Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

I have two recipes here for chocolate cream cheese frosting. The first is dark and glossy and spreads beautifully, more like a sugar icing. The second is a pile it high cream cheese frosting. Both are delicious and it's really just a question of personal taste.

The glossy topping is more sophisticated than the plain sugar frosting. It's a lovely simple frosting for topping cupcakes which is fun to decorate with chocolate buttons or raspberries.

The pile it high frosting looks more decadent and is creamy, chocolatey and very moreish!


Glossy Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting


Level: easy
Time: 35 minutes
Covers 12 small cupcakes



1 tablespoon cream cheese
3 tablespoons icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon warm water




  • Mash all the ingredients together in a bowl.

  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before icing the cupcakes.

Serve with

I think this topping goes particularly well with the chocolate chip cupcakes. This is our favourite topping for this cupcake. We also think it goes well on the chocolate cupcakes.

This glossy cream cheese frosting is also great for using on English chocolate cake as a topping. It's very simple and looks pretty when decorated with strawberries.


Pile it High Cream Cheese Frosting

Level: easy
Covers 12 small cupcakes


30g cream cheese
30g unsalted butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder






  • Put the chocolate in a small glass or porcelain container and put it in the top of a double boiler. Put it in a small container within the double boiler because it is such a small amount of chocolate, you don't want to lose any. For more information about melting chocolate, click here.

  • Beat together the butter and the cheese with a hand held mixer.

  • Add the icing sugar and continue to beat until fully incorporated.

  • Add the melted chocolate and the cocoa powder.

  • Mix at full speed for 2 minutes until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.

  • Top the cooled cupcakes straight away. You can pipe it on if you like, but we prefer to simply spoon it on in a pile.

If you would like to pipe it on, you might find this Wilton frosting kit from Amazon a useful addition to your kitchen.

Serve with

We like this topping on chocolate cupcakes, chocolate chip cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes.


If you loved this Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting,
maybe you'd also like our Fluffy Frosting Recipe