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Delicious chocolate icing

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Serves 12

This is a yummy, chocolate icing which is perfect for cupcakes and cakes. The best icing out there

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  • Makes enough to frost 12 cupcakes
  • 300g icing sugar, sifted
  • 100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 40g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 40ml milk
  • Few squares of Cadbury's milk chocolate, melted
  • If you are making a medium to large cake, simply double the quantity!


    1. Beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder together in freestanding electric mixer (Or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium/slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
    2. Turn the mixer down to a slower speed. Add the milk to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time.
    3. When the milk has been incorporated, add the melted chocolate.
    4. Once all the chocolate has been combined, turn the mixer up to a high speed
    5. Continue beating for about 5 minutes, until it is light and fluffy. The longer the frosting is beaten, the lighter and fluffier it becomes! Spread on anything and enjoy!!!!!!! :D

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11th Jul, 2017
Great recipe, just enough for 'Mr Whippy' style piped swirls on 12 cupcakes. I didn't use the melted chocolate, but increased the cocoa to 50g and needed a touch more milk. Piped easily and held its shape. Next time I might add a dash of vanilla extract.
23rd Mar, 2017
Thanks for the recipe.
10th Jan, 2016
It would be far more useful if this site used the American way of quoting in cups, teaspoons etc. etc instead of all this ml. g. etc which is such a bore to have to measure out.
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16th Mar, 2017
But this website is English
25th Feb, 2016
Have you read what website this recipe is on? BBC which is English so its English measurements.... If you want cups Google an American recipe.
22nd Jan, 2016
But we don't use American measurements over these the grand scheme of things measuring out in mls etc isn't all that bad!
22nd Sep, 2015
This covered an entire sponge cake for reference. a nice icing but a mess to make initially. I mixed ALL the ingredient first to reduce to 'spin off' with the electric mixer. Tastes lovely
2nd Aug, 2015
Absolutely delicious icing will definitely make it again. Half of the mixture is more than enough for 12 cupcakes. I needed a little bit more milk than stated and as everyone says do a little hand mixing first to avoid the icing sugar explosion!
12th Jun, 2015
I agree, this is a truly delicious easy to make chocolate icing.I did not even use the melted chocolate and it was delicious and "chocolatey "enough. Will make again.
4th Feb, 2014
Delicious I think that's all that needs to be said oh yes and the icing sugar does go everywhere so I gentle stirred in the milk before giving it a good mix it came out just fine thanks for sharing this recipe


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16th Mar, 2017
I would like to try this recipe but I don't own an electric whisk. Is there any point trying by hand or am I just gonna waste a lot of ingredients? Thanks
17th Mar, 2015
This is so yummy try adding a teaspoon of espresso powder i used Black and Beyond from Tesco, i also put it in my chocolate cake it really makes a difference so give it a go.