Smooth Spreadable No-Cook Chocolate Frosting

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

My smooth spreadable no-cook chocolate frosting takes less than two minutes to make. Plus it uses only simple standard ingredients always in my pantry. 


My smooth spreadable no-cook chocolate frosting takes less than two minutes to make & uses standard ingredients always present in my pantry. #TexasHomesteader

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Simple Homemade Frosting Instructions

Here’s the ridiculously simple instructions on how I make my homemade frosting.

(hold on to your seats, these will be fast directions since there’s not much to it!)

First I pull out a few simple frosting ingredients:

      • Softened butter,

      • Cold coffee,

      • Cocoa,

      • Honey,

      • Vanilla extract,

      • Powdered sugar.

Now here’s the hard complicated part – I measure all ingredients into a bowl & whip until ingredients are fully combined and frosting is fluffy & spreadable.

All of these easy ingredients are in my pantry. And this no-cook frosting can be made in about two minutes.

I swear, that’s all there is to it. See? I told ya – Easy Peasy!

Baker’s Tip: It’s beneficial to spread this frosting on a slightly warm brownie (or cake).

That’s because the warmth of the brownie helps soften the frosting even more and spread more easily. The result is a smoother more chocolaty-licious frosting.

Homemade Chocolate Frosting Benefits

I love this simple chocolate frosting recipe for several reasons:

  • Simple Ingredients – First, the simple ingredients are always in my pantry. No specialty ingredients here, y’all! Just pure, natural things like butter, powdered sugar, cocoa and pure honey.

No Franken-ingredients here! Only simple ingredients I recognize and can pronounce in my homemade frosting. 

  • Intensified Chocolate Flavor – I love that the addition of that tiny amount of cold coffee really intensifies the chocolate flavor. You just know I’m gonna love more chocolate!

I often get rave reviews from other chocoholics too when I bring a dessert topped with this easy homemade frosting.

  • Zero-Waste – It’s a big deal that by whipping up this homemade frosting (in just minutes, mind you!) that there’s no plastic tub to get rid of.

As hard as I’ve been trying over the years to Reduce Plastic Coming Into Our Home, keeping an eye out for easy ways to eliminate plastic from ever coming into our home in the first place is important to me. This recipe surely makes that easy. (And DELICIOUS!)

  • Inexpensive – As is often the case with homemade food, this simple chocolate frosting recipe costs just pennies to make.

That’s important to me too since RancherMan & I are living here on the Homestead Without A Corporate Paycheck.

But by being mindful of our expenses, we’re able to live quite nicely on very little money.

  • Homemade Is Better – And finally, who doesn’t love homemade?

It’s so very often heads & shoulders above any mass-produced ingredient you buy at the store. And this chocolate frosting recipe earns that distinction that’s for sure!

This simple chocolate frosting recipes requires no cooking. Just mix & frost! #TexasHomesteader

So a recipe that’s quick, simple, delicious, inexpensive and zero waste too?

Oh yeah, now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

Desserts That Deserve Chocolate Frosting

As a confirmed CHOCOHOLIC I often whip up this simple mix-n-frost chocolate frosting for three of my favorite simple desserts:

My mama taught me to share, so I’m sharing my simple no-cook chocolate frosting recipe with you below.

Be prepared to hear exclamations of delight when you serve dessert topped with this simple frosting.

You’re welcome!

Did you make this dish? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!


My homemade no-cook chocolate frosting stirs together in minutes. #TexasHomesteader
5 from 1 vote

Chocolate No-Cook Frosting: (frosts an 8x8 cake)

I needed a simple chocolate frosting and I'm a big fan of recipes that require no cooking. This decadent no-cook frosting recipe is delicious and comes together in minutes. #TexasHomesteader

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, coffee, frosting, no-cook
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 8x8 cake



  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon strong coffee (or milk)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Combine 3 tablespoons softened butter, 1 tablespoon strong coffee, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar.

  2. Whip until ingredients are fully combined and frosting is spreadable & fluffy.

  3. Frost cake or brownies while they are still warm.


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28 thoughts on “Smooth Spreadable No-Cook Chocolate Frosting

  1. Angela DeGroot

    5 stars
    Ok I have made the crazy cake recipe with this icing about 20 times now always a big hit. One thing I have discovered on my side is sometimes I am in a hurry and try and soften the butter in the microwave and get it melted. The icing then runs to the edges, still tasty but I have found if I put the butter in a glass measuring cup and sit on top of the stove or next to my toaster oven while the cake is cooking I then get my soften not melted butter and love the icing much better, nice and think and holds to each cake slice perfectly. Making the cake today on your nephew’s request.

  2. shelley

    This looks delicious and what could be better than something that’s no cook? I’ve pinned this to the OTM board and to my personal recipe board as well. Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon. We look forward to seeing you again next week.

  3. Katy SkipTheBag

    Shockingly I’ve never made chocolate frosting before. I’ll have to save this recipe for when the need arises. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

  4. Janet Vinyard

    Sounds delicious, especially since you added coffee to the mix! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Blessings, Janet

  5. Phyllis S

    This works perfectly on brownies. thank you!

  6. Margy

    My mom made similar frosting with cream warmed with the butter instead of the coffee. She sure was a good cook!

  7. Patti

    How on earth did I ever miss this post, be still my heart! It’s snowing like crazy here with temps around -20 tonight so these will brighten the day for sure. I have the day off so I can stay in the PJ’s and eat and eat and eat…… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great weekend!

  8. ColleenB.~Texas

    Ok, just to let you know my friend. This frosting is Awesome.
    I used it on a pan of brownies but there was one problem. I think I ate more right from the bowl than I put on the brownies :} I even spread a little on a few graham crackers

  9. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner

    Mmm chocolate. Never heard of adding coffee to chocolate frosting! I will have to try it. Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!!

    1. Tammy Taylor Post author

      The small amount of coffee really intensifies the chocolate flavor Amanda, give it a try. ~TxH~

  10. Melissa

    Never thought of putting coffee in brownie frosting! But I guess if you do – that means no guilt for having one for breakfast right?? ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    More chocolate…you obviously know my weakness! I love that this recipe looks so easy to make. That’s always a big plus in my book! I’m so glad that you linked up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!!!


    1. Tammy Taylor Post author

      My weakness too Lisa, as you can tell!! I’m an unapologetic choco-holic. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~TxH~

  12. Brenda

    This sounds so easy and yummy! I will have to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Terri Presser

    Sounds and looks like a great frosting (or icing as we call it in Australia). I am always on the look out for different ideas and anything chocolate is good. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. Tammy Taylor Post author

      Oh yes ma’am, Terri. ANYTHING chocolate is good! This is my favorite frosting (or icing) because it doesn’t have to be cooked and contains healthier ingredients. Give it a try. ~TxH~

  14. Christine

    Oh my gosh! That looks amazing!!!

  15. JES

    My daughter and I were just looking for a brownie frosting! We will try yours! I also like the easy pantry ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing this with us!

  16. Sue Williams

    I agree…brownies must be drenched in chocolate! This frosting is right up my alley…fast and easy. I am definitely trying this with my next batch of brownies. Stopping by during the blog hop from Katherine’s Corner.

  17. FABBY

    I’m loving this frosting recipe and I can imagine how good spreading consistancy it is because of the ingredients, specially with the honey! Thanks for sharing.


  18. Texas Homesteader Post author

    I always though frosting was a little more work and I do have some drizzly frostings that I use that cooks for a couple of minutes – still quick & easy but not as easy as THIS! Yep, I’m a changed woman since using this recipe… ~TxH~

  19. ColleenB.

    I remember making this frosting when I was just a kid; only my mother didn’t add honey and she always used milk in place of the coffee. I will definitely try the honey and coffee some day.
    Usually when I get in a hurry, I pop in a store bought container of frosting in the microwave, nook it for a short time and then pour over my brownies or cake. Now, there are times when I do make homemade frosting or sometimes ganache for some of my baked goodies. I like the ganache running down the sides of the cake along with the smoothness of it.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and stay warm


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