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Easy Fudge Frosting

This silky fudge frosting is any chocolate lover's dream! The best part of this recipe is that is fuss-free for bakers of any skill level. All you need are simple ingredients and a mixer! Then get ready to swirl or pipe this luxurious frosting!
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Course Dessert


  • ~4 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened and cut into slices
  • cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt optional


  • Combine powdered sugar and cocoa in a mixing bowl. Add the butter, boiling water, vanilla, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined.
  • Once thoroughly mixed, mix on high speed for about 2-3 minutes. Let cool for about 20 minutes or until your frosting is of desired consistency.
  • Rewhip with a mixer for a minute or two before spreading or piping on cake or cupcakes.


If the frosting is completely cooled, it may need to be rewhipped with an electric mixer for a few minutes until light and fluffy. It will be a nice and thick consistency for spreading and piping.