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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Simple and delicious. Use powdered erythritol instead of powdered sugar to make it sugar free / keto.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, frosting
Servings: 2 9″ cake layers’ worth


  • a kitchen scale
  • a double boiler
  • a medium bowl
  • a mixer
  • a rubber spatula


  • 12 oz powdered sugar or powdered erythritol (about 2 cups)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (1 standard package)
  • ½ cup whole (3.5%) milk
  • 2 oz butter (1/2 stick, 1/4 cup)
  • 2 oz cocoa powder (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate (about 1/2 cup, if using chips)
  • 1-½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Leave the butter and cream cheese out for 1 hour, to come to room temperature. Or, if you don't have the time, soften them in microwave using the appropriate setting.

Melt the chocolate (15 min)

  • Put water in the bottom part of the double boiler and heat it on the stove on high
  • Put the unsweetened chocolate in the top part of the double boiler
    2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • When the water starts to steam, turn the oven to low
  • Push the chocolate around with the rubber spatula as it starts to melt
  • Keep doing that until the chocolate is fully melted
  • While that's melting, put all of the other ingredients into the medium bowl: powdered erythritol or sugar, cream cheese, milk, butter, cocoa powder, and 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
    12 oz powdered sugar or powdered erythritol, 8 oz cream cheese, ½ cup whole (3.5%) milk, 2 oz butter, 2 oz cocoa powder, 1-½ tsp vanilla extract

Mix the frosting (5 min)

  • Pour the melted chocolate on top of the other ingredients in the medium bowl
    2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • With the mixer on medium, mix it all for a couple of minutes, until well-mixed
  • If you want the frosting thinner, add more milk, in 2 tbsp increments. If you want it thicker, add more sugar, in 2 oz increments.
  • Put the frosting on your cake, or cover and refrigerate for up to a week


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