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A chocolate cupcake with piped chocolate buttercream on a turned over metal tray.

5 Minute Small Batch Chocolate Buttercream

This small batch buttercream makes enough frosting to cover 6 cupcakes or an 8x8 pan of brownies. It uses melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder and is insanely delicious!
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Course: Frosting
Cuisine: American
Diet: Kosher
Keyword: 5 minute frosting, frosting for 6 cupcakes, small batch buttercream, small batch chocolate buttercream
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 cupcakes
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • Hand or Stand mixer


  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp heavy cream or milk
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt


  • In a small microwavable bowl, melt the 1/2 cup chocolate 30 seconds at a time, mixing in between, until melted
  • In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer add the 1/2 cup butter and 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and mix on low speed working your way up to medium as the butter and sugar combine. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes until pale yellow and fluffy.
  • Stop the mixer and add the melted chocolate, the 1/2 tsp cream, and 1/8 tsp of kosher salt. Mix again on medium speed until the chocolate is mixed throughout and the frosting is fluffy.


You can substitute 1/3 cup cocoa powder for the melted chocolate.
This recipe makes the perfect amount of frosting for 6 cupcakes. 


Nutrition Facts
5 Minute Small Batch Chocolate Buttercream
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 486IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.