For Chocolate Lovers only

My Chocolate Frosting Mix

Tips: A simple, confectioners’ sugar frosting. Again, you’ll need unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder. If there is a trick to this, it lies in the beating. It’s important to scrape the mixing bowl and beater(s) thoroughly and often as you beat this frosting, as a darker mixture of cocoa and butter likes to hide on the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Approximate cost of dry ingredients: $1.70, about 16 ounces of mix


  • 3-1/2 cups unsifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • Few grains of salt


Sift or strain all ingredients into large bowl. With large spoon, blend until of an even color. Carefully pour or spoon into airtight storage container. Seal; store at cool, dry room temperature for up to 2 months.

To make frosting, you’ll need:

  • One package or container of frosting mix
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened (butter must be soft but not melted)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


This can be made with a stand mixer or a powerful hand-held mixer; if stand mixer is used, fit with paddle beater, if available. Pour frosting mix into a large bowl or large bowl of electric mixer. Add remaining ingredients. Beat at lowest speed until dry ingredients are moistened (if using a hand-held mixer, beat at a low speed). Thoroughly scrape bowl and beater(s) with rubber spatula.

Beat at medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes, until fluffy and well-blended (stop mixer a few times during beating process to scrape bowl and beater(s)). Check consistency; if frosting is too stiff to spread well, add a few more drops of warm water and beat again until it’s incorporated. Use frosting immediately on thoroughly cooled cake.

Store frosted cake airtight in refrigerator. To serve, use a large, sharp knife to cut serving pieces. Allow to stand at room temperature, loosely covered, 20 to 30 minutes before serving (cake and frosting will both have a much fuller flavor if served with the chill off).

Each frosted cake will yield about 12 servings.

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