Rosie’s Fudgy Evaporated Milk Frosting

Gorgeous and glossy, this easy chocolate evaporated milk frosting spreads beautifully and makes any cake a tasty work of art.

By Yankee Magazine

Feb 01 2022

Rosie’s Fudgy Evaporated Milk Frosting

Evaporated Milk Frosting

Photo Credit : Amy Traverso

Senior Food Editor Amy Traverso’s loves this recipe for this chocolate evaporated milk frosting (so much so, she called it the best). It was originally published inRosie’s All-Butter, Cream-Filled, Sugar-Packed Baking Book by Judy Rosenberg (Workman Publishing, 2011). There are just three ingredients, and no added fat, other than the cocoa butter in the chocolate. Gorgeous and glossy, this easy frosting spreads beautifully and makes any cake a tasty work of art.


1 3/4 cups


6 ounces (6 squares) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler placed over simmering water. Let cool slightly.

Place the evaporated milk in a blender, then add the sugar. Blend on medium speed for 2 seconds. Add the chocolate to the sugar mixture and blend on high speed until the frosting is thick and shiny, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.

Spoon the frosting into a bowl and allow it to set a room temperature for 30 minutes. Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the frosting to set until firm, anywhere from several hours to overnight, depending on the weather (my frosting took about 2 hours to set on a cool fall day). Do not refrigerate the frosting, even if you don’t plan to use it for a few days. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.