Chocolate buttercream icing

    20 min

    This decadently chocolaty icing is perfect for birthday cakes, cupcakes and fairy cakes.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 335g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa
    • 450g unsalted butter
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 475g icing sugar
    • 2 eggs

    Prep:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Melt the dark chocolate, and allow to cool slightly.
    2. Place the butter, salt and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until very light and airy, about 4 minutes. Add the icing sugar a little at a time while beating on low speed. Mix well, and beat on medium speed for about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat for 5 minutes more. Add the melted chocolate, and beat 4 minutes.

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    this is BY FAR the nicest, creamiest buttercream icing I have EVER tasted! Huge quantities, so I halved the recipe and it gave me enough for about 30 large cupcakes - piped on!! FANTASTIC recipe thank you - It's a keeper!!  -  16 Apr 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. really nice and easy to put together, was too sweet for me so added cocoa too  -  08 Dec 2008


    Used different ingredients. cocoa instead of chocolate  -  07 Nov 2009