even better, it’s also as easy as it gets. I’ve simplified the typical process for making fudge frosting, taking the entire process down to one bowl. The only trick is to make sure you mix the powdered ingredients into the butter very well because that’s what allows you to skip melting the butter and eliminate that extra step.

This recipe makes a good bit of frosting. Tt easily fills and ices the chocolate fudge cake generously, but I never have a hard time with the bit left over. Each of my kiddos gets to have their own spoon to lick – which usually gives me just enough time to finish the cake and get it stashed. Take the 10 minutes this beautiful fudge frosting takes to throw together, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.


  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup whole milk or half and half


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until lightly fluffy. Add powdered sugar, and mix well.
  2. Add vanilla and cocoa, and about half of the milk or half and half, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you work.
  3. Slowly add remaining milk or half and half, then turn mixer on medium-high. Beat frosting until light, fluffy and of spreading consistency.
  4. If the frosting is too thick, slowly add more milk or half and half, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.
  5. You can use the frosting immediately, or store it in the refrigerator for 3 days, or freeze if for up to 3 months. Allow frosting to come to room temperature before using.

Use on an easy chocolate fudge cake or anything else you like!

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Use this incredible frosting on cakes, cupcakes or as the filling for cookies!
Use this incredible frosting on cakes, cupcakes or as the filling for cookies!

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Chocolate fudge frosting looking irresistible on a chocolate fudge cake.
Chocolate fudge frosting looking irresistible on a chocolate fudge cake.

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract!

© 2012 Jan Charles


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      24 months ago

      Thanks for sharing.

      what size of cake can this recipe cover.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Jan,

      You are so welcome. Take care up there in East Tennessee and I would consider it a great honor to have you as a follower.

      Take care and keep up the great work.

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      Jan Charles 

      2 years ago from East Tennessee

      Thanks Kenneth!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, Jan,

      Wow, what a hub. I loved every bite. Oops, every word.

      No kidding. Fine job of writing and sharing a very delicious

      recipe and since I am rural and know the country well,

      this recipe is a Winner.

      Keep up the great work.

      Write anytime.

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      3 years ago

      This is the most delicious chocolate fudge frosting I have ever had. Simple to make, smooth and easy to work with. Thank you sooooo much!!!!!

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      Sharon Cooper 

      3 years ago

      Delicious frosting. Recipe makes a huge amount so thank goodness it freezes.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      5 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Anything chocolate is tops in my book and in one of my granddaughter's book. Thanks for sharing this chocolate frosting, looks so simple too. Voted up and awesome.

      Blessings to you.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      One word - YUM!!!!

      This is actually a pretty easy recipe. We can sometimes forget how the basics can be the perfect combo. Thank you for sharing. You have so many wonderful links too!


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