• Easy Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • Easy Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Easy Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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It doesn’t get more simple or more delicious than this easy homemade chocolate buttercream frosting recipe right here. This frosting is seriously good enough to eat right out of the bowl and so easy, it takes less than 5 minutes to make.

Homemade fluffy buttercream frosting is your new best friend.

This frosting comes out fluffy, creamy and just the right amount of sweet with a hint of salt to really make the chocolate flavor pop. Do you like butter? How about chocolate? Like your food with a hint of salt? Good. You’re going to L-O-V-E this recipe!

Is homemade frosting really better than store bought?

Yup. It’s true. If you’ve never made homemade frosting before this, you’ll be converted once you taste the different and realize how easy it is to make homemade! If you have made your own frosting and it involved cooking or milk or pudding or flour or other totally necessary ingredients (in my opinion), then you might enjoy how easy this is compared to your past experiences.

Luckily, it’s easier than you think.

The 3-Ingredient Version

You can really break this down to just three ingredients, or if you want to get fancy, four. The difference would be using unsalted butter or not. When you use salted butter here, you do not need to add any additional salt.

The 4-Ingredient Version

I really like how sea salt tastes paired with chocolate so, if I have it available, I’ll make this chocolate frosting with unsalted butter then I’ll add my own sea salt.

Both versions taste great!

Adding Milk

You don’t need to add milk, but if you like a softer, lighter frosting then you can add just a very small amount of milk or cream to change the texture. Just don’t go too crazy with the milk or you might end up with a melty frosting. Two tablespoons max.

Want to take your homemade chocolate buttercream frosting to the next level?

Start with homemade butter. Since butter is the main ingredient to this frosting, you can get a unique and fresh flavor by making your own butter. It’s actually really easy to do! Get my recipe for 5-minute homemade butter here.

Sea salt for the win!

As I mentioned, if you’re after that next level taste, without a lot of effort, sea salt really does the job. Since there are so few ingredients to this frosting recipe, I think going with unsalted butter and adding in sea salt really enhances the flavor in a simple way that it’s worth the extra step. Again though, if you’re short on time or don’t have unsalted butter on hand—no worries salted butter works just fine, just leave out the additional salt.

Helpful tools for making and frosting cupcakes:

Are you making cupcakes? There are a few special tools I’d recommend the will get you professional-looking cupcakes:

  • Piping Bag and Tips – The secret to awesome looking frosting every time.
  • Cupcake Liners – Add some pizzazz or keep the look minimal just with your choice of liner.
  • Sprinkles – Is a cupcake even a cupcake without sprinkles? Well, of course, but themed sprinkles are just fun (and add some yummy texture).
  • Mortar and Pestle – This is one of those tool I use all the time! It’s so handy and you’ll need it to grind up your sea salt for this recipe.

Use a cookie scoop to get the perfect amount of batter in each cup.

Fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full to get that perfectly rounded, not-overflowing height. It’s so tempting to fill the cups with batter but don’t do it! 3/4 is just right. Use a cookie scoop to help you measure each cup. The scooping mechanism helps prevent a lot of dripping.

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This easy homemade chocolate buttercream frosting was featured on Fiesta Friday!

Easy Homemade Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


  • 1. Using a mortar and pestle, grind the sea salt to a fine powder.
  • 2. Add unsalted butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar and sea salt powder to a large bowl. If you prefer your frosting to be light and fluffier, add 1-2 tbsp milk.
  • 3. Beat using a hand mixer, starting at a low speed then gradually increase to a higher speed and ingredients begin to blend.
  • 4. Once ingredients are well blended, beat on high for about 1 minute to whip the frosting to a fluffy consistency.
  • 5. To make filling your piping bag easier, place the bag inside of a tall cup and fold the sides over the rim of the cup.