ganache, or whipped ganache. But sometimes that's too rich, or won't hold up to the heat/humidity. So, I will go with a chocolate buttercream. It's sweet and chocolatey. Just perfect for something like a vanilla cupcake.
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) - at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 lb. powdered sugar (approx. 4 cups)
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2 oz. Semi-sweet or Unsweetened chocolate (melted)
2-3 Tsbp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. Meringue Powder
Yield: Approx. 3 cups.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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