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    Chocolate Fudge Frosting

    This chocolate fudge frosting is one of my favourite frostings of all time! It’s so rich and creamy, and best of all, is super easy to make!

    Super smooth chocolate fudge frosting

    What can I use fudge frosting for?

    This frosting can be used to ice so many different types of cakes and cupcakes! Some of my favourites include vanilla, banana and chocolate cakes! You can also use it as a filling for macarons.

    What is the shelf life?

    You can keep the frosting stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.


    Super smooth chocolate fudge frosting

    Chocolate Fudge Frosting

    The best chocolate fudge frosting of all time! So easy to put together, and so rich and creamy that you'll be eating the frosting with your spoon!
    5 from 31 votes
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    Prep Time: 2 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Cooling Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 57 minutes
    Servings: 1.5 cups

    IMPORTANT: For accuracy, I would recommend using the gram measurements provided as those are the exact quantities I use. Cup measurements are given as estimates (based on US cup measurements) to make it easier for those who do not have a scale.


    • ½ cup (113 g) cream - heavy cream, whipping cream
    • cup (200 g) 50% dark chocolate
    • ½ cup (113 g) butter - unsalted
    • ½ cup (85 g) icing/powdered sugar - sifted
    • ¼ tsp instant coffee powder
    • ¼ tsp salt - omit if using salted butter
    • 2 tsp cocoa powder - unsweetened, sifted
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract


    • Place a saucepan over medium heat and add in the cream. Heat until you begin to see little bubbles forming around the edges of the pan. The cream shouldn't be boiling.
    • Turn the heat to low and add in the cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
    • Add in the remaining ingredients and continue to gently stir until all the solid ingredients are melted and you have a very smooth mixture.
    • Strain the mixture into a heat proof bowl to get rid of any lumps (this step is optional), and then cover the top with cling wrap so that the cling wrap is directly touching the top of the frosting. This will prevent a skin from forming as it cools down.
    • Let the mixture cool completely (about 45 minutes) before using.


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    Calories: 1719kcal | Carbohydrates: 117g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 135g | Saturated Fat: 97g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 268mg | Sodium: 1067mg | Potassium: 933mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 87g | Vitamin A: 3243IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 462mg | Iron: 2mg

    Nutritional information are estimates only as they are automatically calculated by a third party application. Actual values may differ based on brands and types of products used.

    Keyword: chocolate fudge frosting, chocolate icing, fudge frosting
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    • EM

      Hii! Would this frosting work well on cupcakes, or will it ¨loose it shape¨?

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Em! This frosting is great for cupcakes, it is soft at room temp but holds its shape well 🙂 enjoy!

    • Talia

      I doubled the recipe and I’m not sure what I did wrong but the butter separated and there was a layer of butter on top after chilling in the fridge. Any idea where I went wrong??

    • zaina

      Hi im just wondering how long this frosting can last outside the fridge?

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Zaina! It will be fine to stay out for a day or two but after that it’s best to refrigerate it 🙂

    • Leanne

      This looks yummy however after cooling could this be whipped to create a fluffy frosting? Thank you

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Leanne! I haven’t tried this myself but I imagine it would work just fine 🙂

    • Iqra

      How many fudge is required for 3lb cake?? Only inside frosting

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Iqra! 🙂 So sorry but I don’t weigh my cakes so I’m not too sure how many layers a 3lb cake is sorry! But this recipe makes about 1.5 cups of frosting and would be enough to fill the inside of an 8 inch 3 layer cake 🙂

      • Pragati

        Hi! Can I use this frosting to ice a cupcake?

    • Shivani

      Hi , I was wondering can this be used to ice layer cakes as well ? Im think 3 layer cake

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Shivani! Hmm I think if the cake layers weren’t too thick it would be okay, but this frosting isn’t as stable as say a ganache, so I would probably use it as a filling rather than the actual frosting 🙂

    • Hansi Chethana

      I love to pipe 8×8 chocolate cake with this recipe using 1M nozzle to full of the cake top. Please let me know the quantity for that?

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Hansi! For that size cake, if it’s 1 layer (like a sheet cake) then I think double the recipe should be enough 🙂

    • Bailey

      Does this frosting crust like American buttercream or stay soft and fudgey?
      Thanks !!

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Bailey! This frosting stays soft 🙂

    • Home baker :)

      5 stars
      Hello! I was searching for a rich & decadent fudgy frosting (not an buttercream) and this absolutely hit the mark! It’s now my go-to recipe to frost my chocolate cake and everyone simply loves it! Thank you for sharing such a fantastic recipe!

      • Cakes by MK

        That’s awesome!! So so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe 😀

        • Iqra

          I want to make 3lb cake how many inner frosting is required??.. for outer side I’ll be using butter cream

          • Cakes by MK

            Hi Iqra! 🙂 I’m so sorry but I don’t weigh my cakes so I’m not too sure sorry!

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