How to make chocolate icing

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How to make chocolate icing
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Chocolate icing is so yummy on cakes, cupcakes and brownies. Here is a simple recipe for making chocolate icing from scratch.

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Things you need

  • 1/4 cup melted butter (not margarine)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric beater
  • Spatula

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  1. 1

    Gather the ingredients listed above.

  2. 2

    In the large bowl, combine the butter and cocoa powder. For a better consistency, do not use margarine in place of butter. Beat these ingredients on a medium speed until mixed thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Add in the milk, vanilla extract and salt. Beat at medium speed until smooth.

  4. 4

    Gradually add in the confectioners sugar, continuing to beat at medium speed until the icing is smooth and creamy. For a thinner icing, add 1/2 teaspoon of milk while beating.

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