Fudge Frosting

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Fudge Frosting

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Published prior to 2008

This thick, deep chocolate frosting is poured, rather than spread over the cake. As it cools it becomes glossy and, if you haven't messed with it a lot during the application, very smooth, a perfect surface for decorating.

1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
1/4 cup (3/4 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) yogurt, regular, low-fat or nonfat, plain, vanilla or coffee
1 pound (about 3 3/4 cups) confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, stir in the cocoa and yogurt, and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to very low, add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla, and beat till smooth.

Working quickly, pour about half of the frosting atop one layer, spreading it around the sides. Center the second layer over the first, and pour on the remaining frosting, spreading it evenly to the edge and along the side of the cake. Yield: Enough frosting for one 8-inch layer cake.


  • star rating 06/07/2014
  • bugzna2000 from KAF Community
  • I was in a bind. Realized as I began preparing an eclair cake for an outing this afternoon that I had no frosting to put on top! No time to go to the store, I quickly searched the recipes on KAF. And here it was. What turned out to be the perfect chocolate frosting. Used the Dutch-Process Cocoa. So easy to make and delicious.
  • star rating 10/02/2013
  • sarah from concord, nh
  • mine wasn't pourable :( but has good flavor
    It sounds like there may have been a measurement issue. Please call our Baker's Hotline and we can troubleshoot what may have happened.-Jon 855 371 2253
  • star rating 10/20/2011
  • TheAnswerIs42 from KAF Community
  • Excellent filling for cupcakes! I made yellow cake and the "Bake Sale Fudge" cupcakes, then removed the centers with a nifty little cupcake corer, and poured this frosting in the center. Very easy to work with, and very tasty.
  • star rating 01/12/2011
  • milkwithknives from KAF Community
  • Very good frosting. Thick and substantial in my mouth, with a distinct chocolate flavor. I will definitely make this again. Thank you!
  • star rating 04/23/2010
  • RSM from NYC
  • I love this frosting. It's so easy to make and very simple. Just keep in mind it's not a typical thick or fluffy frosting. It's more like a chocolate dressing to pour on top. I made it with the yellow cake. Great tasting.
  • star rating 10/01/2009
  • Nicole from Georgia
  • Quick, easy and delicious! I made this for the first time for my husband's birthday party and everyone loved it. It is the only chocolate frosting I have used since. I have made it using both sour cream and yogurt and it turns out great every time.
  • star rating 08/23/2009
  • Beth from VA
  • Well, it doesn't get much easier than this. Good thing I saw this recipe, because I was very short of time. I used the natural cocoa (not the Dutch-processed). Very quick to make. I used an electric hand-mixer to beat the frosting in the saucepan, and it poured on the cake very smoothly. I substituted sour cream for the yogurt, because I only had sour cream. I will certainy make this frosting again. Seems strange that no one else has reviewed this.