Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting


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Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting is as light and fluffy as whipped cream but includes a small amount of cream cheese to stabilize it for spreading and piping.

chocolate frosting on a whisk in a mixer

With just four ingredients and a not-too-sweet flavor, chocolate whipped cream frosting / icing is the perfect frosting for all of your cakes, cupcakes, and snacking cakes. This is a chocolate version of my most popular frosting recipe – Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting. I received many requests for a chocolate version and today is the day!

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Ingredients for Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

  • Cream cheese – This acts as a stabilizer for the frosting, giving it structure and a great rich flavor. Be sure it is softened to room temperature before you use it so that it will get smooth and creamy.
  • Powdered sugar – For sweetening the frosting and thickening it.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Dutch process or non-Dutch process will work just fine. I love Hershey’s Extra Dark cocoa powder if I want the frosting to have a darker color and more intense chocolate flavor.
  • Heavy cream or whipping cream – Be sure it is very cold so that it will whip up in to fluffy peaks.
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How to Make Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

The key to making a frosting with heavy / whipped that will hold its shape is to add something to stabilize it. Fresh whipped cream on its own is very light and fluffy, but when you beat in softened cream cheese it has a sturdy texture that will hold its shape. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Beat softened cream cheese until smooth. This will make it easy for the heavy cream cheese to combine with the cream. 
  2. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Beat these into the cream cheese until combined. This mixture will be very thick and pasty.
  3. Slowly add whipped cream. With the mixer running, slowly add in the heavy / whipping cream. You want all of the ingredients to be well combined before you turn up the mixer speed. 
  4. Beat until peaks form. Crank up the speed on the mixer until your frosting is thick and fluffy and holds stiff peaks. Once you see those stiff peaks, stop mixing so you don’t risk over-beating the cream.
  5. Adjust as needed. If you over beat the frosting and it is too thick, just add in some more cream and continue beating until your frosting reaches your desired consistency.

Be sure to use very cold heavy cream / whipping cream for this recipe. Cold cream will whip up quickly into firm peaks to help the frosting hold its shape.

a square cake with chocolate frosting  cut into squares on a white plate


How thick should frosting be?

The thing about frosting is that you want to adjust the consistency based on how you’ll use it. For a snacking cake like the peanut butter version photographed here, the frosting can be very light and spreadable – it doesn’t need to hold any solid shape. If you’re going to pipe this frosting onto cupcakes, beat it a bit longer until the whipped cream is sturdy and will hold its shape. 

Can I make this without cream cheese?

Absolutely. But the frosting won’t be as stable without the whipped cream, so you’ll need to use it and serve it right away.

Can I make it ahead?

Yes. Store it right in the piping bag you plan to use in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Let it soften at room temperature until it is easy to pipe and spread (about 30 minutes).

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Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting is as light and fluffy as whipped cream but includes a small amount of cream cheese to stabilize it for spreading and piping.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 9


  • Stand or Hand Mixer


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy / whipping cream, chilled


  • Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on low-medium until the cream cheese is very smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • To the cream cheese, add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Turn the mixer on low and then slowly increase speed to medium until the dry ingredients are mixed into the cream cheese (it will be very thick).
  • With the mixer running, slowly pour the heavy cream down the side of the bowl. When all of the heavy cream is added, increase speed to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks form. If the frosting is too thick to spread with a spatula, add more cream a bit at a time.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.


Make ahead - This frosting can be made up to a day ahead. Make it as directed, transfer it to a container, and cover with plastic wrap, pressing down to seal the top of the frosting. When you’re ready to use the frosting, take it out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before using. Give it a few really good stirs with a whisk before spreading it on cake / cupcakes.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00
Calories: 198
Keyword: easy dessert recipe, easy snack recipe, frosting
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love using this recipe for a special cake that my dad loves. However, he’s gluten and dairy allergic, so I use plant cream. I was curious to know if you think using plant butter instead of cream cheese would workm

    1. Yes! I use it as cake filling. You won’t want to use a super thick layer, but it’s sturdy enough to use that way.

  2. How far in advance can I make this frosting?? Today is Wednesday, the party is Saturday. I was going to ice the cake either tomorrow or Friday. I hope that makes sense.


    1. Today will be fine! You may have to give it a really good stir or use the hand mixer to get it nice and fluffy again before frosting the cake.