Rich Chocolate Frosting

This rich chocolate frosting is another recipe from my upcoming cookbook, Carla’s Best¬†125 Gluten-Free Recipes.¬†There are two ingredients that make this frosting richer than traditional buttercream frosting recipes. Taste-testers loved it!

Rich Chocolate Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes enough to cover a 2-layer cake or a single layer filling

Rich Chocolate Frosting

A rich gluten free chocolate frosting that you can adjust the thickness according to your needs.


    For a 2-Layer Cake:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or gluten-free margarine (Smart Balance or Earth Balance)
  • 1-1/3 cup gluten-free Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup (10 tablespoons) heavy whipping cream (or coconut milk for dairy-free)
  • 4¬†cups confectioners'¬†sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure¬†vanilla extract
  • For a 9-inch Cake Filling:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter or gluten-free margarine
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons¬†heavy whipping cream
  • 1¬†cup confectioners'¬†sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure¬†vanilla extract


  1. Whip the butter in the bowl of your mixer on medium speed until creamy. Mix in the cocoa powder thoroughly. Beat in the whipping cream. Sift in the confectioners’ sugar a little at a time; beat until fluffy. Add the vanilla and blend on low speed. Set frosting aside.
  2. Use to frost your favorite gluten-free cakes.


Add additional confectioners’ sugar as desired to create a thicker frosting.

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