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How to Make Chocolate Buttercream: A Simple & Luxurious Recipe

Cupcakes with chocolate buttercream on top

Learning how to make chocolate buttercream that’s luxurious and rich in flavour is a game-changer for any home baker. At Choc Affair, we understand that the perfect chocolate buttercream is essential for taking cakes and confections to the next level. That’s why we have carefully crafted this recipe on how to make chocolate buttercream using the finest ingredients. Whether you’re frosting a birthday cake or simply indulging in a chocolate treat, this chocolate buttercream recipe is exactly what you need.


  • 100g Choc Affair’s Milk Chocolate
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Step 1: Melt the Chocolate

The first step in learning how to make chocolate buttercream is melting the chocolate. Break the milk chocolate into small pieces and place them in a heatproof bowl. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave in 30-second intervals or over a pot of simmering water. Once melted, set it aside to cool slightly.

Step 2: Beat the Butter

In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the softened butter until it’s creamy and smooth. This is an essential step in ensuring your chocolate buttercream has the perfect texture.

Step 3: Sift and Combine Dry Ingredients

When figuring out how to make chocolate buttercream that’s lump-free, sifting is key. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into the bowl, then start the mixer on low speed to incorporate the dry ingredients. Gradually increase to medium speed and beat until the mixture is fluffy and combined.

Step 4: Blend in Melted Chocolate

To give your chocolate buttercream a rich flavour, add the melted chocolate to the mixing bowl and continue to beat until fully combined.

Step 5: Add Milk and Vanilla Extract

For the final touch add the milk and vanilla extract for a silky finish and extra flavour. Beat until the mixture is smooth. If the buttercream is too thick, feel free to add an extra tablespoon of milk.

Step 6: Your Chocolate Buttercream is Ready to Use

Congratulations, you now know how to make chocolate buttercream that’s luxurious and delicious. Use it generously on your cakes or pipe it onto cupcakes for a delectable treat.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Ensuring the butter is at room temperature is vital when learning how to make chocolate buttercream with a smooth texture.
  • If you’re a fan of dark chocolate, consider using Choc Affair’s Dark Chocolate in this chocolate buttercream recipe for a more intense flavour.
A bar of dark chocolate next to chocolate buttons and hot chocolate powder

Now that you know how to make chocolate buttercream that’s rich, creamy, and irresistibly delicious, your baked goods will never be the same again. This Choc Affair recipe is simple yet indulgent and is sure to impress. Enjoy spreading and piping this luxurious chocolate buttercream on your favourite desserts. Happy baking!


About Linda

Linda is the founder of Choc Affair, with a passion for creating wonderfully delicious chocolates, that are ethically made.