For those who follow me on Instagram, you may have been watching my chocolate cake progress over the last few months! I have used a few Pinterest recipes for the chocolate cake and they have all turned out well.  For the buttercream and ganache though, I keep toying with it to get the flavor and consistencies I like!  The ganache is still a work in process because it’s not dripping the way I want it to *heavy sighs*.  This go around, I made a cake for my sister’s birthday and it was a beauty plus the chocolate buttercream came out PERFECT.  So check out my whipped chocolate buttercream frosting recipe!

The Recipe

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

A delicious whipped chocolate buttercream frosting that is simple to make! 


  • 3 Sticks Unsalted Butter (At Room Temperature)
  • 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Ensure that the butter is room temperature before starting.  Whip the butter using a hand or stand mixer for several minutes until the butter is almost white. 

  2. Begin adding the powdered sugar in intervals, one cup at a time. Between each cup, whip the butter to completely mix in the powdered sugar.  Continue until all five cups have been added. 

  3. Add Vanilla Extract and Cocoa Powder to the mixture.  Mix until frosting has a light brown color. 

  4. Add in whipping cream one tablespoon at a time.  Add more or less depending on how "whipped" you would like the frosting to be.  The frosting is ready to use immediately!  It can be stored in the fridge, but be sure that it is at room temperature before frosting.

The Takeaway

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

A close up of this beauty!

A few notes that I thought were helpful

  • If your powdered sugar is lumpy, consider sifting it first.  With a chocolate buttercream you really do not white random white lumps throughout it!
  • I randomly used Trader Joe’s unsalted butter one day for my buttercream and have stuck with it ever since.  For the most part, my favorite ingredients for this come from TJ’s including their organic powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  • I tend to use my KitchenAid stand mixer for buttercream with the standard attachment because I over blend my buttercream and my arms cannot take that.
  • My family and I prefer the lighter chocolate, but feel free to add more cocoa powder!
  • Oh also here is a cheat that I used for this cake!  The ganache I needed to dip the strawberries is different than the ganache for the top layer of the cake.  I was not in the mood to make two batches, so I used this quick product called the ChocoMaker Simply Melt for the strawberries! I found it at HEB and it’s so easy.  Throw it in the microwave and dip your chocolate afterwards

Hope you enjoy this whipped chocolate buttercream frosting and check back for my updates on this ganache which is a work in progress :).

*Check out my other buttercream recipe here*