Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream ~ Rich double chocolate, light and fluffy cream cheese buttercream that pipes beautifully. It tastes like chocolate cheesecake and the texture is like mousse! | cake dessert filling frosting recipe

Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream

  • Author: Wicked Good Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Over 4½ cups


Rich, double chocolate, light and fluffy and all-natural, this dreamy chocolate cheesecake-like buttercream frosting has a slight tang from the cream cheese and is flavored and sweetened just right. Also, it pipes beautifully.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226 grams) unsalted butter, softened (or 1 stick each, salted & unsalted)
  • 1 (8-ounce or 226 grams) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (60 grams) sifted dark cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup (4.5 ounces or 127.5 grams) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled slightly
  • 4 cups (480 grams) confectioners’ sugar, spooned in cup, leveled off & sifted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) heavy cream, optional for desired consistency


  1. Using an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or handheld mixer and large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until creamy.
  2. Add cream cheese and vanilla; beat until fully incorporated. Add cocoa and mix until well blended. Add melted chocolate and beat until fully incorporated. Gradually increase mixer speed to high and continue beating until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula.
  3. Gradually add 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, beating on low speed (stir), until well combined. Beat on high speed until well combined and smooth while scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, about 2 minutes.
  4. If desired, beat in the amount of heavy cream to reach the ideal consistency for filling, frosting, icing and piping. Before frosting cake layers, rebeat buttercream to ensure smoothness.
  5. Yield: Makes over 4½ cups; enough to fill and frost a 9-inch two layer cake, or 8-inch three layer cake, or 18 to 24 cupcakes—depending on amount used to simply ice cupcakes with a knife or icing spatula (in the traditional manner) or pipe elaborate swirls, or decorate with other piping details.

Recipe Notes


If not using immediately, the buttercream can be refrigerated for up to 2 to 3 days 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 melt the buttercream.

Cook Time above simply means Active Time for preparing buttercream.

To Melt Chocolate Chips in Microwave: Melt chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl on medium power (50%) for 2 minutes or on high power for 20 second intervals to prevent scorching. Chips should not be completely melted. Stir until chips are completely melted and smooth.

To Melt Chocolate Chips on the Stovetop: Melt chocolate chips in top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. Stir constantly until smooth.

Shopping Suggestions:

Wicked Good Kitchen highly recommends selecting organic ingredients whenever possible.

For this recipe, for deep dark chocolate flavor, Wicked Good Kitchen used and highly recommends Guittard® Extra Dark Chocolate Chips and HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK 100% Cocoa. We also highly recommend Organic Valley® Cream Cheese and Nielsen-Massey® Pure Vanilla Extract.

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