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Easy Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Easy Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Quick and easy chocolate fudge frosting recipe and no powdered sugar needed! This rich and delicious frosting is great for topping cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes and even waffles.

If you need a fudge frosting that’s packed with chocolatey flavor then this is a great recipe for you. It’s made with just a handful of simple ingredients, and unlike most recipes out there, no powdered sugar needed.

Instead, you will use granulated sugar and mix it until it’s thick and creamy. This is a great all-around frosting that can be used with any type of dessert.

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Before frosting your cake, place it on a platter or cake plate that is at least two inches bigger than your cake, all the way around. Then rip strips of wax paper or parchment paper and place it on the edge of your cake plate before frosting your cake. This will keep your cake pan clean of frosting and make for a wonderful presentation.

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How to Make Homemade Chocolate Fudge Frosting for Cakes Cupcakes and More

thin slice of fudge frosted chocolate cake on table

This is one of my boys’ favorite frostings and they request it for their birthday cakes. It’s got a great flavor and texture and works equally well topping cupcake and cakes as it does on cookies and brownies.

Prep time is under ten minutes and then into the refrigerator to chill. For this recipe, I usually make it ahead of time to ensure it get’s enough chill time to set.

The only equipment you need is a saucepan, hand mixer, and mixing bowl. It’s a super easy recipe to whip together!

You can store your frosting in a covered bowl or directly in a piping bag. This particular frosting holds it’s shape best when cold, so store your frosting in the refrigerator.

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Ingredients and Alternatives

overhead view of bakers chocolate squares on wooden table

If you like recipes without a lot of complicated ingredients, you’re going to love this frosting! And even though most chocolate frosting recipes call for powdered sugar, we will be using granulated sugar instead.

Ingredients List

  • Unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

Chocolate: I love the texture and flavor that baker’s chocolate provides. Go with unsweetened baker’s chocolate squares as the sweetened variety will provide too much sugar for our recipe. If you need an alternative, go with 4 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder with an additional 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter.

Milk: Milk is both a binder as well as included for it’s butterfat content. I recommend using whole fat milk, but you can use 2% if that’s all you have on hand. I wouldn’t go with a lower fat milk though. You can also opt for 1/4 cup of evaporated milk.

Sugar: While most recipe out there require powdered sugar, this one uses regular white sugar. It’s a great recipe for when you’re all out of powdered sugar.

Vanilla Extract: This is added to enhance the flavor of our frosting. While I wouldn’t omit it entirely, you can replace it with another extract such as almond.

When frosting a multi layer cake, use the largest cake piece as the bottom and the flattest topped piece as your top layer.

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Simple Recipe Instructions

boiling chocolate fudge in saucepan for frosting

In just a few minutes you can have your recipe prepared and chilling in the refrigerator. Remember that it does need some time to cool before mixing, so prepare it before you bake your cake or cupcakes.

But other than that, this recipe is super easy and quick to make. So once you have all your ingredients together, it’s time to make your frosting!

Step 1: Combine all your ingredients, except for your vanilla extract, and stir over heat.

Step 2: Boil your mixture for two and a half minutes.

Step 3: Remove from heat and stir in your vanilla extract.

Step 4: Chill your frosting until it has completely cooled then whip until desired consistency is achieved.

Step 5: Frost you dessert and enjoy!

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closeup of slice of chocolate layer cake with chocolate fudge frosting

Easy Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Smooth and rich chocolate frosting perfect for all sorts of tasty treats. Try it on cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and even waffles and crepes.
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 76 kcal


  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Hand Mixer


  • oz Baker's Chocolate Squares unsweetened
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 8 Tbs Salted Butter
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Add your chocolate, sugar, butter, and milk to your saucepan.
  • While stirring constantly bring to a boil. Boil while stirring for 2½ minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in your vanilla extract, and transfer to your mixing bowl. Chill until completely cooled.
  • Mix on high until frosting reaches desired consistency.
  • Frost your dessert and enjoy!


Calories: 76kcal
Keyword Chocolate Fudge Frosting, No Powdered Sugar
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