Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting


Author: Rachel

Published Date: August 3, 2023

5 minutes and 5 simple ingredients are all you need to make this ultra decadent chocolate Cool Whip Frosting.

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With a delightful taste guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth, this frosting is sure to become your go-to topping on all your favorite desserts. It’s rich, creamy, chocolatey and hits all the right spots- you just can’t go wrong with it!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • Perfect balance of flavors: The frosting has the perfect balance of sweetness and the chocolate flavor you’re looking for.
  • Super easy to make: Making this version of the frosting is pretty easy. You don’t need a lot of kitchen time too.
  • Better than packaged: The frosting turns out better than you can imagine- in terms of taste, flavor and everything else!
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CHOCOLATE COOL WHIP FROSTING INGREDIENTS

  • Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cool Whip

*see recipe card for amounts

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HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COOL WHIP FROSTING IN A BOWL

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate instant pudding, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk using a handheld or standing mixer. Beat on medium high for about a minute and a half, you will end up with a very thick mixture.
  2. Next, beat in one tub of Cool Whip until it’s mostly incorporated. Repeat the same process with the second and third tubs of Cool Whip, adding one at a time until well combined.
  3. Your frosting should become stiffer as you beat it and stand up into peaks on the whisk attachment.
  4. Once all the Cool Whip has been incorporated and the mixture is smooth, your Cool Whip Frosting is ready to use.
  5. You can apply the frosting right away or store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. If you’re not using it immediately, be sure to cover it to prevent it from drying out. The longer the frosting is in the fridge, the better it will set up – I recommend chilling for 1 hour at least if you are piping.

STORAGE AND REHEATING NOTES:

You can absolutely make this frosting a day ahead of time. Just make sure to wrap the bowl securely and store in the refrigerator overnight.

You can use it right away but I found it very easy to work with cold as well. I would wait to pipe or frost your cupcakes/cake until the day you plan to serve them. 

The frosting will hold it’s shape once it’s been piped if sitting out at room temperature for a party or gathering. It is stabilized and won’t melt but I would store leftovers in the refrigerator. 

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HELPFUL TIPS & SUBSTITUTIONS:

What Other Flavor Variations Can I Try?

You can try lots of different flavor variations and try out different Cool Whip frostings of your choice. Just swap the chocolate pudding mix for your choice of flavored pudding mix- it is that easy!

Can I Use this Frosting Instead of Buttercream Frosting?

You totally can! This chocolate Cool Whip frosting actually has less saturated fat as opposed to frosting made using whipping cream, it’s a great alternative to buttercream and store-bought frostings!

What Can I use this Frosting on?

You can use the frosting in lots of ways- to top on your homemade cakes and cupcakes, to use as a layer for your dessert cups, and even as a dip for your fresh fruits.

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Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting


4.30 from 17 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 68 kcal
This easy chocolate Cool Whip frosting recipe is sure to become your absolute go-to for all your homemade desserts.

EQUIPMENT

  • 1 Large mixing bowl

INGREDIENTS
  

  • 5.1 Ounces Instant Chocolate Pudding, family size
  • 3 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 24 ounces Cool Whip, thawed in the refrigerator

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate instant pudding, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk using a handheld or standing mixer. Beat on medium high for about a minute and a half, you will end up with a very thick mixture.
  • Next, beat in one tub of Cool Whip until it’s mostly incorporated. Repeat the same process with the second and third tubs of Cool Whip, adding one at a time until well combined.
  • Your frosting should become stiffer as you beat it and stand up into peaks on the whisk attachment.
  • Once all the Cool Whip has been incorporated and the mixture is smooth, your Cool Whip Frosting is ready to use.
  • You can apply the frosting right away or store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. If you’re not using it immediately, be sure to cover it to prevent it from drying out. The longer the frosting is in the fridge, the better it will set up – I recommend chilling for 1 hour at least if you are piping.

NOTES

Notes:
  • Important Notes: I recommend only using the brand name Cool Whip. I have tried generic brands of cool whip before and they just don’t work as well. ALSO, be sure the cool whip is not at all frozen. It must be fully thawed or when you go to whip the ingredients together, the consistency will be wrong and won’t stiffen up properly.
  • You don’t technically NEED 3 tubs of cool whip to make this frosting BUT I added three and maintained the flavor without it tasting TOO much like pudding. You can technically make this recipe with only 2 tubs but it retains its consistency and shape with 3 (8oz) tubs just fine and I prefer the flavor balance.
Storage Instructions:
  • You can absolutely make this frosting a day ahead of time. Just make sure to wrap the bowl securely and store in the refrigerator overnight.
  • You can use it right away but I found it very easy to work with cold as well. I would wait to pipe or frost your cupcakes/cake until the day you plan to serve them.
  • The frosting will hold it’s shape once it’s been piped if sitting out at room temperature for a party or gathering. It is stabilized and won’t melt but I would store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Reheating Instructions:
  • The frosting is best enjoyed cold- no heating or reheating needed! 
Other FAQ suggestions:

  • What Other Flavor Variations Can I Try?

    You can try lots of different flavor variations and try out different Cool Whip frostings of your choice. Just swap the chocolate pudding mix for your choice of flavored pudding mix- it is that easy!

    Can I Use this Frosting Instead of Buttercream Frosting?

    You totally can! This chocolate Cool Whip frosting actually has less saturated fat as opposed to frosting made using whipping cream, it’s a great alternative to buttercream and store-bought frostings!

    What Can I use this Frosting on?

    You can use the frosting in lots of ways- to top on your homemade cakes and cupcakes, to use as a layer for your dessert cups, and even as a dip for your fresh fruits.

NUTRITION

Serving: 24cupcakesCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 256mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 58IUCalcium: 37mgIron: 0.01mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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