It doesn’t get easier or more delicious than this 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.
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!
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.
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. I usually like salted butter in recipes because I get lazy, honestly.
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. 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.
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.
Just a tip: 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.