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Best Ever Chocolate Frosting

This is honest-to-goodness the best chocolate frosting I've ever eaten in my entire life. Silky smooth like store-bought, but tastes SO MUCH BETTER! Oh you guys. This frosting. This frosting!!!

I seriously don’t even have words to tell you how in love I am with this recipe, but I’ll try anyway…

You know how a part of you secretly (or, I guess, not-so-secretly for some of us) really loves store-bought, canned frosting despite the bizarrely effective preservatives and icky film it leaves in your mouth? C’mon. You know you do.

I definitely do. Like, to an embarrassing fault–  when I was in college, I’d keep a can of the stuff in our refrigerator and eat a few spoonfuls a day, like ice cream. #gross #Iknow


Anyway. I think what I like best about the canned kind is how smooth and cream it is. And how deep, dark, fudgy-chocolate-y it is. I mean, I adore my chocolate buttercream, I do. But a buttercream doesn’t exactly hit the same notes as a good ol’ can of Duncan Hines, does it?

This is honest-to-goodness the best chocolate frosting I've ever eaten in my entire life. Silky smooth like store-bought, but tastes SO MUCH BETTER!

Well, this stuff does. It’s smooth, it’s rich, and it’s full of deep, dark chocolate flavor. It’s just the right amount of fudgy (uh, which is an extreme amount, if you were wondering), and it’s spreads on to a cake like a dream. You can warm it up and pour it like ganache (divine). Or you could even firm it up in the fridge to a truffle-like consistency.

It is incredibly, incredibly easy to make! I accidentally stumbled upon this recipe on the BHG website, and they recommend making it over the stove and stirring by hand. But I, in my infinite laziness, used the microwave and hand mixer (I’m sure a stand mixer would work too)! Feel free to use either method, but trust me– the lazy way still yields an incredibly dreamy result.

So….. make this now! Tonight! Seriously. I’ve already used this in TWO different recipes I’ll be sharing soon, and I plan to keep a batch on hand for all of my chocolate emergencies from now on. It’s seriously perfect for everything (drizzling, dipping, spreading, scooping, sandwiching, to name a few). Just do it!

Best Ever Chocolate Frosting

Yield: approximately 4 cups


  • 12 ounce package semisweet (or any mixture of) chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 8 ounces sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.


  1. Place the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds, or until butter is melted completely.
  2. Add the chocolate chips to the bowl and stir until chocolate chips are very melted. When you feel like the chocolate chips won't melt any more just from being in the warm butter, place the bowl back in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Remove and stir until chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth (nuke an additional 30 seconds if necessary).
  3. Use an electric mixer to mix in the sour cream.
  4. Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time and the vanilla extract, mixing well in between each addition.
  5. Use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Warm in the microwave in 30 second increments for spreading after refrigerating.


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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

15 comments on “Best Ever Chocolate Frosting”

  1. I love this–I truly do! I don’t always have milk on hand but I do always have my Greek yogurt! I am definitely sharing this and trying it on my next chocolate cake!

  2. Love this. I’ve made sour cream frosting before (I think it was an Ina Garten recipe?) anyway, you cannot go wrong with butter, cream in any form, sugar, and chocolate. And eating canned frosting by the spoonful? Hasn’t everyone done that at one point or another? I mean that’s what 2am’s after a long night out in college were made for, right? That, or PB with a spoon dipped into the frosting :)

  3. When I was about eight I made a vow to myself that when I grew up, I’d eat a can of frosting daily. Unfortunately, growing up made me realize that metabolism doesn’t work that way, haha.

    All that to say, I’m sure that I’ll loooove this! I have a few birthday cakes to make soon, and I’m sure this’ll make them a million times better!

  4. YAYYY for fudgy chocolatey frosting!!!! This looks so thick and creamy and incredible

  5. Um, I have a can of frosting in my fridge right now….so…yeah. This is fabulous!

  6. I seriously want to lick the screen!

  7. Wait, I can make frosting with Greek yogurt? (Drops laptop and runs to fridge…). :)

  8. woah! you’re right – there are no words! SO YUM Ashton!!

  9. This looks so creamy! Frosting is my favorite part of cake. I have eaten frosting with a spoon on several occasions :)

  10. I could definitely eat this creamy goodness by the spoonful!

  11. OMGoodness that frosting looks absolutely to die for! Oh so fudgy… I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Wow! I am so intrigued by the ingredients list! I have to try this!

  13. This is so dreamy!!! I can see why it’s the best ever :)

  14. I am new at making frosting…Should the cupcakes/cake that this is used on be refrigerated because of the sour cream?

  15. I have been searching for the perfect chocolate frosting since I discovered baking (needless to say a long time ago). As a fellow chocoholic I have never found a frosting which just hit the spot. I am going to make this NOW!!!

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