Chocolate Butter Cream Icing

Pictured here on a moist delicious chocolate cake made with applesauce and buttermilk, it is a perfect (not too sweet) topping. Go ahead and mix it up though – instead of chocolate use raspberry jam for flavoring!

Chocolate Butter Cream Icing

1 cup salted butter

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 one ounce squares of melted semi sweet chocolate (make sure to cool it!)

1/2 tsp instant coffee

1-2 tbsp cream

3 – 3 3/4 cups icing sugar

Melt chocolate squares in microwave carefully, until they are smooth – stir and set asdie to cool

Whip the butter until light anf fluffy

Add cocoa powder, beating well


Add instant coffe to 1 tbsp cream, then add to butter mixture

Now, add in enough icing sugar, 1 cup at a time until you have reached the consistency you are looking for – fabulous!

Chocolate Cake (your new favorite!)

This cake is enough on it’s own, so moist and delicious with the buttermilk and applesauce – with a little chocolate butter cream icing on top, but if you are feeling fancy, go ahead and dress it up!  I have photos of this cake a couple of ways – always a hit!


Moist Delicious Chocolate Cake
2 cups butter milk (If you don’t have any buttermilk use regular milk, adding 2 tsp vinegar per cup)

1 cup apple sauce

2/3 cup oil

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

Blend well and set aside

In a separate bowl sift together:

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

Gently stir dry ingredients into wet, do not overmix.  When combined, pour into prepared (greased and floured)  baking dish –  9 x 13 baking pan, or 2 layer cake rounds.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes – check to make sure it is well set before removing from oven.

When I want to fancy this up and make a special occasion cake, I like to use a vanilla cream in between the layers, and also pipe it on top with fruit and a dusting of icing sugar. (Vanilla cream is featured on my Boston Cream Pie recipe) 

I was really fortunate to get this recipe from Gayle – our office works closely with hers, and as a treat, she dropped off this cake to us one day … we were all hooked!