And then I finally found it. Well actually I found it months and months ago but I never tried it until a few weeks ago. And then I kicked myself for not trying it sooner. I do this a lot unfortunately. The secret ingredient is Ovaltine. I realize this is pretty unorthodox, but it totally works.
I could happily eat this frosting with a spoon. If you're looking for the perfect chocolate frosting, look no further. You've found it.
By the way, a year ago I started this little blog on a day when I had nothing to do at my office. Here I am a year later, laid off from that job, but happily running a bakery and living my dream. I love all of you guys. It's so much fun to do this; read your comments; feel your love on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest; and stalk my stats on Google Analytics to see how many people are reading and what you guys are checking out! I'm addicted, and I love it! Thanks for everything! You are the best!
Makes enough for one 8-inch or 9-inch cake or 24 cupcakes
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Note: You can make this in a stand mixer, food processor, or with a hand mixer.
12 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (use Dutch Process if you have it)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Scant 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup rich chocolate Ovaltine powder
In a mixer or food processor, cream together the butter, cocoa, and salt until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in 2 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk the Ovaltine into the cream and then add that into the mixing bowl while it's running on low. Blend until well combined and smooth. If it's grainy, mix longer or put in the fridge and let it firm up a bit and then remix. Add up to another 1/2 cup powdered sugar if needed.
From Confections of a Foodie Bride who adapted it from the Joy the Baker cookbook