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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

4.99 from 67 votes

This classic fudgy homemade chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe is rich, smooth, and absolutely perfect for covering chocolate cakes, cupcakes, or eating by the spoonful.

Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe

The completely delicious chocolate cream cheese frosting is everything you could ever want in a chocolate dessert.

If you’re looking for an easy frosting recipe that turns out perfectly with just a few basic ingredients, this is definitely the one to try because it is super thick and creamy!

The frosting can quickly be whipped up ahead of time and piped into stiff peaks. And it includes vegan, gluten free, and keto options too.

Also be sure to try this Chocolate Banana Bread

Above, watch the chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe video

Chocolate cream cheese icing ingredients

For the chocolate: this recipe uses regular cocoa powder to get that classic chocolate frosting flavor. If you add the optional 2 ounces of melted chocolate, it becomes even more deliciously dark, rich and chocolatey!

For the sweetener: powdered sugar (or erythritol for keto chocolate frosting) adds sweetness and texture to the icing, so it thickens and forms stiff peaks when whipped.

If you want frosting without powdered sugar, try this Healthy Chocolate Frosting.

The cream cheese: feel free to use your favorite regular cream cheese. For vegan frosting, you can make your own cashew cream cheese. Or use a brand such as Tofutti, Trader Joes, or Kite Hill.

The other ingredients include milk of choice, butter (once again, vegan versions can easily be used for frosting without butter), and pure vanilla extract.

For something completely different, this Chocolate Hummus also makes a great chocolate frosting!

Cream Cheese Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Frosting Recipes

Coffee Chocolate Frosting: Whip half a teaspoon of instant coffee into the frosting recipe below. Or use brewed espresso instead of the milk.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: Omit the cocoa powder, decrease the pure vanilla extract to one teaspoon, and only add the milk if needed.

Chocolate Coconut Cream Cheese: Use coconut milk as the milk of choice, and add a handful of shredded coconut and optional one eighth teaspoon of coconut extract.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

How to make cream cheese chocolate frosting

Let the cream cheese and butter come to room temperature.

Beat all ingredients with an electric mixer or or stand mixer. It can also technically be mixed by hand, but that version won’t have as much of a whipped and fluffy texture.

If the chocolate frosting is too thick, very slowly add more milk. Or if it’s too thin, beat in more powdered sugar until it reaches your desired thickness.

The recipe does not need to be refrigerated if you’re only leaving it out for a few hours at a party in a cool room or while transporting a frosted chocolate cake to an event.

Due to the perishable ingredients, I recommend covering leftover frosting and storing leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

The Best Chocolate Keto Cake Recipe

Shown above, on this Keto Cake Recipe

Forget the store bought chocolate frosting, ganache, and buttercream. You’ll want to put this chocolate cream cheese frosting over everything!

How To Make Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
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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
5 from 67 votes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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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Notes

Try using the recipe to frost a Chocolate Mug Cake.
 

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Published on May 30, 2022

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  1. Colleen says

    Is it possible to just eat this without any actual cake? Ha, ha, ha!

    How can you go wrong with chocolate and cream cheese. Win, win!

  2. Alison says

    5 stars
    I’m on a keto diet and made this for a friend who just had a baby. I licked the spatula and it was DELICIOUS! Like… DECADENT! I did have a little trouble with the frosting being a smooth consistency. I think perhaps I didn’t bring my cream cheese to room temperature all the way. There were little lumps throughout. But that was my mistake. Flavor is 1000%! I can’t wait to make the keto chocolate cake and frost it with this later tonight! So indulgent! Thank you!!

  3. sherry b says

    5 stars
    Love the flavor of this frosting!!! I have a question about the Erythritol. The recipe says 1 1/2-3 cups of powdered sugar or erythritol. Is the amount for erythritol the same as the powdered sugar? I put in 1 1/2 cups. It seemed like too much when I was pouring it in, but it tasted delicious!!!

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