Learn how to make chocolate cream cheese frosting with this easy tutorial. This frosting is super creamy and pipes perfectly!
One of the most popular frosting recipes on my site is this homemade cream cheese frosting. It’s one of my favorite recipes to use because it pairs beautifully with so many different desserts.
So, I decided to create a chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe to share with you! Because the only thing better than regular cream cheese frosting is one with chocolate in it. Right?
This frosting is also incredibly smooth, creamy, and super chocolatey. An added bonus? You only need 5 ingredients to make it and it only takes a few minutes to mix together!
How To Make Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
To make this frosting, you’ll start out by beating together one stick of unsalted butter and one 8-ounce package of cream cheese. When it comes to the butter and cream cheese, make sure to set them out ahead of time so they can come to room temperature. This will ensure a much smoother and creamier frosting.
I also suggest using full-fat cream cheese for a creamier, richer frosting, but reduced fat will work too. I don’t suggest using fat-free cream cheese for this recipe though because it doesn’t taste nearly as good.
Then, you’ll beat in some pure vanilla extract and powdered sugar. You can feel free to sift the powdered sugar first, but I don’t really find it necessary for this step so I skip it.
At this point, I suggest stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl as you’re mixing in the vanilla extract and powdered sugar. This will ensure that everything is well combined before you mix in the cocoa powder.
Then, sift the unsweetened cocoa powder. I know, I told you it’s okay to skip sifting the powdered sugar, but it is necessary for the cocoa powder. By sifting the cocoa powder, you can remove any large lumps that could end up in your frosting. Trust me when I say that there’s nothing more unpleasant than biting into a chunk of unsweetened cocoa powder.
Once the cocoa powder is incorporated, you can either refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it or go ahead and frost your cupcakes or cake.
Does this frosting need to be refrigerated or is it okay to leave it at room temperature?
Since this recipe uses cream cheese it does need to be refrigerated. The frosting will be fine for an hour or two at room temperature, but I do suggest refrigerating it for any period of time longer than that.
What are some different ways to use this frosting?
How much frosting will this recipe make and how many cupcakes will it frost?
This recipe will make 3 cups of frosting, which is enough to generously frost 14-16 cupcakes. This is also enough frosting to frost a 9×13 cake or lightly frost a two-layer cake. If you prefer more frosting on a two-layer cake or need some to decorate with, I suggest multiplying this recipe by one and a half.
Baking Tips For Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
- Make sure to set your cream cheese and butter out ahead of time to come to room temperature. This will ensure a much smoother frosting.
- I suggest using full-fat cream cheese for a richer, creamier frosting.
- If you prefer to use less sugar, you may reduce the powdered sugar in this recipe from 3 cups (360 grams) down to 2 and 1/2 cups (300 grams).
- Be sure to sift your cocoa powder to remove any large lumps before mixing it into the frosting.
- For the cupcakes in this post, I used the Wilton 1M piping tip!
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 3 cups (360 grams) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (45 grams) natural unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using an electric hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together for 1-2 minutes or until well combined.
- Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue mixing until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Then, mix in the sifted cocoa powder and mix until fully combined. Use the frosting to frost your favorite cake or cupcakes and enjoy!