Chocolate buttercream

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15 min


4 cups (1 L), enough for a 9-inch (23-cm) double layer cake

* PLUS Cooking time: 5 minutes


  • 8 squares semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups sifted icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp hot strong coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups unsalted butter , at room temperature


  • Coarsely cut chocolate into pieces. In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan set over low heat, melt chocolate, removing from heat while small pieces of chocolate are still visible, about 5 minutes. Stir until smooth, then cool to lukewarm. Or place chocolate in a dish. Microwave, uncovered, on medium until chocolate is almost, but not completely melted, from 5 to 6 minutes. Then stir until smooth.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until smooth. Gradually add icing sugar, beating with an electric mixer or whisk until thick and lemon coloured, about 5 minutes. While beating consistantly, add hot coffee and vanilla. Then beat in warm melted chocolate. Again beating constantly, gradually add butter in 4 or 5 additions, beating smooth after each addition. Beat for 2 more minutes. Icing is best used right away to ice a layer or sheet cake.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 69,
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.3 g,
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 2 mg.

This is one of the richest chocolate icings and is often used by chefs for fine pastries.