This is a great alternative for buttercream, when frosting or filling a cake
10-11 oz bag good quality milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp flavoring extract (optional)
2 Tbsp butter
Place chocolate chips into a glass mixing bowl, and put aside.
In a small saucepan, combine heavy whipping cream, flavor extract (if using), and butter. Heat to a boil, remove from heat.
Pour hot cream mixture into bowl of chocolate chips. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Starting in the middle of the bowl, slowly start stirring the chocolate and cream until all of the chocolate is melted and the cream has disappeared into it – it should be smooth.
Cover with plastic wrap, preferably resting right on top of the surface – this prevents a skin from forming while it cools.
Allow to cool to room temperature, then whip with a stand or electric hand mixer for 2-5 minutes, or until fluffy.