Favorite Fudge Frosting

fudge frosting in bowl

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!

fudge frosting on cake slice

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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

fudge frosting ingredients

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. 

melting butter

Next, turn off the heat and add the cocoa pow­der to the melt­ed but­ter and whisk them until they are com­plete­ly combined.

cocoa powder added to melted butter

Your mix­ture will resem­ble thick, choco­late paste. Use a *spat­u­la to scrape the mix­ture into a large mix­ing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer. 

chocolate paste in mixing bowl

To the choco­late paste, add the milk, vanil­la and pow­dered sug­ar. (Start with only ½ 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.)

powdered sugar, milk and vanilla added to mixing bowl

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.

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fudge frosting

Fudge Frosting


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Prep Time: 15 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 0 min­utes
  • Total Time: 15 min­utes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x

Description

This recipe makes enough icing to make a gen­er­ous lay­er over a 9x13 cake, if you’re leav­ing it in the pan.  If you plan to make a lay­er cake, I would rec­om­mend mak­ing a dou­ble batch.


Ingredients

Scale

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups cocoa
  • 2 lbs pow­dered sugar
  • ½-¾ cup milk
  • 2 tea­spoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Melt the but­ter in a saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the cocoa pow­der to melt­ed but­ter and stir to form a thick paste.
  4. Trans­fer cocoa/butter mix­ture to the bowl of your stand mix­er and add milk, vanil­la and pow­dered sug­ar. (Start with only ½ 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.)
  5. Beat until ingre­di­ents are thor­ough­ly combined.
  6. 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.
  7. Spread frost­ing over a 9x13 cake and refrig­er­ate for 30 minutes.
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Frost­ing, Dessert
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

Key­words: frost­ing, chocolate

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2 thoughts on “Favorite Fudge Frosting”

    • Wendy, those are def­i­nite­ly the BEST mem­o­ries ever! And one of the most impor­tant things about cook­ing from scratch with fam­i­ly. So glad you had a chance to stop by!

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