Glossy Chocolate Icing


Glossy Chocolate Icing

This Glossy Chocolate Icing is soft, shiny, and sumptuous. Look no further, this is the be-all and end-all of chocolate icings and will likely turn into your go-to icing for anything that requires chocolate.


about 4 cups

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Test Kitchen Tips

To give the icing a chance to set up, make it before starting in on the cake. And be sure to use heavy cream (preferably not ultra-pasteurized). Lighter dairy products just won't set up.

If the icing seems too thin to stay put, stir in powdered sugar 1 T. at a time until it’s easily spreadable.


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Stir in sugar, cocoa, and salt. Mixture will be thick and grainy.

Combine heavy cream, sour cream, and instant coffee in a large measuring cup, mixing until smooth.

Combine cream mixture with chocolate and stir until blended and smooth. Cook until sugar has dissolved, and mixture is smooth and hot to the touch. Do not boil.

Off heat, add vanilla. Cool icing at room temperature until spreadable, about 3 hours. (Icing may be chilled until completely cold, then warmed gently in the microwave until spreadable. Heat at high power in 20-second intervals, stirring well after each interval.)

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 212

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 18g 27%

Sodium 488mg 20%

Carbs 71g 23%

Fiber 2g 8%

Protein 0g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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  • Average: 4.67
  • Standardized Average: 2.05
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This is my new go to chocolate frosting, its chocolatey deliciousness and I love the glossy look it gives to my cakes.
June 20, 2022, 9:34 p.m. Edited Edit Delete

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My husband requested this chocolate frosting for his birthday cake this year. It smelled amazing when I was making it. However, after letting it cool, I noticed it just wasn't setting up. I rechecked the ingredients to insure I had used all the ingredients, and that's when I noticed the ratio of sugar to cocoa in this recipe was very close...maybe too close? After it cooled, I had to mix in about 1.5 cups of powdered sugar to make it even spread correctly. It was tasty after that and husband-approved!
July 10, 2021, 6:13 p.m. Edited Edit Delete

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The best frosting available. It is a dark chocolate taste but is 10x better. The one I always use for frosting a cake.
March 29, 2020, 4:41 p.m. Edited Edit Delete

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