32 Frosting Recipes for Any Occasion
No matter what time of year it is, there's always an occasion that'll warrant cake. In other words, that also means you never can't use a good frosting recipe.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
While this simple Vanilla Buttercream is the perfect frosting for crafting our Unicorn Cake (pictured above), it's also a fantastic go-to recipe for anytime you need to frost a cake. Layer cakes and cupcakes alike, this classic buttercream frosting will aways be a crowd-pleaser and makes for a great vanilla base when you plan to dress a cake up with additional garnishes, like fresh fruit or chocolate shavings.
Chocolate Avocado Frosting
This vegan frosting is silky smooth and loaded with chocolate flavor and healthy fats.
Strawberry Cream Frosting
Irish Whisky Frosting
Add this dangerously scrumptious Irish whisky frosting to any chocolate stout dessert.
Celebrate springtime and the arrival of fresh strawberries with this Strawberry Frosting. With a short ingredient list and just 15 minutes, you have a decadently beautiful frosting. We love including the freshest ingredients in our recipes, so stock up on strawberries while they’re in season. Whether you’re using it to dress up vanilla cupcakes, make a layer-cake masterpiece, cover an ice box pie, or spread over a sheet cake for a crowd, this strawberry icing is the sweetest way to welcome warm weather. This gorgeous white frosting with flecks of fresh strawberries would be ideal on mini cupcakes for a bridal or baby shower, and the colors would look perfectly patriotic with a blueberry dessert for the Fourth of July. If you’re a fan of strawberry cake, this icing recipe needs to be the next one you use to top it off. If you’d rather your strawberry desserts be painted pink, just add a drop of pink food coloring gel.
Don't skip the fresh lemon juice!
Paired with our Tahini-Blueberry Sheet Cake, this simple buttercream ties everything together and makes for a low-effort, eye-catching presentation.
Perfect Italian Meringue
Whether you’re topping a pie or coating cake, follow this foolproof technique to produce stunningly fluffy swoops of Italian Meringue every time.
Time: 25 minutes. This recipe goes with our Best Butter Cake—but it's also great as a cookie frosting.
Fluffy Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting
A fluffy buttercream that is perfect for frosting cupcakes and is super fluffy and airy This frosting only takes a few minutes of your time to make.
Truly, what could be better? With tart lime curd and tequila syrup, this festive show-stopper does justice to the flavors of an authentic margarita.
Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting makes a decadent garnish on any Southern dessert.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream cheese frosting and red velvet cake are inseparable for a reason: The frosting's tangy flavor is a perfect contrast to the cake's sweetness.
White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is an all-around favorite topping for cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.
Hands-on 15 min., Total 15 min.
Lemon-Orange Buttercream Frosting
White Russian Frosting
A White Russian cocktail is typically made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. This creamy frosting version of the cocktail contains coffee liqueur but no vodka. Use it to frost a layer cake or cupcakes, either vanilla or chocolate.
Crème de Menthe Frosting
Green crème de menthe adds faint color and cool flavor to Crème de Menthe Frosting. Spread on top of your favorite cake.
A couple of drops of peppermint extract adds cool flavor to this 3-ingredient Peppermint-Cream Frosting.
Key Lime Buttercream
This recipe goes with: Rum Cake with Key Lime Buttercream
Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream Frosting
Whip up a mint chocolate chip buttercream frosting and you will be an instant hero. This rich frosting alone takes any cake from ordinary to extraordinary.
Salted Caramel Frosting
Pair your favorite cake with Salted Caramel Frosting. A pinch of sea salt sets this frosting apart from other caramel frostings.
Blackberry Buttercream Frosting
Whipped Cream Caramel Frosting
Shy away from making caramel frosting? No worries here-- this is the easiest caramel frosting ever. It takes its time firming up, so there's no need to rush while frosting the layers.