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Creamy Chocolate Frosting (for an 8x8 cake)

No guesswork needed - this recipe makes an incredibly creamy chocolate frosting in just the right amount for an thick layer on an 8x8 cake (or a slightly thinner layer on a 9x9).
Don't skip the honey. It helps to stabilize the frosting and makes it extra creamy!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, easy, small-batch
Servings: 8 enough for an 8x8 cake
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $1.50


  • Stand or Handheld Mixer
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Milk, any type (plus up to an extra 2 Tbsp if needed)


  • Combine butter, cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla extract. Beat on high using a handheld mixer or the whip / whisk attachment on a stand mixer. Beat until very smooth and creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp milk and continue mixing until evenly combined. Add extra milk, as needed, until the frosting is a smooth, spreadable consistency.
  • Spread frosting over cake. (Note: If frosting a freshly baked cake, allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.)


This recipe makes enough for about a ½" layer of frosting on the top of an 8x8 cake or a slightly thinner layer on a 9x9 cake. We like it on this One-Bowl Chocolate Cake.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg