Extra-Rich Chocolate Frosting


Looking for an extra-special chocolate frosting to take your next cake or batch of cupcakes over the top? Here it is! It comes together in minutes (no mixer required!) and tastes like heaven.

Photography Credit: Alison Bickel

This chocolate frosting is pure decadence. It produces such a thick, delicious, spreadable frosting, it almost seems like magic.

You’ll have fun making swirls or stripes or whatever whimsical patterns your spoon or spatula leads you to!

I used this frosting to make this Sour Cream Chocolate Cake, but you could use it to frost a layer cake, a batch of cupcake, or any baked good that would do well with some chocolate frosting.

What to Make with This Frosting!

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Extra-Rich Chocolate Frosting Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups


  • 8 ounces (227 g) semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (225 g) sour cream, left at room temperature for 20 minutes
  • 3/4 cup (95 g) powdered sugar, sifted into a bowl
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


1 Melt the chocolate: Put the 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of hot but not boiling water. The bowl should not touch the water.

Let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula. Remove the bowl from the water and wipe the bottom dry. Cool, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

2 Add the sour cream gradually, stirring well with the rubber spatula.

3 Add the powdered sugar gradually, then the vanilla and salt. Stir until the mixture is smooth and thickens like frosting.

Use the frosting right away to frost a cake or batch of cupcakes. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for several days.

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Sheryl Julian

Sheryl Julian is an award-winning writer, editor, and food stylist. She is the former food editor of The Boston Globe, co-author of The Way We Cook, and editor of The New Boston Globe Cookbook. Her food sections won Best Newspaper Food Coverage from the Association of Food Journalists in 2015.

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  1. Beverly klinzing

    It’s kinda tangy, not sure I like the frosting, just made it. Don’t have it in the cake yet. Was going to give it to my neighbor but I’m not sure if they will like it. I’m new in the neighborhood. Cake looks good, I doubled everything cake and frosting.


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  2. Felixity

    Tangy & rich, I like it!


  3. [email protected]

    It needs less sour cream or more sugar. It was not sweet enough.


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