Dark Chocolate Buttercream

Dark Chocolate Buttercream swirling on a mixer whisk

Let’s talk chocolate! Easter is right around the corner and everything pastel and cute is trending but I’m looking for that chocolate fix this week. Are you a chocolate lover? This Dark Chocolate Buttercream is just what you need.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream being piped into a swirl

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I  often feel that chocolate baked goods need to be lighter on the sugar and heavier on the chocolate. Give me all the flavor! Unfortunately I was super busy this week and I now have a large container of Dark Chocolate Buttercream on the counter and nothing to put it on.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream in a glass bowl and a knife spreading a little

Don’t make my mistake! This would be amazing on Funfetti Celebration CupcakesEasy Dark Chocolate Cake, or Black Forest Cupcakes. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! Let me know in the comments if you have any other brilliant ideas for chocolate buttercream.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream being piped into a swirl

This week was really productive here, but I’m not particularly coherent so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves today. If you would like to get the same extra dark buttercream I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa for this recipe. I imagine Ghirardelli Baking Cocoa would work as well but I haven’t tried it myself.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream being piped into a swirl

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Dark Chocolate Buttercream

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By The Teatime Baker Serves: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Dark Chocolate Buttercream is the perfect cake and cupcake topping for chocolate lovers everywhere! Comes together in just 10 minutes.


  • 1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter softened
  • 5 cups (630 g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp (65 g) baking cocoa
  • 10 Tbsp milk



In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment whip the butter until creamy.


Add the chocolate, half the sugar and half the milk. Mix together starting slowly and speeding up as it combines.


Put the remaining sugar and milk in and mix until well combined.


Use to top your favorite cake or cupcakes!


Store at room temperature for several days or in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.


This is a thick piping buttercream, if you prefer it a little thinner add milk 1 tsp at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. +++ The Teatime Baker -

Dark Chocolate Buttercream is the perfect topping for your next cake or cupcakes. Just the right consistency for piping. | The Teatime Baker | Chocolate buttercream recipe | #darkchocolatebuttercream #bestchocolatebuttercream

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  • Reply
    April 10, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Well this buttercream looks just divine and super chocolatey. Yum!

    • Reply
      April 10, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Thanks Marie!

  • Reply
    October 12, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    This looks so good! We share the same love language, so I know I’m going to love this frosting. As much as I love chocolate (the darker the better), I don’t have a great dark chocolate frosting to fall back on. I would put this on a Black Magic Cake I made: The recipe I was using did not make enough frosting and I had to run out and do store bought to cover the thing. If I’d this in mind, I would have definitely used it.

    • Reply
      October 14, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Colleen! Black Magic Cake sounds really good! Isn’t is a bummer to run out of frosting? I feel like I always make way more than I need because I’m paranoid about running out 🙂

  • Reply
    October 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    My mouth is watering SO hard right now! Your photos are spectacular, as I’m sure this buttercream will be on my next cake!

    • Reply
      October 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks Melissa!

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