2-Minute Chocolate Frosting

2-Minute Chocolate Frosting

You can double or triple the recipe if you need more but make sure you add the milk very slowly. It thickens up very quickly. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Makes: about 1/2 cup

2-Minute Chocolate Frosting


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch process is best)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • about 3 teaspoons milk


  1. Place powdered sugar, butter, cocoa powder, and vanilla into a bowl.
  2. With electric mixer on low, combine for a few seconds.
  3. Slowly beat in the milk, a little at a time, until it’s frosting consistency.
  4. Beat on high for about 15 seconds.

66 Comments on "2-Minute Chocolate Frosting"

  1. LH


  2. janelynn

    I learned to make this when I was ten years old; I would spread it on graham crackers.

  3. Michele Perez

    I used a plant based butter & sweetner in place of the one in the recipe & it was delicious.

    • Carmelita Fish

      I use Miyako’s plant based butter.
      You can find them at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts Farmers Market.

  4. Jade

    Jenny your recipes are wonderful! They always turn out great. I’ve surprised my family with tasty dishes from your pantry. Thanks so much. 😊

  5. Patsi

    All these baking sites. all of them.Why the hell does someone always ask .Can I make cuocakes and how many and how long to bake them blah blah blah.Geez, stop bothering the writers and figure it out. It isnt hard at all,for Petes sake!! And the: oh Well this is how I make the recipe .Gimmie a break and keep your recipe.I want the recipe of the site I am reading.You women are so petty under the guise of
    Mendacity.Heres a helpful hint.
    Get your own blog.Hows that, for heres how I do it.Get off of the comments.And what type of white sugar? Sweetened or unsweetened .
    Really ??!!!! $#@&

    • Ellie

      Hi Patsi! I laughed so hard at your comment. It made my day. I’ve thought the very same thing but didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Man, you just threw it right out there!!!

    • Jacquie

      😂😂😂😂😂 good one Patsi

    • Denise

      We’ll, I was going to ask a question, but forget it now!! I’m afraid I might get my head taken off by Patsi!!! GEEZ??

      • Love the comments

        FUNNY!! Patsy is kind of scary! I love all the comments, it gives you more Ideas to make it better or helps if you did something wrong. Just to be nice I’m saying if you don’t like just don’t read them. Jenny love your recipes.

    • Jeanne M Knight

      Pats! I love you!. I was just about to post a comment to Jenny saying that she is a saint when I read your comment!. Why oh why do people

    • Darcy

      Idiot you are it’s all you have to do I guess. I am not one of those people you hate, but I sure cannot stand you

    • janelynn

      Nothing wrong with offering a helpful tip, “for Pete’s sake”. And why are you making a comment, then criticizing other commenters for making one.

  6. unprepared

    Who else learned the hard way that not having a mixer isn’t great

    • Roxanne

      I’m with you. I tried it with a variety of utensils before giving up and digging the mixer out of the cupboard. That made a huge difference!

  7. Brenda P.

    I made the 2 egg cake. My grandmother taught me to make this over 55 years ago. It was the first cake I ever made. Was thinking about it today. Also. Made the 2 min chocolate frosting. Granny used to put a peanut butter icing on it. Thanks for sharing. It looks wonderful. Waiting to try it.

  8. cookncolor

    I made this and Jenny’s Quick & Easy Chocolate cake recipe and can attest that both recipes are LEGIT. Will be making this often. Thanks Jenny!

  9. Maria

    Thank you for this recipe! I have used it so many times .. my family & grandson love this chocolate cake!

  10. Lola

    Made the cake and it was delicious.thanks jenny

  11. Jim Foley


  12. Louise

    Just finished baking this cake. Waiting for it to cool so I can frost it. Hope there’s frosting left. Seems every time I walk past the bowl my spoon dips into the frosting. The waiting is the hard part!

  13. Barbara

    Thank you for your recipes and videos! I made the chocolate cake last night and it turned out great. I watched the video on the frosting, and went back to look for it today, and now I cannot find it anywhere. Is the video still available? Thank you Jenny!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      It’s part of my Quick & Easy Chocolate Cake video.

  14. Allen

    Made it tonight and it was a hit with my kids!

    Great website, Jenny!


  15. Rajul Shah

    Can I bake this cake night before and leave it outside to take to a party next day or has to be refrigerated? Many thanks for a good vegan cake recipe. Good explanation, too.

    • Maria

      I literally left this cake out for 3 days. And it was still moist !!! I did cover with plastic wrap but it’s an amazing recipe!! Perfect for family or parties.

  16. Nancy

    your links do not work. perhaps adding the frosting recipe to the cake recipe so they’re together? Is it salted or unsalted butter??

    • Jenny Can Cook

      We checked the links and they are working so please try again.You can use either butter – I prefer unsalted.

  17. Jade K.

    This is by far the best frosting I’ve ever had in my entire life! My whole family and friends love it! #Crowdpleaser Also It goes perfectly with your, “Quick & Easy Chocolate Cake” recipe! <3

  18. Donna

    Jenny, we LOVE your chocolate cake and frosting. I make it at least every 2 weeks. I wouldn’t change a thing.
    Thank you for such a deliciously easy
    recipe. 🤗 My family and I love it!

  19. horsiegramma

    Hi Jenny. Just made your chocolate cake and icing and am taking it to my daughter-in-law’s for dinner. She is a chef and owner of several popular restaurants, but I feel this is worthy of her dinner table. First time ever making a cake from scratch. Thanks. Love all that you do.

  20. Mikala

    Okay, Jenny
    I have to tell you that I got major thumbs up from the family on this chocolate cake!!!
    So easy.. and sooooooooooooo delicious .
    thank you!!!
    oh, also made the chicken pot pie… another winner.. love your videos..

  21. Carmelita Fish

    I watched your video and it’s interesting to know you can make chocolate cake without eggs or butter.
    I’m a lactose intolerance person thus is just right for me. Today I made the same almost similar but I used lactose free milk and eggbeaters.
    Question :
    Can I use hot water instead of cool water? Can I dissolve the baking soda
    with the vinegar?
    Thank you Jenny. I love your cooking show.

  22. Moe M.

    Just a suggestion, I’ve been making a similar recipe for years, the only difference is that I add a 1/2 tsp. of salt to help the baking soda give the batter more rise, and I also add 1/3 cup of regular applesauce which makes a big difference in making the cake more moist.

  23. Mist

    I just made the cake and frosting tonight. The cake was really good but my frosting never whipped up…so I used it as a glaze. Not sure why I could not get the frosting to turn out but it was tasty!!

  24. Jasmine Tripoli

    Your Recipe Is Goo

  25. Jan

    Thank you so much. My granddaughter has severe allergy to both dairy products and eggs. This will surely be a hit. Any other no-eggs-or-dairy recipes?

  26. Karen

    I used butter & nut flavoring like my Grandma used in her yellow cakes. Brought back good memories and so easy. Thank you

  27. Clara

    You are my new Hero !!!
    Just saw this on YouTube and ran to make it which is in the oven right now So EASY to mix also made icing quick and tasty THANKS SO MUCH

  28. Mary Lou 🌷

    I think I will love this recipe and can’t wait to try it! All natural no preservatives! I plan to make double the frosting recipe so I can frost the sides but use 4 T cocoa.
    I could double the cake recipe and make a double layer cake also. Lots you can so with it also, various nuts crumbled on top, coconut on top of frosting. Rasberry jam between the layers, one of our bakeries sells a cake with rasberry jam in the middle. Gosh this is great. Thanks so much Jenny, your recipes are the best💖🌷. Do you sell a cookbook????

    • Mary Lou 🌷

      This shows up twice because it wouldn’t take it the first time, said I already submitted it, so, I wrote it again and then it took*****twice🙌💫🌠have a great day everybody😊💞💕

  29. Mary Lou 🌷

    I think I will love this recipe and can’t wait to try it! All natural no preservatives! I plan to make double the frosting recipe so I can frost the sides but use 4 T cocoa to cut the sweetness. I could double the cake recipe and make a double layer cake also. Lots you can so with it also, various nuts crumbled on top, coconut on top of frosting. Rasberry jam between the layers, one of our bakeries sells a cake with rasberry jam in the middle. Gosh this is great. Thanks so much Jenny, your recipes are the best💖🌷. Do you sell a cookbook????

  30. Michael

    Why would we ever buy a cake mix again? So quick and simple and good. Thank you.

  31. lorraine k

    I just tried this and it was delicious. I added twice as much vanilla because i love vanilla and I always add extra. No frosting, just a dusting of powdered sugar. The cake had a really nice texture and flavor.

    Thanks Jenny!

  32. Rosalie

    Hi Jenny
    Love your recipes. Do you have a vanilla 2 minute frosting.

    • Sara

      No make it vanilla flavoured replace the cocoa powder with 3x the vanilla extract

  33. J C

    Had been searching for a salt free birthday cake… will try this soon. Any other recipes will be welcome.

  34. Deb

    Needed an easy cake I could make with my 3 year old grandson. This fit the bill! Very tasty!! Thanks

  35. Last Call

    Thanks for the old Polish recipes, I haven’t had that kind of chow since my Mom and Grandma would get together and cook up a storm. When a pirogi would fail during the boiling cycle I was allowed the first one, but normally we would brown them in a little butter.

  36. BECKY

    The recipe is for CHOCOLATE frosting.

  37. Vanessa


  38. Ranjitha

    Hello Jenny,

    I am a raving fan of your dessert recipes. I was wondering, whether I can use this frosting to pipe cupcakes.


  39. New to Baking

    It was way to sweet the first time making. So now here’s how I make it. 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk and I beat this all together. Much better than original recipe

    • Chris

      Much better than the original? All you’ve done is cut the recipe in half so you’re just using less.

      • PN

        No, she halved the sugar and butter, doubled the chocolate and used the same amount of vanilla & milk. The extra chocolate would give a stronger chocolate flavor which would “overpower” the sugar. True, she would have about half as much frosting.

    • Lee

      Love the alterations… how do you turn this into a lemon cake?

  40. ally

    hey jenny, I just made your chocolate cake and it turned out awesome. I can’t wait to try more recipes

  41. sophia

    Hi jenny, if I were to take out the cocoa powder, would it still be the same consistency?

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