To make an easy chocolate cake frosting, melt 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Pour this mixture into a bowl with 3 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar. Beat this mixture together well, adding in 2 tablespoons of milk, one at a time, to achieve the desired consistency. This recipe creates about 12 servings of chocolate frosting, each containing about 219 calories.
Another recipe for chocolate cake frosting also takes about 15 minutes to make and contains five ingredients, but it does not require a stove and creates a creamier chocolate frosting. Start by sifting 2 3/4 cups of confectioners' sugar and 6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream 6 tablespoons of butter until it is smooth. Add the sugar and cocoa mixture into the creamed butter along with 5 tablespoons of evaporated milk, alternating between the two. Blend in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and beat the frosting until it is light and fluffy. You can alter the frosting's consistency by adding in more milk or sugar. This recipe creates about 12 servings, each containing roughly 179 calories.