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Basic Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Rich, chocolatey, smooth and creamy chocolate frosting – with vegan, gluten free, and keto options included.

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

How to make a basic chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe from scratch, perfect for cakes or cupcakes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 2 cups
4.9 from 9 votes


  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • optional 2 oz melted chocolate
  • 8 oz cream cheese or vegan cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter (including vegan options such as Melt or Miyokos)
  • 1 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar, or erythritol for keto
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 – 4 tbsp milk of choice


  • Adapted from the frosting on these Pumpkin Cupcakes
    Let cream cheese and butter spread come to room temperature. Beat all ingredients with an electric mixer or stand mixer (or by hand, which won’t be as whipped and fluffy but still works). If too thick, very slowly add more milk of choice. If too thin, add additional powdered sugar. Cover and refrigerate leftover frosting for up to a week.

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