Can it be my birthday again, already? They seem to come every six months lately. I usually treat myself to a baked goody on my birthday; come to think of it, it almost always involves chocolate, big surprise!! This is my favorite chocolate frosting, it is quick, easy, deliciously smooth on the tongue and it pipes beautifully!!!
¼ cup butter (warm but not melted)
½ cup baking cocoa
8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
Mix the cocoa and vanilla into the warm (but not melted) butter, beat until smooth, set aside. Beat the cream cheese until smooth (scrape the sides of the bowl so that you get it all mixed), then add the butter-chocolate mixture and beat until it is all smooth.
Beat in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each cup until smooth and enjoy.
NOTE: If I'm feeling adventurous, I add a little orange zest to this frosting.