Old-Fashioned Cocoa Fudge Frosting

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Sometimes, I secretly wish that I got a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. So jealous of that Charlie.

Who can resist this thick and creamy cocoa fudge frosting? You'll be spreading this on all of your cakes, cookies, and brownies from now on! We share the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/cocoa-fudge-frosting/

Fortunately, I have my own recipe for old-fashioned cocoa fudge frosting to transport me directly to chocolate paradise.

It’s thick, rich, and very fudgy!

Fudge frosting comes together by cooking some of the ingredients on the stovetop, then mixing it all together until it is thick, smooth, and absolutely divine.

Craving chocolate? Make our easy recipe for rich, old-fashioned cocoa fudge frosting! We share the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/cocoa-fudge-frosting/

This icing is typically applied to desserts while still warm, because it starts to harden quickly once it begins to cool, just like fudge. When it is completely set on the dessert, it will develop a very thin and sugary crust, and will be moist and firm underneath.

But my version is a little different… and even more decadent!

It stays soft and spreadable, so you don’t have to worry about scrambling to spread it on your dessert! Even though it does set slightly, it will still be rich and luscious, with no crust.

Cover your cakes, cookies, and brownies in our thick and creamy recipe for old-fashioned cocoa fudge frosting! Get the recipe now: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/cocoa-fudge-frosting/

You can use it on so many sweet treats – use it to decorate cakes, like I did with this chocolate cake, or as a topping for brownies and cookies. Have fun looking through our recipes for desserts to see all of the delicious possibilities.

Are you ready to make Willy Wonka himself jealous with this rich and fudgy icing? Let’s get to the recipe!

The Recipe

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Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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The Best Old-Fashioned Cocoa Fudge Icing
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Rating: 3.07
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Massive chocolate craving? Make our easy recipe for smooth and rich old-fashioned cocoa fudge frosting to spread on your favorite desserts. Now on Foodal.
Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter room temperature
  • 6 ounces cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 4 ounces corn syrup
  • 5 ounces water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound Powdered sugar sifted
Servings: cups
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Instructions
  1. Blend the butter with the cocoa powder in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the corn syrup and mix until very thick and smooth. Scrape down the bowl.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a small pot. With the mixer running on low, gradually add the hot water into the butter mixture. Add vanilla and salt, and scrape down the bowl.
  3. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time to the bowl and beat for 2 minutes on high speed, until the icing is completely smooth, glossy, and thick. You may not need all of the sugar.
  4. Decorate as you wish!

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
The Best Old-Fashioned Cocoa Fudge Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 981 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 80%
Saturated Fat 33g 165%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Potassium 872mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 145g 48%
Dietary Fiber 19g 76%
Sugars 95g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 32%
Calcium 8%
Iron 44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Mix Butter, Cocoa Powder, and Corn Syrup

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Mix the butter and cocoa powder together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

Be sure to start on the lowest speed before increasing to a medium-high speed – you don’t want a cocoa powder explosion all over your mixer and kitchen counter! But we’ll help you clean up, if that does happen.

Beat until all the butter and cocoa powder is evenly incorporated. Add the corn syrup and mix until blended together. It will be very thick. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Step 2 – Add Hot Water

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Place the water in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil on the stovetop. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually and carefully pour the hot water into the butter mixture. Mix in the vanilla extract and salt. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Don’t be alarmed if the mixture looks lumpy and weird! It’s totally fine!

The smooth, luscious magic is coming in the next step, once you add the sugar…

Step 3 – Add Powdered Sugar

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Sift the powdered sugar, and add it to the mixing bowl. Beat on high speed until the icing is shiny, smooth, and thick, about 2 minutes.

Step 4 – Decorate and Serve

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Decorate as you wish, either spreading or piping it on your dessert. Allow it to set slightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator before serving.

Store any extra frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will continue to harden. When ready to use, let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, and re-beat it in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until soft and smooth.

Who Needs A Golden Ticket?

Even without a golden pass to Wonka’s chocolate factory, you can still experience a completely over-the-top experience with my recipe for cocoa fudge icing!

And you don’t have to fall in a chocolate river, like poor Augustus Gloop!

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe | Foodal.com

Want more chocolaty icing recipes? We have quite a selection! Try our chocolate versions of American-style buttercream, or our Swiss meringue buttercream.

If you are looking for another recipe that is equally as luscious, our ganache recipe is sure to please!

Who loves this style of icing? What is your technique for making old-fashioned fudge frosting? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!


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Massive chocolate craving? Make our easy recipe for smooth and rich old-fashioned cocoa fudge frosting to use on your favorite desserts. You'll be spreading this on all of your cakes, cookies, and brownies from now on! Who can say no something so thick, creamy, and chocolaty? We share this irresistible recipe now on Foodal.

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best grub, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

16 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Cocoa Fudge Frosting”

    • Thank you so much, Jodi. You should try the recipe soon! Any ideas for what dessert you would use as the base?

  1. I do mine differently. Melt 2oz butter in 2 tblsp milk over gentle heat. Sift 8oz icing sugar with 2oz cocoa powder. When butter is completely melted, add the buttery milk to the powders and mix quickly. You can change the consistency by adding more sugar or warm milk. I will have to try your version as a comparison now though!!

    • Thanks for your version, Debbie! There are quite a few ways to make this icing… and they’re all so tasty! I’ll definitely use your recipe the next time I am craving a chocolaty treat. Which will probably be soon. Very soon.

  2. When converting weights, I messed something up and ended up with liquid icing. I added a bit more cocoa, butter and sugar but I was wondering about the conversions. Weighing might be required but in case it isn’t, can I get the cup and tablespoon measurements? Thank you. And… yummy! I want this one to be my go to chocolate fudge icing.

    • Uh-oh! Sorry you had some trouble! I typically use a scale to weigh my ingredients, which gives you a precisely measured (and very delicious) outcome! To help you, use the following measurements in cups and teaspoons:

      1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
      1 3/4 cups cocoa powder
      1/3 cup corn syrup
      2/3 cup water
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  3. Fabulous!! Tastes great! The corn syrup added a nice creamy texture with a glossy finish that was very easy to work with. My decorating skills aren’t the greatest. This allowed me to play with it until I was happy with the final result.

    • Stephanie, I’m glad you made the recipe! And that’s exactly what I adore about my recipe – it’s stays pretty soft, so you can easily decorate. I just made a batch of cupcakes yesterday and used this as the icing. So easy to pipe or spread!

  4. I made this frosting to top some Ghiradelli brownies but I didn’t need this much so I used my new kitchen scale to reduce the amounts. Turned out smooth and creamy. A bit too sweet for my taste but perfect on top of brownies.

  5. I had to add an extra cup of powdered sugar and then refrigerate this because it was so runny. I ended up pouring it on my cake and a lot of it slipped right off. I will probably add even more PS next time. It tasted great with my adjustment and got great reviews from my taste testers.

  6. I was looking on Pinterest for a good cocoa fudge frosting recipe to top my mother’s good chocolate cake.

    The amounts in cups would be most helpful.
    Giving it a try tonight for an event tomorrow.

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