Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: a Bakery Recipe


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fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting

This bakery-style chocolate buttercream frosting is fluffy, and light and makes a perfect compliment to your choice of cakes and cupcakes. My House Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is whipped with cocoa to create this rich and creamy chocolate buttercream.

Use it to frost my Moist and Fudgy Chocolate Cupcakes, the only cupcake recipe you’ll ever need. Or frost the your favorite cake for a creamy chocolote bite. I also use this recipe in my Triple Chocolate Ganache Cake Bakery-Style Cake Recipe.

Triple Chocolate Ganache cake with Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream
5 from 10 votes

Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: a Bakery Recipe

This bakery-style chocolate buttercream frosting is fluffy, and light with a rich but and creamy chocolate flavor. Use it to frost your favorite cake or cupcakes.
1x batch will frost and fill one 6" three-layer cake or about 14 cupcakes.
2x batch will frost and fill one 8" three-layer cake or about 28 dozen cupcakes.
If you have a kitchen scale, please select the grams (g) measurements for the most accurate results. If you don’t have a scale, no worries!–just be sure to “spoon and level” your dry ingredients.
Yields 3 cups
Prep Time 10 mins
You may double the recipe by selecting 2x.
Select “grams” if you have a kitchen scale for more accurate baking.



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Make Vanilla Buttercream

  • Whisk the powdered sugar, Instant Clearjel, and Cocoa Powder together until well-blended. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer (preferred) or handheld mixer and a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until broken up and softened.
  • Add the room temperature salted butter and continue to beat until there are no lumps, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the shortening and beat and scrape the sides until the mixture is smooth without lumps.
  • While the mixer is on low, slowly add the powdered sugar mixture.
  • Add the pure vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Then beat the buttercream on high for two-three minutes. This will add air into the buttercream and make it light and fluffy. The Instant Clearjel will cause the buttercream to thicken slightly during the next 10 minutes as it sits (See Note #2).
  • This buttercream is best served at room temperature. If you aren't serving it within 24 hours, refrigerate it, but remove it from the fridge a couple of hours before using so that it may come back to room temperature before frosting cakes, cupcakes, or serving.


  1. Read my article Instant Clearjel: a Magical Little-Known Bakery Ingredient to see why I think this ingredient is worth having in your pantry.  Instant Clearjel must always be whisked thoroughly with other dry ingredients before being added to wet ingredients to avoid clumping.  I have tested this recipe with the following Instant Clearjel brands: Prepared PantryHoosier Hill Farm, and Ingredion. Make sure what you purchase is labeled as “Instant.”  Cooktyle Clearjel is a different product that does not work the same in cakes.  If you don’t have Instant Clearjel you can simply leave it out completely, and add a little more powdered sugar if needed to make a thicker frosting, as described in my Instant Clearjel Substitutes under frostings
This recipe was adapted slightly on 12-9-21. Contact Amy if you have any questions.
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Author: Amycakes Bakes | amycakesbakes.com
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bakery recipe, buttercream, chocolate, chocolate buttercream frosting, frosting
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Seanna Borrows
Seanna Borrows
5 months ago

5 stars
Fluffy and light! Delish!

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