Chocolate Frosting | Easy Recipe Using Ghirardelli Chocolate

by Nindo Mom on June 26, 2011

Rich Ghirardelli Chocolate Frosting

This frosting is excellent for icing cupcakes, cakes, and cream puffs. It’s got a very high chocolate content, when compared to most other frosting recipes out there, so you may find that you won’t want to use quite as much as you’re used to. It’s extremely rich–and so delicious!

Recipes on that go well with this frosting include:

Easy Cream Puffs

After an initial 65 seconds in the microwave, the chocolate is just starting to melt. You won't notice, though, until you actually start to mix the chocolate chips.

Chocolate Cherry Cake

Now for the recipe. Here we go….

Ingredients for Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips
  • about 5 T skim milk, warmed just to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions: How to Make Chocolate Frosting

  1. In a microwavable bowl, heat Ghirardelli chips on high for 45 seconds; remove and attempt to stir.(Chips may still be too stiff to stir.)
  2. Return chips to microwave and heat for another 20 seconds; remove and attempt to stir.
  3. Return chips to microwave and heat for 10 seconds; stir. Repeat until chips are just soft enough to turn completely smooth when stirred briskly. (Avoid overheating, because this will cause the chocolate to harden up permanently.)  NOTE: This recipe utilizes a 1100 watt microwave. If your

    After 75 seconds in the microwave, the chocolate is still not completely melted. A few lumps of unmelted chocolate are still visible, even after a brisk mixing with a fork.

    microwave is less than 1100 watts, you may need to heat your chocolate a slightly longer period of time; if your microwave is greater than 1100 watts, you may need to reduce the heating time.

  4. Once chocolate is melted enough to turn completely smooth when stirred, remove from microwave. Add milk, 1 tsp at a time, mixing well after each addition. (Using room temperature milk will help keep the melted chocolate from hardening up.)
  5. Add powdered sugar and stir until well combined. Tiny amounts of additional milk–1 tsp at a time–may be added at this point if needed to achieve desired texture for easy spreading.
  6. Enjoy!

    After about 90 seconds total time in the microwave (1100 watts), the chocolate is finally fully melted. When stirred briskly, no lumps of unmelted chocolate remain.

Recipe Yield: About 1 1/2 cups rich chocolate frosting

Cover frosting tightly with plastic wrap until ready to be used. This should be done by pressing a layer of plastic wrap down onto the surface of the frosting to keep air from getting to it.

Because of the high chocolate content of this frosting, it may solidify quickly as it cools to room temperature.

If this happens, simply slip it back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften it back up.




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