In this luscious alternative to chocolate buttercream, the addition of cream cheese cuts the sweetness and lends a lovely tangy flavour. For a darker frosting, you can add more cocoa or up to 110g of melted chocolate.
Perfect. Some tips: beat the cream cheese and butter together until light, fluffy and free of lumps. Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder together before adding - again, to ensure no lumps or bumps. Finally, I'd suggest not adding ANY milk until the end, and then do so little by little! Particularly if you're going to pipe this frosting, as I did, you won't want to use the full amount! I wanted a pure chocolate frosting so I didn't add the cinnamon and this is exactly what I was looking for. Smooth, richly chocolate, and the cream cheese makes this a not-too-sweet frosting. I used this to frost "Lori's White Bread Cake," also from this site (a little plug for that lonely but exceptional recipe!) and it was like gilding the lily! - 20 Jan 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is an excellent frosting and I have made it a few times in the last few months before writing this review (wanted to give it a fair shake). I have found that if you eat it the same day you make it, the flavors have not had time to "blend," and the powdered sugar can destinctly be tasted. So, frost and wait a day to allow the cream cheese and sugar to meld together. A lovely, rather expensive-tasting (so be sure the cake deserves it!) frosting. - 03 Mar 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
YUM! YUM! YUMMY!!! I was tempted to just eat this out of the bowl! Tangy, sweet, and awe-inspiring. I used it to frost the "Deep Dark Chocolate Cake," and the combo was amazing! I did tweak it a bit though: Only 3 cups of powdered sugar (4 seemed like too much), and I ditched the cinnamon completely. It's a good recipe that can be adjusted to suit your personal taste. - 18 Nov 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)