Close this search box.
Fudge Icing on Layer Cake

Share this:


  • 1 1/3 Cup (Up to 3 Cups for thicker frosting) Powdered Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 5 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Fudge Icing

A very rich and fudgey chocolate frosting for any cake.

15 Minutes

Serves: 8-12


A very versatile frosting that tastes just like fudge. Make as-is to pour over a sheet cake or add more powdered sugar to use for a layer cake. Or just make it and eat it by the spoonful.

Fudge Icing Ingredients

This is Grandma’s recipe for Fudge Icing. The recipe was written on the back of the recipe card for Hot Milk Yellow Cake and of course, pairs perfectly with that. You could eat this amazing frosting on just about any cake though, or cookies, or a spoon. It’s that good. It’s chocolate frosting taken to a whole new level with its rich, fudgey taste. Make it according to Grandma’s recipe if you’re pouring it over a sheet cake. You can use this frosting for a layer cake by just adding more powdered sugar at the end.

While this frosting is a little more complicated than most frosting recipes, the extra effort pays off with just how tasty it is. Melting and heating the milk and butter isn’t exactly complicated, stir in powdered sugar and bring to a boil while stirring. Simple – but you need to keep your eye on it. Boil for a minute and take off the heat. Add the vanilla and then pour over the chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Really, a pretty easy recipe.

To use this frosting on a layer cake where you need the frosting strong enough to frost the sides of the cake, you’ll need to add more sugar. I ended up adding about an additional 1 2/3 Cups powdered sugar to get it thick enough to use on a layer cake. Just add the additional powdered sugar after the hot milk mixture has been added to the chocolate chips. Add the powdered sugar by 1/3 – 1/2 cup increments until you achieve the desired consistency. Remember, that because of the butter, sugar and chocolate, the frosting will also firm up as it cools so try to keep it a little looser than you think.

I hope you enjoy this frosting as much as we did. Let us know in the comments what else you might try it on as well. And share a picture with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes).

Fudge Icing Recipe


  • Set Aside Chocolate Chips in Mixing Bowl 

    In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, add the chocolate chips and set aside.

    Fudge Icing Chocolate Chips
  • Heat Milk, Butter and Sugar 

    In a medium sauce pan, heat the milk, butter and 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar. As the mixture heats up, gently whisk while the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Keep stirring and bring it all to a boil and boil for one minute.

    Fudge Icing Milk and Butter Melting
    Fudge Icing Add Powdered Sugar
    Fudge Icing Boiling Mixture
  • Pour Over Chips 

    After boiling for a minute, pour the milk mixture over the chocolate chips. With the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, or with a handheld mixer combine all the ingredients as the chocolate chips melt. Go slow at first and gradually increase the speed as the frosting becomes smooth.

    Fudge Icing Pour Over Chocolate Chips
  • Add More Powdered Sugar if Needed 

    Once the frosting is mixed and very smooth it is ready to be poured over a sheet cake. Simply pour it all over a ROOM TEMPERATURE sheet cake and smooth out with a spatula. The frosting will set beautifully but will be a very soft frosting. If you are frosting a layer cake though, at this point you will need to add up to another cup and half of powdered sugar before it is strong enough to frost the sides of a cake and not just spread everywhere. Add the additional powdered sugar by half cup amounts, mix on low until completely combined until you get the texture you want. Remember that as the frosting cools, it will continue to firm up quite a bit as well. At this point, the frosting is ready to use!

    Finished Frosting



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *