Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting

This Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting tastes just like whipped chocolate cheesecake!  It is a simple chocolate cream cheese buttercream that pipes beautifully unto cupcakes or cakes.  A hint of almond extract brings out the bold chocolate flavor making this frosting a chocolate lover’s dream!

I am convinced that this frosting makes the world a better place!  It is easy, light and fluffy, beautiful and absolutely delicious!  This is my favorite go-to chocolate frosting.  It is hands down the best I have ever made.  I’m pretty sure I will never make better!

In the name of cooking science I made a LOT of frosting to figure out what chocolate frosting would be life changing.  I made cupcakes and cupcakes and more cupcakes to go with all the batches of frosting.

When I made my final batch it is possible I got a bit carried away.  I was so excited with my final recipe that I gave Jack (my one year old) an entire cupcake to demolish.  He had no complaints about my heavy handed generosity.  By the time I was done it felt like I had given cupcakes to everybody we knew!
Maybe it is silly to think that a good frosting recipe makes the world a better place.  But, I’m guessing the first time you slather this chocolate cheesecake frosting on a birthday cake for somebody you love my point will be made.

Happy Cooking!

Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting


8 oz package cream cheese room temp
1/2 cup salted butter room temp
3 cups powdered sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder such as Hershey or Hershey Dark
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ - ½ tsp. almond extract


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip cream cheese and butter on high until mixed, about 30 seconds.
  • Add everything else and mix on slow until combined. Then beat on high until light and fluffy and no lumps remain, 2-3 minutes.

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