Chocolate Fudge Frosting – the Healthier Way!

I won’t take up space talking about the loveliness of this recipe because well…it’s CHOCOLATE FUDGE FROSTING. Even if I thought of some cute words to write, you would likely be saying, “Yada, yada…show us the recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  And so…without further ado or ANY ado…here is the fudge frosting recipe made with homemade powdered sugar from sucanat I’ve been promising you…

Chocolate Fudge FrostingYum

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4 (+) cups of powdered sugar (I suggest either making your own powdered sugar from sucanat, or using an unbleached powdered sugar)

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add water to the butter and bring it to a boil. Pour the boiling butter/water into a bowl with the cocoa and powdered sugar. Add vanilla and mix with beaters until thoroughly combined. Add a little more powdered sugar if the frosting is too runny, but keep in mind that it does thicken up just a little bit as it cools.

This recipe makes enough frosting for a two-layer cake or for a big sheet cake or for a nice thick layer of frosting on brownies or a 9×13 inch cake. Actually, it’s almost too much frosting for the brownies and 9×13 inch cake, so save some of it in your fridge and put the leftovers on homemade donuts another time. :)

Here’s our Buttermilk Chocolate Cake recipe! :)

 

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  1. Carla says

    Yummy! Can’t wait until I am done nursing this baby so that I can try it! Chocolate cake at my house in March!

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  2. Baking Mama says

    I also do this with sucanat and it makes a “healthier” chocolate frosting … but I can’t seem to get over the GRAINY texture! I can see the grains in your frosting, too. I guess if it doesn’t bother anybody else and you get used to it, then O.K. I guess I’m just spoiled by the smooth frostings we used to have (open a can of Duncan Hines!) )-: One thing that has helped is to use boiling water in the recipe. The sucanat grains dissolve that way, but unfortunately the fat melts, too, making it more runny. This makes a very nice frosting to “drizzle” over a bundt cake, though. (I like this better anyway because you use – and eat – less “sugar” than when you frost a two-layer cake!) Now if there was only a “healthy” yellow cake with white frosting that I am OFTEN asked to make for birthdays. Still have not found a recipe that I’m happy with (help, Laura!!!!!!!!!!!)

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  3. says

    My daughter was just telling me that the boiling water is supposed to bring out the flavor in the cocoa ~ So this should be great frosting! Thanks, Laura!

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  4. Erin Lowen says

    I’ve been craving chocolate and don’t want the bad for you candy bars. I can’t wait to try this one.
    Thanks.

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  5. Danielle says

    Looks great. My 3-year-old wants chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for his birthday November. I will be trying this recipe for sure!

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  6. Cheryl says

    Found the comment on why you boil the butter & water. Is that the reason?

    Will have to give this a go some time soon. Maybe for your pretzels I’m going to try for our church’s birthday fellowship this Sunday!

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    Laura Reply:

    I wasn’t aware that boiling the water and butter would bring out the cocoa flavor, but what I have noticed about doing this is that it gives the frosting more of a fudge consistency instead of just chocolate – if that makes any sense!

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  7. says

    It’s 60 degrees in my house today and the oven is already on because I don’t want to turn on the heat yet. I am thinking that a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting, apple sauce bread, and roasted potatoes might just be in the working while I am enjoying teaching Sonlight curriculum to my children.

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  8. says

    Is organic cane juice sweetener the same thing as sucanat? I found it in bulk at http://www.bulkfoods.com for $112.45 for 50 lbl.

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    Laura Reply:

    No, that’s not quite the same thing (if I was looking at the correct item). Sucanat has a brown color and is less refined than what they picture. I’ll do a more thorough explanation of sucanat in a few days.

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  9. DorthyM says

    I love frosting! Especially chocolate fudge…well, anything chocolate fudge! BTW. after seeing that the last thing showing up on facebook is what to do with butternut squash yesterday, and still not seeing an update now, i finally (duh) figured out, come to the website! Guess facebook is being picky again.

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  10. Christine says

    I am the only person in my house who likes chocolate frosting… Going to have to try this recipe and just eat it all myself!

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  11. says

    Looks good. I just bought some sucanat and tried your flour-less peanut butter bars. (which my kids loved) So I’ll have to try this. Keep the yummy recipes coming.

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  12. says

    Hello, beautiful! Who doesn’t love chocolate? And is there such a things as too much frosting for a pan of brownies? Not in our house there isn’t! And frosting on graham crackers is one of my favorite treats, although we do it less than once a year here. SO GOOD. Even better when they get soft the second day, but rarely make it that long.

    Heather

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  13. says

    Hmmm, now I need to make a cake so I can have a viable excuse to make this ridiculously yummy-looking frosting, Laura! (I seriously considered halving the recipe and just making a batch of it for us to enjoy straight from the ball, but that’s just too gluttonous. Even for me. :) Thanks for the great posts this week!

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  14. Mombeam says

    Are there specks in the frosting or is that just some effect of the photograph? If there are actually specks does that have to do with the sucanat?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, there are some specks in the frosting as the sucanat turned powdered sugar isn’t quite as fine as what we’re used to. But on the cake, I didn’t even notice. Also, the picture shows my first attempt at making it this way. The second time around, I was able to get it smoother.

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  15. Carol E. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. The only reason to eat cake is for the chocolate frosting, in my opinion.

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  16. Andrea says

    Finally! The recipe that has been TAUNTING us for a whole week. :) Do you think it would be possible to make this with coconut oil? It looks too yummy. I just might have to try and see!

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  17. Barbra says

    Looks lovely. I am a chocolate fan! But I may try it with carob powder, I know the taste will NOT be the same.

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  18. says

    Chocolate fudge frosting is my twin boys’ favorite. They don’t really care what’s underneath, be it carrot cake, marble cake, or even a pumpkin cake. They love giving me a hand in the kitchen. I used to put chocolate fudge frosting in a pipe bag, now they can simply scoop it out with a spatula right from the bowl. :)

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  19. Rebekah says

    Nothing beats homemade frosting! I read a comment recently on a cake making site where the woman said she didn’t have time to make homemade frosting but she constructed acorns out of meringue?? I love knowing how to make things from scratch! It really saves time (on last-minute runs to the store) and makes me feel like I know my way around my kitchen!

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  20. Susan says

    Oh, this sounds yummy. I live with 3 sickos (husband and sons) who do not like chocolate! :) This may not stop me from making it though. ;)

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  21. Kelly says

    This looks so wonderful! Even my husband (who has an incredible sixth sense about knowing when I’ve “healthied up” a recipe won’t see this coming!

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  22. Sara says

    Thanks! I am lazy and melted the butter in the microwave, added the water and heated it back up in the micro and then took it out and dumped it into the dry ingredients and mixed it with a regular spoon (i halved the recipe). It was GREAT on my homemade whole wheat brownies. yum!

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  23. Sue says

    My family does not like dark chocolate. Would you please tell me how strong the chocolate frosting is? It looks delicious.

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    Laura Reply:

    This is more of a milk chocolate I’d say…since it has butter in it. It’s rich, but not like dark chocolate.

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  24. Gretchen says

    This was really good! I used about 2/3 evaporated cane juice and 1/3 rapadura to cut down on the rapadura taste, but it was still strong. However, everyone really liked it! Thanks for the recipe, I will be making again.

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  25. ~ginger~ says

    I just made the Buttermilk chocolate cake with REAL butter, Buttermilk made from RAW milk, and Sucanat.

    I’m making the Powdered Sucanat Frosting from your website, and having made this before, I wanted to offer a couple of quick suggestions to aid in the consistency. First, use Milk instead of water, and secondly, add the cocoa powder directly to the butter mixture. While that’s cooling a little, mix all the remaining ingredients.

    Then combine the two mixtures. It’ll be smooth the very first time around, with a fraction of the beating time. (Esp. if you’re doing it by hand.:)~

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes! From a fellow Nourishing Traditions, Homesteading, Homeschooling Mom of 5!

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  26. says

    The novelty of having an effectively infinite supply of powdered sugar at my disposal caused me to make my frosting a little too stiff. It was still smooth and usable. It’s just that applying it to the cake was more like spreading putty than what I think of as typical frosting. It was a refreshing change from my too-thin efforts in my distant past, before I gave up frostings entirely. It was also utterly delicious.

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  27. Melissa says

    Finally had a good excuse to actually make this, and it was amazing!! I was given fresh cane sugar from a local farmer (south LA is loaded with cane fields ;)), so I powdered that in the blender instead of sucanat. It’s a little more moist, but the frosting was heavenly. ;) I got tons of compliments and requests for the recipe. Thank you for experimenting and sharing!

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    Laura Reply:

    I’m so jealous that you got FRESH cane sugar!!!!! I don’t even know what that looks like. It sounds so delicious!

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    Melissa Reply:

    It is, and it’s beautiful!! Some neighbors have friends and family from two different fields, so my sugar jar looks like one of those colored-sand “sculptures”. Wish you were closer to share, but, then again, we don’t have Azure Standard anywhere around here, which I am incredibly jealous of. ;)

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  28. Lisa says

    Cake is in the oven and the frosting…… oh, mine. I hope the cake gets some of the frosting because I can’t keep my fingers out of the bowl.

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  29. Angela says

    Oh wow!! This was fantastic frosting! I seriously wanted to just eat the whole bowl! Mine set up really quick making it a little challenging to spread…did I add too much powdered sugar? Is there something I could do different to keep it more spreadable? Thank you, thank you for this recipe. It’s definitely a keeper!!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    If you add just a tiny bit of water it should spread easier.

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    Angela Reply:

    Ahhh, ok. I’ll try this next time because, yes, there WILL be a next time. :) Thanks!!

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  30. Brooke says

    Quick question Laura!! :)
    On this recipe, can I replace the butter with coconut oil to make it dairy free??

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    Amy Reply:

    I’ve tried it with coconut oil and it worked wonderfully.

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    Brooke Reply:

    Thank you Amy :)

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I think it is delicious when replaced with coconut oil. My family loves it too!

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