Perfect Chocolate Frosting
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Recipe from my mother-in-law Pat, adapted from the back of the Hershey's cocoa powder container
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ - 2¾ cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  1. Melt the butter in a large bowl in the microwave, in 20 second increments until butter is just melted.
  2. Whisk in cocoa powder and vanilla extract.
  3. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar to the bowl. Using a hand mixer, start on low and beat in the powdered sugar, increasing the speed to medium and mixing well. Add half of the milk, following the same blending technique. Add 1 more cup of the powdered sugar, mixing as described, then the rest of the milk, mixing once again starting on low and increasing to medium speed.
  4. Add ½ cup of powdered sugar (this brings you to 2½ cups) and blend well, starting on low then moving up to medium speed. If you want the frosting to be a little thicker, add up to ¼ cup more of powdered sugar.
  5. Makes enough frosting for a 9" x 13" cake.
Recipe by This Week for Dinner at