Dark Chocolate Frosting

This dark chocolate frosting is so deep, creamy and satiny with a wonderful consistency for piping or spreading into lovely swirls. It has a gorgeous sheen, too. Here is the recipe:

Dark Chocolate Frosting


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (plus extra 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water (plus extra 1 tablespoon)
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 4 ½ sticks (2 ¼ cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ pounds high-quality semisweet chocolate (melted, cooled)
  • A pinch of salt



  • Mix cocoa and the boiling water to dissolve the cocoa in the water. In a mixing bowl, on medium-high speed, whisk confectioners’ sugar, butter, and salt until creamy. Decrease speed to low.
  • Apply melted and cooled chocolate, whisking until incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Whisk in the cocoa mixture and mix again until well you get a nice consistency.
  • Decorate your favorite dessert and enjoy!