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Rich, delicious buttercream frosting is the perfect complement to nearly any cake. Therefore, every cook should have a basic buttercream recipe in his or her arsenal.

This chocolate frosting is from Southern Living, so you know it’s good. We’re sure you’ll find plenty of uses for it!

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You will need:

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • ¾ cup whipping cream, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 10 cups powdered sugar, sifted, divided

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Get the full recipe here. Oh, and if you’re curious about the divine-looking cake in the picture, here’s how to make it.

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