Easy chocolate frosting on a chocolate cupcake.

Easy Chocolate Frosting

If you're a chocolate lover, you'll adore this easy chocolate frosting - made the cheat's way!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 servings
Calories 135
Author Nora


  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate broken into pieces (if not using melting chocolate chips) (see note 1)


  • Heat the cream: Pour the heavy whipping cream into a medium saucepan and heat it over medium-high heat just before it reaches boiling point. Take off the heat.
  • Melt in the chocolate: Add the chocolate to the hot cream and whisk until it has melted and is fully incorporated. Make sure there's no chocolate sticking to the bottom of the saucepan!
  • Chill: Chill the mix until it reaches fridge temperature. (see note 2)
  • Whip: Once the mix is chilled, beat it with a handheld mixer until it's thick and fluffy - this will only take about 10 seconds! Then use it to decorate your cakes or cupcakes. (see note 3)


1: Any kind of chocolate works for this recipe - I usually do dark chocolate, but I've also made it with milk chocolate or a mix and it's always delicious! You can either chop up a bar or use chocolate chips. Just make sure it's chocolate that melts well, not the kind that's supposed to keep its shape for chocolate chip muffins etc.
2: This is best done outside during fall/winter. If it's hot outside, allow it to get to room temperature before placing it in the fridge!! This works out a lot quicker if you transfer it to a chilled bowl.
3: This makes enough frosting for 1 8-inch cake, 1 sheet cake or about 16 cupcakes (unless you want a large pile of frosting on each cupcake). The frosting is easier to spread if you let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes once it's whipped. Don't leave decorated cakes out in the warmth, the frosting will get soft. If you need it to hold up for a longer time, you can add some whipped cream stabiliser to the frosting.


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 84mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.8mg