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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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  • 1/4 cup dry any-style cocoa (for light flavor) or 1/2 cup (for medium flavor) or 3/4 cup (for dark flavor)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In small bowl, stir together desired amount of cocoa and confectioners' sugar.
  2. In small mixer bowl, beat butter with 1/2 cup of cocoa mixture; blend well.
  3. Add remaining cocoa mixture with milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  4. Blend in vanilla extract.