Let’s face it, nothing finishes off a cake like a thick layer of moist chocolate icing. It might not be great for the waistline, but it sure pleases the taste buds! Below you’ll find several great chocolate icing recipes – one for simple chocolate icing, one for fluffy chocolate frosting and one for chocolate cream topping.

Simple Chocolate Icing Recipe

This is a great icing recipe when the kitchen cupboards are a bit bare or you don’t have much time


  • 1 ½ cups of icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa (not hot chocolate powder)
  • 25 grams of butter


  1. Sieve the cocoa and icing sugar into a bowl.
  2. Chop the butter and add to the bowl.
  3. Add one tablespoon of hot water and mix all the ingredients until they form a smooth, glossy paste of a uniform colour.

Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Chocolate frosting takes just a little longer than simple chocolate icing, but it’s well worth the extra time. Fluffy, decadent and utterly delicious! An electric mixer is useful for this recipe, but you can also make it by hand using a wooden spoon and a little elbow grease.


  • 120 grams of butter
  • 2 ½ cups of icing sugar
  • ½ cup of cocoa
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence


  1. Chop the butter, place it in a bowl and cream it using an electric mixer or wooden spoon.
  2. Add the cocoa and the icing sugar a little at a time and beat into the butter.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla essence, mix until smooth and light.

Chocolate Cream Cake Topping

This is a sumptuous topping that adds a creamy moistness to any cake.


  • 1 cup of single cream
  • 150 grams of dark chocolate


  1. Place the chocolate in a bain marie and melt over a low heat. If you don’t have a bain marie pour a few inches of water into a large saucepan and place a smaller saucepan so that it’s base sits in the water. Put the chocolate in the smaller saucepan and bring the water to a low boil. If you are tempted to just melt the chocolate in a saucepan over direct heat – don’t. The chocolate will melt, but it will also become stiff and coagulated and its flavour will be impaired.
  2. Once the chocolate is melted remove from the heat and stir in the cream.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow to cool.
  4. Stirring occasionally during the cooling process will help to keep the topping consistent.
  5. When the mixture has reached room temperature apply to your cake.

Chocolate Heaven

A fresh-baked cake is a treat at anytime, but why not go that extra mile? Use one of the chocolate icing recipes above and take your friends and family to chocolate heaven.

Chocolate Icing Recipe, 3.4 out of 5 based on 47 ratings

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  1. Gus says:

    The Simple Chocolate Icing Recipe is one of the worst I have tried. Way too much Cocoa, it ends up far to dark. And you need about 1/2 cup of water to mix this all together. Probably has ruined what I made…

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  2. Rach says:

    Wayyyyyyy to much cocoa lol I’m not much of a baker but omg 1 and half cups of cocoa????? tablespoons sounds more like it.

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    Rating: 3.8/5 (40 votes cast)
  3. Gus says:

    OMG Thank you Rach! Nobody believed me that the recipe said 1 1/2 cups. Now they have changed it, I still look like I was lying hahah. Cheers Rach

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    Rating: 3.8/5 (30 votes cast)
  4. Vicki says:

    Simple chocolate icing recipe has good amount of cocoa, but wrong amount of water as Gus said in 2010. I put dry ingredients and butter in food processor, then added boiling water from the kettle until the consistency was right. You should correct the amount of water required.

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  5. aroha says:

    OMG the chocolate icing recipe is sooo delicious and easy to make…

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  6. jain says:

    aroha i agree you

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  7. Trisarna says:

    I agree way too much chocolate i made this for my hubbys birthday and the whole family said was way too sweet and hubby ended up with a tooth ache :(

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  8. AR says:

    Be careful not to add too much water! Adding a bit of lemon extract/lemon juice gives it a nice flavour

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    Rating: 2.9/5 (15 votes cast)
  9. lauren says:

    hey wayyyyy too much cocoa i’ve been baking 9 years and tried this recipe way too chocolaty!! fix it asap!

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  10. Blair says:

    The simple chocolate icing recipe was horrible. Wouldn’t recommend making that one.

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  11. Joshua says:

    Very nice maybe next put a little bit more icing sugar.

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  12. Katy says:

    So shall I use half a cup, a full cup or tablespoons for my chocolate icing?

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    Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

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