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Whipped Chocolate Frosting

The chocolate pudding mixture needs time to completely get cool, so plan ahead. I make that part of the frosting recipe first, then work on baking my cake/cupcakes. By the time the cakes are baked and cooled, I'm ready to finish making my frosting.


  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk I used whole milk
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a small sauce pan, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder and milk. Cook over medium low heat whisking frequently until the consistency of a thickened pudding. You may get some lumps during this process, especially if your heat is too high.
  2. Remove from heat. Strain into a separate bowl using a spatula to push the pudding through the sieve. This will give you a completely smooth, lump free mixture. Cool completely in the refrigerator. I usually set the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice, then put it in the refrigerator. This speeds the cooling process.
  3. While that mixture is cooling, melt the chocolate chips at 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring after each interval. Allow to cool as close to room temperature as possible without getting solid again. You want it creamy. If it does get too cool, reheat briefly in the microwave to melt any lumps, stir and allow to cool again.
  4. When the refrigerated mixture is cool, whip butter with an electric mixer until fluffy, about a minute. Add salt and vanilla and beat to combine.
  5. Add the chocolate mixture and beat for another minute or two, until combined and fluffy.
  6. Finally, add the melted chocolate and whip again until completely combined and fluffy.

Recipe Notes

*Store unused frosting and frosted items in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature before serving for creamiest texture.

*Butter should be slightly soft, but not room temperature. I usually let it get to the point where I can make an indentation if I apply pressure to it, but it still has structure.

*I've doubled the recipe with success. When tripling, the texture is a bit softer, but firms up when refrigerated. For the Pac Man cake, I doubled the recipe.

*The cake recipe is from Chocolate Stout Cupcakes. I baked that recipe in 2 (8 inch) pans that were sprayed with cooking spray, bottoms lined with parchment, then I lightly sprayed the parchment. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and finish cooling on racks. If using 9" pans, baking time will shorter.

Frosting recipe adapted from Our Best Bites

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