chocolate, Decorating

Easy Chocolate Icing


This is a very handy recipe to have in your collection. You just beat it altogether in a bowl, with a wooden spoon. Yay no mixer required. Less washing up!

It works well on a traybake, cupcakes or cake. The recipe is from Mary Berry’s ‘Fast Cakes’ and is from another recipe, which I shared a while ago ‘simple chocolate cake’. (Simple Chocolate Cake ). We made cupcakes (Heavenly Chocolate Cupcakes) but tried this icing instead.

My son is not a huge fan of oodles of buttercream on a cupcake, so we tested this for our St Patrick’s Day baking. Its a rich chocolatey frosting, so you don’t need to have lashings of it. We just spread it on with a knife, so it’s not particularly stylish looking, but tasted delish. The recipe was the perfect amount for 12 cupcakes.


  • 25 g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 40 g butter, softened (the recipe doesn’t state salted or unsalted, I tend to use unsalted for icing but only had salted and it was still lovely)
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons milk (I used 3)
  • 100 g icing sugar, sifted


  1. Measure the cocoa, butter, milk and icing sugar into a bowl. Beat well to a light, smooth consistency.
  2. Spread over the top of the cake or cupcakes and swirl attractively with a round bladed knife. 
  3. Add sprinkles or decorations if desired.


Happy Baking

De (aka thecakemum)

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