Chocolate Buttercream

November 16, 2009

This incredibly rich frosting uses just a few basic ingredients but boy does it use them well!  Not exactly heart-healthy but definitely worth the occasional splurge, especially for a birthday celebration.


  • Sugar, 1 1/2 cups
  • Water, 2/3 cup
  • Egg Yolks, 12
  • Butter, 1 1/2 cups
  • Semisweet or Bittersweet Chocolate, 12 ouncesKBP_4015Add sugar and water to a small, heavy saucepan.  Don’t stir. KBP_4024Place over medium to medium-high heat and let it come to a boil.  Brush down any crystals that form on the sides with a wet pastry brush.KBP_4032Meanwhile, beat egg yolks at high speed until they’re light.KBP_4033Continue heating syrup until it reaches 248 degrees, or firm ball stage.KBP_4039As soon as the syrup is ready, beat it into yolks at high speed in a thin steady stream.KBP_4049Continue beating at high speed until completely thick and cool, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally.  This’ll take about 20 minutes.KBP_4067Meanwhile, cut each stick of butter into 5 or 6 chunks.  Butter should be at cool room temperature.KBP_4074Carefully melt the chocolate in the microwave.  It’ll still hold some of it’s shape.  Just stir to continue melting.KBP_4095Once the yolk and syrup mixture is completely cool, reduce mixer speed and drop in butter one chunk at a time, beating each one until it’s well-blended.  Put the bowl in the fridge for a little while.  Let the chocolate completely cool to room temperature.KBP_4104Slowly stir in the chocolate.KBP_4111Again, let it sit in the fridge for a bit before frosting the cake.KBP_4125Place wax paper strips under the edges of the bottom cake layer.  This keeps  the cake plate clean and neat.  Spread the cake with a very generous layer of frosting, all the way to the edges.KBP_4141Place the second layer on top and frost the sides with a thinnish layer of frosting.KBP_4145Frost the top, carefully sealing the edges.KBP_4159Remove the wax paper and refrigerate for a bit before cutting.KBP_4282Serve and enjoy!
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1 Steph November 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

that looks heavenly! I’ve never made buttercream – I’ll have to try this.


2 Barbara November 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Such fun to read this today because I made a buttercream yesterday! Not chocolate however. This looks really rich and I have the perfect chocolate sheet cake recipe to use it on!


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