This 1 Minute Chocolate Frosting is sweet, chocolatey and decadent! A simple, quick and easy chocolate frosting recipe!
Quick and Easy Chocolate Icing
Do you ever bake something and need a simple and quick icing or frosting that isn’t as intense as Chocolate Buttercream? This 1 Minute Chocolate Frosting is the answer, it’s a basic chocolate frosting that’s sweet, has a strong chocolate flavor and is ridiculously quick to make – only 1 minute! I use it to top cookies, brownies and even cakes.
Simple Chocolate Frosting
This recipe uses much less butter than traditional chocolate frostings which means there’s no reason for a stand mixer or a hand mixer, you’ll just need a bowl and a whisk. The ingredients list is super short of pantry staples that you’ll most likely already have on hand which makes it so simple and easy!
What is the difference between Frosting and Icing?
Technically frosting is used to describe buttercream and anything that is whipped and fluffy, whereas icing is used more for glazes and thinner consistencies. Here in New Zealand we call everything icing and don’t really use the term frostings – I think this may be because we call powdered sugar icing sugar. Either way they are both delicious!
What to use this 1 Minute Chocolate Frosting with?
1 Minute Chocolate Frosting Ingredients
2 Tbsp / 30g Butter – Make sure your butter is at room temperature or else it won’t mix in to the frosting well.
1 Cup / 125g Powdered Sugar / Icing Sugar – These are both the same ingredient just different names in different parts of the world.
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder – Use a high quality unsweetened cocoa powder for the best flavor.
1/2 tsp Salt – Salt helps to helps to intensify the chocolate flavor so don’t miss it!
1-2 Tbsp Hot Water – The water helps to soften the butter even more so make sure it’s really hot for this recipe.
How to Make 1 Minute Chocolate Frosting
Bring some water to the boil in kettle or in a small saucepan over high heat. Once it is boiling set aside.
In a medium sized mixing bowl add the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
Pour over the hot water and use a whisk to combine the ingredients together until whipped and smooth.
Add more water if needed for a thinner consistency.
Common Questions about this 1 Minute Chocolate Frosting Recipe
Can I make this Frosting without a hand mixer?
Yes! All you need is a bowl and a whisk. This Chocolate Frosting doesn’t use much butter so there is no need to whip is up like buttercream.
How to Make Chocolate Icing with Cocoa Powder?
This recipe just uses cocoa powder for chocolate flavor so it’s really important to use a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder. You can add some melted chocolate to the recipe is you would like but it’s not necessary at all.
How long does this chocolate frosting keep for?
It will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature, 1 week in the fridge or 3-4 months in the freezer. Keep in an airtight container and give is another whisk before you use it. It may need a little more hot water to thin out the consistency if it’s gotten too thick.
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1 Minute Chocolate Frosting
This 1 Minute Chocolate Icing is sweet, chocolatey and decadent! A simple, quick and easy frosting recipe!
- 2 Tbsp / 30g Butter
- 1 Cup / 125g Powdered Sugar / Icing Sugar
- 2 Tbsp / 12g Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1-2 Tbsp Hot Water
- Bring some water to the boil in kettle or in a small saucepan over high heat. Once it is boiling set aside.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl add the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
- Pour over the hot water and use a whisk to combine the ingredients together until whipped and smooth.
- Add more water if needed for a thinner consistency.
Use the Chocolate Frosting immediately as it will start to thicken as it sits.
More hot water can be added to thin out the consistency if it has set.
The recipe can easily be doubled or tripped to make a larger amount.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1217Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1362mgCarbohydrates: 252gFiber: 2gSugar: 240gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is estimated and not always correct
Monday 27th of February 2023
i love this recipe but i did not see a thing for if it ies too thick but over all i love this recipie
Sunday 22nd of January 2023
followed the recipe exact and my frosting is extremely runny.... im assuming it was the margarine i used
Thursday 10th of November 2022
This was super easy and really delicious. My only edit would be to sift the confectioner's sugar and cocoa so there would be zero lumps. But other than that, it was so tasty and worked really well on top of my brownies. I like that it dries soft and it stays glossy, but you don't get "wet" when you touch it. It holds shape if you want to use an offset spatula to make texture, but you can't use it for piping and such.
Thursday 27th of October 2022
This is a gorgeous and simple chocolate frosting. Thank you for the recipe! I was hunting around for a low-butter frosting as I was running out and we live in the sticks and I didn't want to go driving for an hour just to get some. Only makes a small quantity though, I had to double it half-way through making it when I realised how little there was, and it was still only just enough for a large sheet cake. But the flavour and consistency is just perfect!! 🙏❤️
Friday 16th of September 2022
Its Awesome I really like your method I will try this at home, I love to cooking and learning your teaching method about making or cooking its too good Miss