This is a really easy to make chocolate buttercream that works on any sweet cake or muffin, I have even used it between biscuits.
I ALWAYS use this recipe! the reason everyone is having problems with this icing is simple: depends on how soft your butter is...the softer butter gives you a soft consistancy, even if u start with hard stick of butter, its easy to over mix, and it melts...also melts in a hot kitchen if you're baking a lot. You WILL have to tweek this recipe every time u make it..because of this...ALSO..if u sift the powdered sugar, it will change the ingred. slightly, so, i always add milk last, in ver small amounts to get it where i want it to be...you can also add about a tsp or so, to your liking to get a glossier icing that spreads easier...i also add more cocoa cause i fiend for chocolate, lol. which also means more butter, more milk more sugar, to get it the consistancy i prefer. you can also tweek it to 1/2 shortening and butter for more of a store bought taste...i also add vanilla to this recipe. different variations..but all the same recipe in general. its just what u prefer. - 22 Sep 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I am a cake decorator,and have tried many different icings, this chocolate butter cream is by far the best I have tasted yet, creamy and not too sweet. It isn't stiff enough to make roses but this creamy milk chocolate icing makes any cake a hit. - 01 Sep 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I gave this recipe an average rating not because I was successful in making it but because it seemed like it would have been easy is if had turned out. There is not nearly enough liquid to make this recipe work. It would be nice to know the correct measurements. - 28 May 2000 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)