Yes! That is deep, rich fudge about to be spread on top of our family’s favorite chocolate cake. If you didn’t realize it was possible to pour fudge over cake, you’re about to enter a whole new level of “the chocolate experience”. lol Guys, seriously, this is SO good!
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Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing the dense fudgy chocolate cake recipe that my family loves the most, but today, you’re about to become an expert at creating the best chocolate fudge frosting to top it with.
Simple Ingredients for Making Fudge Frosting
You only need five ingredients to make this delicious icing: butter, sugar cocoa powder (I used Divine Cocoa.), milk and vanilla.
How to Make Fudge Frosting
Start by melting the butter in a saucepan on your stove.
Next, turn off the heat and add the cocoa powder to the melted butter and whisk them until they are completely combined.
To the chocolate paste, add the milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. (Start with only 1/2 cup milk. Mix it all together and then decide if you need more. If you think you do, add a Tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.)
If you’re mixing this by hand, I recommend adding only half the powdered sugar to begin with. Mix that thoroughly and then mix in the rest. The preferred method would certainly be a stand mixer with a splatter guard, or like mine, a lid to keep powdered sugar from creating a cloud in your kitchen.
I pour everything in the bowl of my stand mixer and beat it together until it’s completely blended and creamy, fudgy frosting is the result.
Perfection! Frosting will be thick, but seem looser than you might expect. (See how it still drips from the beaters in long thick strands?) You can add more powdered sugar to get your desired consistency, but this frosting will get firmer as it sits in the fridge, so resist the urge to add more than you need. The pictures above are a good gauge of the consistency we like; and it gets quite firm and solid, like fudge, as it sets up. Spread the frosting over your cake and put the whole thing in the fridge for about 30 minutes. You’ll be delighted with the fudgy results! I promise.Print
This recipe makes enough icing to make a generous layer over a 9×13 cake, if you’re leaving it in the pan. If you plan to make a layer cake, I would recommend making a double batch.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 ½ cups cocoa
- 2 lbs powdered sugar
- 1/2–3/4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Melt the butter in a saucepan.
- Remove from heat.
- Add the cocoa powder to melted butter and stir to form a thick paste.
- Transfer cocoa/butter mixture to the bowl of your stand mixer and add milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. (Start with only 1/2 cup milk. Mix it all together and then decide if you need more . If you think you do, add a Tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.)
- Beat until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Frosting will be thick, but seem looser than you might expect. You can add more powdered sugar to get your desired consistency, but this frosting will get firmer as it sits in the fridge, so resist the urge to add more than you need. The pictures above are a good gauge of the consistency we like and it gets quite firm as it sets up.
- Spread frosting over a 9×13 cake and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Category: Frosting, Dessert
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: frosting, chocolate
Check out these other fabulous #Choctoberfest recipes, from my chocolate-inspired blogging friends, too. You’re gonna love them!