Chocolate Icing Recipe

This chocolate icing recipe yields a rich and smooth chocolate-based frosting that goes well with not only chocolate cakes but also butter cakes and cupcakes. It also holds shape well and can therefore be used to pipe designs on cakes and cupcakes.

Chocolate Icing Recipe


170g cooking chocolate

100g shortening or unsalted butter

180g icing sugar


Chop chocolate into small pieces. Put it in a heat proof bowl over a pan of hot water. Stir occasionally.

Once the chocolate is almost melted, add the shortening. Remove from heat and stir until all chocolate and shortening is melted.

Sift icing sugar to remove any lumps. Add to the chocolate mixture and beat well. 

If the icing is too dry, add a bit more shortening or butter. 

Cake Decorating Frosting - Covering Cakes with Chocolate Frosting

Covering cakes with this icing is similar to covering cakes with buttercream icingganache and royal icing simply because the consistency of this icing is similar to those icings. 

And because of this, mastering the art of smooth icing with this frosting also requires a lot of practice. The good news is, if you can master the technique of smooth icing using any one of these icings, it means you have also mastered the art of smooth icing for the rest which in turn means, you have more icing options in your portfolio.

Here is a summary of the steps required to cover a cake with chocolate frosting:

  • Spread a good amount of frosting onto the top of your cake. Smooth with a long spatula, with back and forth strokes. Once the entire top is covered, smooth the icing by holding your spatula at a 45 degrees angle on the surface of the cake and turning your turntable continuously, until the top is smooth.
  • Once the top is done, move to the sides of the cake. Again, spread a good amount of the frosting all around the cake. Hold your spatula upright at 90 degrees and with the blade slanted at 45 degrees on the side of the cake, rotate your turntable without stopping to smooth the sides of the cake. I prefer to use a dough scraper for this step. Scrap off excess frosting that has moved to the top of your cake, moving the spatula or scraper inwards to the center of the cake. Scrap the excess icing off the spatula/scraper into a mixing bowl.
  • Repeat the smoothing process for the top and sides of the cake until icing is smooth all around.  

More cake decorating frosting and icing recipes:

Buttercream Icing

Butter Icing

Chocolate Ganache


Glaze Icing

Royal Icing

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