When it comes baking a cake, choosing the right frosting recipe is a must. With chocolate cake it’s paramount. I’ve made one too many cakes where the frosting is just . . . blah.
So I’ve found a good old standby that’s served me well quite a few times.
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla (homemade rum vanilla is my favorite)
Place butter in a saucepan and melt completely. Next mix in cocoa powder. Be sure to alternate mixing powdered sugar and milk while constantly stirring. (It took me quite a while to get the hang of that.) Add more milk to reach desired consistency. I love frosting that clings to the cake but can spread easily across the cake’s cooled surface. Don’t forget the vanilla.
Yields about 2 cups of frosting.