Easy Small Batch Chocolate Frosting – 2 MIN ONLY!

A super easy small batch chocolate frosting that takes 2 minutes to make, contains way less butter than buttercream, requires no heavy cream or chocolate and tastes delicious!

small batch chocolate frosting

About The Recipe

Have you ever baked something and wanted a simple and quick frosting to top it off? This small batch chocolate frosting is the perfect recipe for just that! It’s made with only a few ingredients which you probably have in your pantry right now, a comes together in literally 2 minutes or even quicker!

This frosting recipe is made with much less butter than a traditional chocolate buttercream (<– I love this recipe), it also needs no heavy cream or chocolate. The intense chocolate flavor comes just from cocoa powder. The best part about this frosting recipe is that it need no stand mixer, or hand mixer to make, simply grab a bowl and whisk and you’re ready to go!

This small batch chocolate frosting is great for frosting cookies, cupcakes, sheet cakes and much more.

What You Need To Make This Recipe

Powdered Sugar: powdered sugar, icing sugar or confectioner’s sugar are all the same thing and any will work. Don’t use granulated sugar or your frosting will be gritty/grainy.

Butter: use softened unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the frosting.

Cocoa powder: use Dutch processed or regular cocoa powder.

How To Make Small Batch Chocolate Frosting

There are only 2 steps in this recipe:

Step 1:Add all the ingredients into a small bowl.

Step 2: Mix everything together with a whisk. The frosting can be used immediately.

What To Use This Frosting With

Storing The Frosting

Store the frosting in an air tight container at room temperature for 2 days, or refrigerate for up to a week.

Freezing The Frosting

the frosting can be frozen in a freezer safe bag for up to 2 months. Once you’re ready to use it, defrost it at room temperature and if it’s too thick you add a little hot water to loosen it up.

Small Batch Chocolate Frosting


How to make chocolate frosting with cocoa powder?

This frosting gets it’s chocolate flavor form cocoa powder, so it’s important you use a good quality cocoa powder for the most intense chocolate flavor. If you wanted to, you could also add some melted chocolate into the frosting, but it’s not necessary at all.

Do I have to use softened butter to make frosting?

It’s very crucial that your butter is at room temperature or it will become very difficult to combine it with the rest of the ingredients. If you forgot to take your butter out of the fridge, then warm it up in the microwave for about 15 seconds or so.

Can I double this recipe to make more frosting?

Of course, just follow the exact same process with double the ingredients. If you have one using a hand mixer will make it easier to combine all the ingredients together.

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Small Batch Chocolate Frosting

A super easy small batch chocolate frosting that takes 2 minutes to make, contains way less butter than buttercream, requires no heavy cream or chocolate and tastes delicious!

Prep Time: 2 min

Total Time: 2 min

Servings: can frost 5-6 cupcakes (1/2 cup)

Course: Frostings/Dessert

Calories: 145kcal


  • 2 tbsp. butter, softened (30g)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (125g)
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder (12g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. hot water


  1. In a small bowl add in the powdered sugar, butter, cocoa powder, salt and hot water.
  2. Using a whisk beat everything together until smooth and creamy.
  3. Use it frost cakes, cupcakes or cookies! Enjoy!


Calories: 145.54kcal

Total Fat: 5.18g

Carbs: 26.35g

Sugars: 24.5g

Protein: 0.49g

Sodium: 234.16mg

Fiber: 0.72g

** Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more. **

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