Easy Chocolate Buttercream

Published April 9, 2007.

Why this recipe works:

Traditional European buttercream frosting involves heating eggs and sugar over a pan of simmering water, and whipping in butter while carefully monitoring for the correct temperature. Our Easy Chocolate Buttercream recipe is equally delicious, and much less fussy. It is also easy to vary with… read more

Traditional European buttercream frosting involves heating eggs and sugar over a pan of simmering water, and whipping in butter while carefully monitoring for the correct temperature. Our Easy Chocolate Buttercream recipe is equally delicious, and much less fussy. It is also easy to vary with any flavor imaginable (try peppermint extract, espresso, or orange liqueur.)

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Makes 1 1/2 cups, enough for 12 cupcakes

Any of the buttercream frostings (see related recipes) can be made ahead and refrigerated; if refrigerated, however, they must stand at room temperature to soften before use. If using a hand-held mixer, increase mixing times significantly (at least 50 percent).

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