Time to kick your can of frosting to the curb. Made with pure cocoa powder, this no-fail chocolate frosting does the store-bought stuff one better.


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Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups


  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  • 1

    Melt the butter and pour into a large bowl.

  • 2

    Beat in the cocoa at low speed until combined.

  • 3

    Alternately add in the half of the powdered sugar and half of the milk on low to medium speed, beating well before adding next addition.

  • 4

    Once all of the ingredients are combined, add in a pinch of salt and vanilla.

  • 5

    Continue mixing on medium speed for about 3 minutes or until the frosting is creamy and smooth.