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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.