Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect compliment to a dense & delectable red velvet cake. Perfect for the extreme chocolate lovers.
Do you love cream cheese frosting? I sure do because not only does it pair perfectly with red velvet cake, but also so many other great cake, cookie & brownie recipes. But this time I was making a red velvet birthday cake for my son. I didn’t want the cake to look like it was for Valentine’s Day & didn’t want it too feminine, I wanted something more masculine for this cake. So I thought Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting would be perfect.
This frosting was the perfect complement to this rich & dense red velvet cake. I don’t know what it is about that pairing, but it just goes so well together. Since I am currently obsessed with naked cakes, we decided to keep this one “semi-naked” & just add a bit more frosting around the top & bottom. It gave the perfect cake to frosting ratio if you ask me.
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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It is as easy as adding the ingredients to a large mixing bowl in the specified order & beating well. It comes together quickly & makes more than enough to fill this 3 layer cake & add what you see here with a little bit left over. If I had gone a little thinner with the frosting in some areas I probably could have frosted the whole cake.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Here are some commonly asked questions…
This recipe calls for a stand mixer, is that necessary?
I use a stand mixer, but you could definitely use a hand held mixer. I don’t recommend using a whisk. That would be quite an arm workout.
How much frosting does this make?
I was able to frost what you see here with a little bit left over. Looking at it now, I probably could have filled & frosted with the crumb coat & top coat for this & then made another half batch for the extra decorating. I don’t think you could do the whole cake with full decorating with just this one batch.
Can I use low fat cream cheese?
Please don’t do this. It won’t have the right consistency & then you will come back here & be upset with me because the recipe didn’t turn out. Please use full fat cream cheese for this frosting.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
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HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
- 12 ounces full fat cream cheese
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- pinch salt
In a large bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on high until smooth. Beat in butter until creamy.
Slowly mix in confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, milk & salt until well blended.
Add another tbsp of milk to thin out if desired.
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