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Joe-Joe’s Buttercream Frosting

If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that a plain buttercream is boring and overly sweet. I almost always pick it off of my cake or cupcakes, if I can help it. So, while perusing the aisles at Trader Joe’s one day, I picked up box of Joe-Joe’s in hopes of elevating my next buttercream frosting recipe.

Luckily for me, it worked! Incorporating Joe-Joe’s into my buttercream frosting recipe was the perfect addition. My basic buttercream recipe went from plain and boring to more flavorful and textured.

The next time you swing by Trader Joe’s, be sure to pick up a box of Joe-Joe’s so you can make this buttercream frosting recipe too. It’s a great way to elevate your buttercream without too many extra steps or effort.

As a matter of fact, this buttercream would make a great addition to some of our other recipes on the blog! Try it with our Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes, Chocolate Cake, Holiday Cupcakes, or our Red Velvet Cupcakes and let us know what you think.

Joe-Joe’s Buttercream Frosting Recipe Walkthrough

I am going to walk you through all of the steps on how to make this tasty Joe-Joe’s frosting recipe. All it requires is four simple steps in a stand mixer.

The first step is to cream the butter until smooth, before adding the sugar, followed by the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Once a fluffy buttercream has formed, all you have to do is fold in the crushed Joe-Joe’s!

I’ve provided a visual walkthrough via step by step photos of the recipe process, as well as helpful recipe notes. If you’re feeling confident, feel free to scroll to the bottom to get to the recipe card.

Step 1: Cream the butter until smooth.

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth.

Step 2: Add the powdered sugar.

Starting on low speed, mix the powdered sugar into the butter. Increase the mixing speed to medium-high and mix until smooth.

Be sure to scrape the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula halfway through to get any bits of butter that might stick to the sides and bottom.

Step 3: Add heavy cream, vanilla, and salt.

Mix on medium to high speed until all the ingredients have incorporated.

Step 4: Add crushed Joe-Joe’s.

You can crush the Joe-Joe’s by hand or use a food processor. I used a food processor to ensure I got fine, small crumbs.

Add the crushed Joe-Joe’s and gently fold until evenly dispersed throughout the frosting.

You can put this frosting on anything you wish! For me, I opted for the iconic Blackout Chocolate Cake Recipe from Rick Martinez at Bon Appetit. I only made one small change: I swapped the hot water for black coffee in the recipe.

The result is delicious and pairs well with the Joe-Joe’s Buttercream Frosting. What will you pair with this frosting? Let me know down in the comments below!

If you need some ideas for what to put this frosting on, you might want to check out some of my other recipes like, my Triple Chocolate Cake recipe or my Devil’s Food Chocolate Cupcakes recipe.

Joe-Joe's Buttercream Frosting

Joe-Joe's Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 1 frosting recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Finely crushed Joe-Joe's folded into a sweet, fluffy buttercream frosting.


  • 3/4 C (170g) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C (300g) Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 8 Joe-Joe's, finely crushed


  1. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth. This will take about 3-4 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, and mix on slow speed until it becomes mostly incorporated. Continue mixing and increase the speed to medium-high until the mixture is smooth, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Mix on medium-high for 1-2 minutes, until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  4. Gently fold in the crushed Joe-Joe's until they are evenly dispersed throughout the frosting.
  5. Use this frosting on your dessert of choice and enjoy!


For a thicker buttercream, be sure to add a bit more powdered sugar. Alternatively, for a thinner buttercream, be sure to add a bit of heavy cream.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 serving Serving Size: entire recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3160Total Fat: 178gCarbohydrates: 389gProtein: 5g

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