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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

A luscious chocolatey cream cheese frosting that's perfect for frosting cakes, cupcakes, or cookies! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate frosting, cream cheese frosting, frosting
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 149 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), room temp.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (brick style), room temp.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (1 lb)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)


  1. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese until fluffy. 

  2. Add in salt and vanilla extract and beat for additional minute. 

  3. Stir together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and add to mixer in 1 cup increments until fully incorporated. 

Recipe Notes

For looser frosting, add milk or heavy cream in 1 tablespoon increments. For thicker frosting, add powdered sugar in 1/4 to 1/2 cup increments until you've reached desired consistency. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 55mg2%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 19g21%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.