Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream

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Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipeCreamy, silky and incredibly light and fluffy, our Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa powder and chocolate are both incorporated for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. This special buttercream is made using a unique method and is the perfect American style dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream!

Improving American Style Chocolate Buttercream

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream

Happy Spring!

My dear friends, you must have guessed this chocolate buttercream recipe was coming soon. Right? In fact, Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream is making an appearance here on the blog before any spring or Easter recipes because it was a special request from my readers and I was only happy to oblige.

In fact, I had hoped to share this recipe earlier this month but several things out of my control impacted my schedule. Most of them hilarious (only in hindsight, of course) and I will share the story in another post as promised. Speaking of promises…although the buttercream series continues here at Wicked Good Kitchen, the cakes are definitely coming. You are going to love them!

Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipe

Meanwhile, it is my pleasure to share with you today the chocolate fudge version of our favorite American style buttercream, Best Ever American Buttercream. This incredible buttercream is also the basis for Pink Champagne Buttercream as well as Best Ever BAILEYS® Irish Cream Buttercream.

This chocolate version of the recipe, and another coming soon, have the word “silk” in the title because I do not want my readers thinking I am arrogant using the term “best ever” so often in my recipe titles. I am the least arrogant person you could ever meet. Confident? Most of the time, yes. 😉 There is a big difference. Also, I went with the word “silk” because it is exactly what the texture of this buttercream is…silky. In addition, it is unexpectedly light.

Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipe

The Secret: The “Sugar Slurry and Emulsion Technique”

The secret in making this buttercream is all about the unique method creating a “sugar slurry” with a hot liquid to dissolve the sugar granules for an especially silky versus gritty texture found so often in American style buttercreams made with confectioners’ sugar. In addition, an effective “emulsion” is created when the fats (butter and organic palm shortening) are beaten in as well as the addition of golden syrup made from cane sugar (or corn syrup). The result is incredibly sublime.

Truly, the possibilities for variations on the original buttercream recipe, Best Ever American Buttercream, are endless. However, this recipe in particular required thorough testing for the ideal ratio of cocoa powder and chocolate for the perfect fudge-like flavor profile. In addition, taking the time to develop and write the recipe with precise directions, step-by-step, to achieve the smooth, silky and light as air texture was important due to employing the use of both hot water and melted chocolate because you definitely do not want your chocolate to seize up in a clump leaving you with a kitchen and buttercream disaster.

Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipe

Furthermore, the use of organic palm shortening, specifically, is imperative for this special buttercream recipe because it creates a pleasing buttery texture yet prevents a greasy mouth feel that can often result when regular vegetable shortening is used.

Recently, a reader wrote in via comment stating that her buttercream was “too greasy” after following our recipe for Best Ever American Buttercream and that she planned to stick to “traditional methods” versus this one. Impossible. There simply is no way this buttercream will turn out “greasy” if you use organic palm shortening, such as by Spectrum® Organics, as specified. This method, as it stands, is not flawed. As I shared in our tutorial for Best Ever American Buttercream, the recipe was inspired by the recipe, Famous Buttercream Frosting, and was given to us by a family friend, Linda, who owned a professional bakery.

When using the proper ingredients called for, and measured or weighed accurately, our buttercream recipes will always result in a silky, non-gritty texture and your buttercream will be “billowy” and ethereally light, while still piping beautifully, like no other American style buttercream. That’s a bona fide promise.

Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipe

The Importance of Organic Palm Shortening

To me, organic palm shortening is a big step up from the high ratio shortening that so many professional bakeries use because it is all natural, does not contain soy (a major food allergen and hormone disruptor) and is non-hydrogenated. The texture of palm shortening is full and silky—never greasy. Plus, organic palm shortening helps stabilize buttercreams for warmer outdoor temps, so important for tiered cakes during summer wedding season.

Spectrum® Organic Palm Shortening

If you are like me, slightly on the geeky-nerdy side when it comes to food science, and wish to read more about the “Sugar Slurry and Emulsion Technique” (I just coined that term today!) for making buttercream, view several step-by-step photos and learn the “top 10” reasons I prefer organic palm shortening for a buttery yet stable consistency for our American style buttercream recipes, read the tutorial. This is why it is there. 🙂

Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipe

What makes our recipe for Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream wicked good?

Not only does our recipe for Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream look impressive, it pulls together in record time. The part that takes up the most time is chopping the chocolate. Also, this special buttercream does not have a gritty texture like so many other American Style Buttercreams do. This is due to creating a “sugar slurry” with boiling water to dissolve the sugar and an “emulsion” with the addition of the sugar syrup and fats. Furthermore, is not cloyingly sweet since only half the amount of sugar is used in relation to fats when compared to standard American Buttercream recipes.

The flavor profile is exceptionally fudgy due to the addition of both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. This ethereal buttercream is silky smooth and incredibly light with a pleasing mouth feel that comes as close to European buttercreams as an American buttercream can. Plus, our recipe comes with a variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream for coffee lovers. Truly, wicked good!

Give our recipe for Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream a whirl the next time you “cave to the crave” for homemade chocolate cake. You will be so glad you did. In fact, save for a ganache based chocolate buttercream, I think you will have found your favorite chocolate fudge buttercream frosting!

Bon appétit!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

 

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Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipe

Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipe

Creamy, silky and incredibly light, this exceptional buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa and chocolate are both used for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. Made using a unique method and the perfect dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream! | dessert filling frosting recipe

Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream

Prep Time: 27 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes about 5½ cups buttercream; enough to fill and frost a two-layer 9-inch cake or three-layer 8-inch cake.

Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream

Creamy, silky and incredibly light and fluffy, our Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream melts on the tongue and is not too sweet. Fine quality cocoa powder and chocolate are both incorporated for a full and robust chocolate fudge flavor. This special buttercream is made using a unique method and is the perfect American style dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Recipe includes variation for Mocha Silk Buttercream. It will become your favorite Chocolate Buttercream!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 cups (480 grams) 100% pure cane confectioners’ sugar, such as C&H® or Domino®, spooned into cup, leveled off & sifted
  • ½ cup (48 grams) sifted unsweetened cocoa, such as Pernigotti
  • ½ cup (120 ml) boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons (42 grams) Lyle’s Golden Syrup, or corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • ½ cup (1 stick/113 grams) salted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (1 stick/113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (192 grams) organic palm shortening, such as Spectrum®, at room temperature

Preparation

Melt chocolate in heatproof bowl in microwave oven in several bursts, stirring between each, as follows: 3 times at 30 seconds, 2 times at 20 seconds and, if needed, 1 time at 10 seconds. Set aside to cool slightly.

Using an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, place sifted confectioners’ sugar and cocoa into work bowl and blend until well combined. Carefully pour boiling water over confectioners’ sugar and cocoa in a steady stream with mixer on low speed (stir). Increase mixer speed to medium and beat, scraping down sides of bowl with rubber spatula, until sugar dissolves, mixture is smooth and cooled to room temperature, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add syrup and vanilla; mix until well blended.

To the cocoa “sugar slurry” add the melted chocolate. On medium speed, beat, scraping down sides of bowl with rubber spatula, until well incorporated. Add butter and shortening and beat on low (stir), scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, until creamy and almost fully incorporated. Gradually increase mixer speed to medium and then to medium-high and continue beating until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula, about 8 minutes.

Place work bowl in refrigerator to chill buttercream to bring it to spreading and piping consistency, about 20 to 25 minutes, stirring with a spatula every 5 minutes.

Due to the chocolate and shortening being solid at room temperature, the buttercream will hold firmly at room temperature once chilled.

Notes

Variation:

For Mocha Silk Buttercream: Add 1 to 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder into boiling water and stir until dissolved before pouring over confectioners’ sugar and cocoa.

Tips:

If not using immediately, keep bowl covered tightly to keep buttercream from drying before frosting cake or cupcakes.

Buttercream can be refrigerated for up to 1 week in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temperature before beating smooth again.

If using the buttercream to pipe details, be sure to use chilled hands when handling pastry bag as warm hands can easily melt the buttercream.

This buttercream will last for up to 3 days at room temperature when on a frosted cake, covered.

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Forget the cake, just hand me a spoon!
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  2. Stacy, I am sure I’ve said it before but your buttercreams are mesmerizing! I just want the whole bowl and go at it! This looks incredible! Hope you are doing well! xoxo
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  3. Kyungae Bachman says:

    You have the BEST frosting recipes ever! I get so excited when I receive an email from you! I love your blog so much! Thank you for such amazing recipes!

    • Thank you for the sweet comment, my friend! I’m so glad you enjoy my recipes. Thanks for making me smile! 🙂

  4. Gorgeous buttercream, Stacy! I just love that sheen. Pass me a (big) spoon!
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  5. Couple of things… first of all, this looks divine! I must try and when I do I”ll report back to you on how I did. Secondly, I’ve decided that I love your blog. I am teaching myself how to bake (I’ve just started cakes and frostings this month!) and am trying to understand the science behind it all. Thank you for adding that bit to your posts. Brava! I look forward to what you bake next 🙂
    ~Liz (Project Pastry Love)

    • Thank you for the sweet comment, Liz! I truly appreciate it. I just adore your blog as well and look forward to your upcoming posts. Thank you for dropping by today. I am so glad I found you and your blog. 🙂 Happy baking and buttercream making!

  6. Dalila G. says:

    Who doesn’t like chocolate?! And it’s a frosting to boot, just give me a spoon.
    And this one sounds like one I will definitely dive into! 😀
    Your pictures make me want to lick my computer screen….LOL!!
    How yummy looking is this recipe, thanks Stacy for posting it.
    I’m on the hunt for the shortening, I have everything else in my pantry already.
    Wishing you a great day!!

    • Hahaha! Thank you, Dalila! Your comments always make me smile. You will LOVE working with organic palm shortening in your baking and buttercream making. I have enjoyed introducing it to my readers as this ingredient has crossed over from my paleo baking into my traditional baking. 🙂 I just love it. Enjoy!

  7. First of all I really hope you are doing good my dear. Hugs coming your way.
    Secondly, I truly believe that you are a very humble person. Your recipes do require applause. Whenever anyone asks me for a cake or frosting, I direct them to your blog knowing that your version is the best. I love using shortening for the frosting, something very good about it. I will be trying this out soon, few birthdays coming up.
    Have a great week.
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    • Thank you for the sweet comment, Ash! You always make me smile, girl. 🙂 Using both butter (for flavor) and healthy organic palm shortening (for buttery mouth feel and stability) in buttercream recipes is so ideal. I hope you will try this recipe soon!

  8. STACY. Is it socially acceptable for me to give myself a facial with this frosting? Because I’m about 90 seconds away from doing so. It looks AWESOME. So fluffy and rich – and I love how glossy and gorgeous it is. Pinned!
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Hayley! No doubt this buttercream will leave behind a glowing complexion. 😉 Thank you for the pin, my friend. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

  9. I would never think of you as arrogant if you added “Best Ever” in the title — just looking at it says it all. It looks the best ever! I could just dive into those big, chocolate swirls, and I can’t wait to the see the cakes! 🙂 Pinned.
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    • Thank you for the sweet comment and pin, Marcie! You are the best. 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

  10. So creamy!
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  11. I just love your frosting posts! I always learn so much! It makes me want nothing more than to dig in with a big ole spoon, or maybe smear some of that gorgeousness on a graham cracker. And because of you I will definitely be using only organic palm sugar from here on.. 🙂
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    • Thank you, Maria! You will love working with organic palm shortening. When combined with butter, it makes the best buttercream frostings!

  12. There are times. Stacy, when a cake is optional – this is one of those times!!! This frosting – is indeed the best ever! I am fascinated by this method of making a “sugar slurry” with a hot liquid! What a creamy dreamy buttercream this is!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  13. I want a GIANT bowl of this buttercream in front of me right now…and a spoon!!! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to whip up a batch ~ Cheers:)
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  14. Wow. I am so making this…right after I get finished pinning 🙂
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  15. This looks so creamy and amazing! I seriously just want to dive right in and get lost! The boiling water syrup slurry is such a great idea to achieve that perfectly smooth consistency! Brilliant! Now pass me the bowl please 🙂 xo

  16. This looks so silky smooth. I just want to swipe my finger in that bowl and take a big lick! If I were in the kitchen with you, I’d gladly lick that spatula 🙂 the perfect buttercream for all those Easter treats, Stacy!
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    • Thank you, Julie! If we were baking in the kitchen together, I would gladly pass the spatula to you. 🙂 You will love this chocolate buttercream, girl. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  17. I’ve never heard of the sugar slurry method – thanks for sharing that. I always enjoy reading your thorough and thoughtful buttercream posts 🙂
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  18. yup pretty sure id dive right into that bowl and swim around in it forever. dang this looks good!
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  19. You have taken buttercream frosting to an entirely new level with this one, Stacy! Please, don’t stop!!

    • Thank you, Dan! So happy to see you in my comment section again. 🙂 I have truly missed you and the boys! xo

  20. Whoa girl! You have outdone yourself! This looks awesome and I just love reading all your food science posts!
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  21. Slurrrppppp!!!! That’s all I want to do!!
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  22. Hi Stacy! Wow! This buttercream certainly looks the part of its name — light, silky, DIVINE! I’m totally psyched for the cake recipes to come!

  23. could I use honey in place of the cane/corn syrup?
    thank you in advance!

    • Hi there, Abby! Generally, honey is a good substitute for an inverted sugar syrup because it is made up of both glucose and fructose (making it sucrose-based). However, I have not tested this recipe using honey. Honey has a tendency to crystallize easily and I’m not sure how it will perform in this recipe with both water and chocolate or how the chocolate will respond. Will the chocolate seize and turn into a solid unworkable mess with the buttercream separating? Will the honey cause a grainy texture to the buttercream? Should a change in method be used to dissolve the honey into the boiling water, first, to prevent crystallization? I would definitely have to test the recipe thoroughly before recommending honey as a substitute. If you are up for experimenting with honey in this recipe, let me know how it goes! 🙂 Good luck!

  24. Hi Stacy,
    This looks so good. Am planning to try this out today. Can I leave out the chocolate and use only cocoa? If so, how much do you think I should use? Would it be ok to leave out the corn syrup?
    Thanks.
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    • Hi there, Jayashree! Thank you for writing with such great questions. This recipe is recommended as written for a deep fudge flavor and is why chocolate is called for. If you simply want an American Buttercream recipe with cocoa added, try my recipe for Best Ever American Buttercream and incorporate it into that recipe to taste. As for the syrup, it helps with the emulsion, lending a special creaminess, as well as to keep the buttercream from breaking (separating). If you do not want to use corn syrup, try golden syrup such as Lyle’s. It’s a fabulous syrup! Once again, thank you for writing. Happy buttercream making!

  25. I could only find red palm oil. Will that work?

    • Hi there, Molly! This recipe was only tested with palm shortening by Spectrum. I go into great detail in my post for Best Ever American Buttercream as to why I prefer it and call for it in the recipe. Red palm oil is red in color and has a light savory flavor. Since I have not tested this recipe using any other tropical oils, I cannot recommend them. If you are interested in healthy paleo buttercream frostings, stay tuned to my blog as I will be sharing my favorites in the near future. Meanwhile, thanks for writing and happy baking and buttercream making!

  26. Your buttercream recipes are AMAZING! I stumbled across your champagne buttercream and I’ve been hooked ever since. I have made six of your buttercreams so far and they have all been fabulous (except the red velvet butterceam…but that was my fault because I used extra dark cocoa and the red didn’t come through).
    So, thank you for developing these recipes and being so thorough in your explanations!
    I look forward to seeing what cake recipes you add to your list!

  27. Omg why does it still taste like dark chocolate!!!! Not happy at all.

    • LOL! It tastes like dark chocolate because the recipe was designed that way calling for both dark chocolate and cocoa. Therefore, the title of the recipe fits with “Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream”. If you are a milk chocolate lover, you will LOVE my buttercream recipes for Chocolate Mousse Buttercream Frosting and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream. The cream cheese in the latter recipe mellows out the dark chocolate flavor and makes it taste just like chocolate cheesecake. And, if you like hazelnuts and Nutella, you will really enjoy my recipe for Chocolate Nutella Cream Cheese Buttercream. Sorry that you are not a fan of dark chocolate. However, if you do use dark chocolate and cocoa in buttercream recipes, be sure to use the highest quality for no bitter taste. That could be your problem. Good luck with your next chocolate buttercream!

  28. I have a home baking business and whenever possible I like to make my buttercreams ahead of time and freeze them for those last minute orders. Can this buttercream be frozen?

    • Hi there, Sue! Since I have not tried to freeze this recipe for buttercream, I cannot recommend it. It is a ganache-type buttercream calling for melted chocolate and thus this particular chocolate buttercream may not thaw very well. If you do happen to try freezing, thawing and then using this recipe for Chocolate Fudge Silk Buttercream, let me know how it works out!

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