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chocolate whipped buttercream

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: whipped chocolate buttercream frosting
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Kara @I Scream for Buttercream
A light and whipped chocolate American buttercream frosting. Perfect for cupcakes, fillings and to top cakes.
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  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature (3 sticks)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup heavy cream (sometimes called whipping cream…NOT cool whip or ‘whipped’ cream)


  • Add the room temperature butter and the cocoa to a mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium until creamy. (Use a paddle attachment if you’re using a stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer, just use a regular handheld mixer and mix it very well until smooth and creamy.)
  • Sift the confectioner's sugar and add to the butter and cocoa mixture, then add in the vanilla, salt and half of the heavy cream.
  • Mix on medium until creamy and scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the second half of the heavy cream and mix again, then scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Turn your mixer on high and whip for about 5 minutes until the buttercream is light and fluffy.
  • Add to a cooled cake or cupcakes. Can be used as a filling for cakes or cupcakes as well.



This buttercream makes enough to cover about 24 cupcakes as a light frosting or it can fill about 36 cupcakes. If you prefer a large amount of buttercream on your layer cakes though, you may want to make a recipe and a half.
This is a light buttercream, so make sure your cake or cupcakes are cool when you add the buttercream and it should be stored in the fridge.
Nutritional values are an estimate.
Make sure to check out the TIPS & FAQs for this recipe in the blog post, which may answer questions about substitutions.
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Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg