Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Magnolia Bakery’s Chocolate Buttercream Icing


1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk
9 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar


  1. To melt the chocolate, place in a double boiler over simmering water on low heat for 5-10 minutes; stir occasionally until the chocolate is completely smooth and no pieces remain; remove from heat and let cool 5-15 minutes or until lukewarm.
  2. To make the buttercream: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter using an electric mixer on MEDIUM speed for about 3 minutes or until smooth.
  3. Add the milk carefully and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the melted chocolate and beat well for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the vanilla and beat for 3 minutes.
  6. Gradually add in the sugar and beat on LOW speed until creamy and of desired consistency.  Add more sugar if needed.

**For icing a 3-layer cake use the following measurements: 2 cups unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons milk, 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 cups sifted powdered sugar.

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