9 Amazing Frosting Recipes

Cakes are pretty yummy, and they’re the perfect dessert for almost any celebration. But what’s better than cake? Frosting, of course! Lots and lots of yummy, buttery, fluffy frosting. In fact, the perfect frosting can make the cake with its just-so consistency, color, and texture. The best part? Most are so simple to whip up, you can leave it to the kiddos to get the job done. From buttercream to salted caramel to rosewater frosting (yay—pink frosting!), these 9 frosting recipes are going to get you going on your next cake-making day. And, hey, any day is reason enough to celebrate with iced cake, right?

  • Salted Caramel Frosting 1 of 9

    Salted caramel is all the rage lately—it's in ice cream (have you had the soft serve?), candy, and more, so it's about time someone put this awesomeness in cream form, right? Wait. It gets better. This recipe—if you opt for homemade salted caramel—features honey whiskey and lots and lots of butter.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Baked Bree

  • Milk Chocolate Frosting 2 of 9

    Sometimes it's best to stick to the simple pleasures—chocolate. In this recipe there's no skimping: a pound of it with sour cream and sugar makes for fluffy goodness best served at room temperature.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

  • Seven-Minute Frosting 3 of 9

    Sometimes you don't want your frosting to steal the show, but instead want it to offer a subtle taste with only a little texture. Perfect for lemon and coconut cakes, this recipe whips up in seven minutes, so now you can have no-nonsense perfection in no time at all.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

  • Bittersweet Sour Cream Frosting 4 of 9

    What makes this recipe special is that it's a like ganache but with sour cream, which makes it great for pairing with a bittersweet chocolate cake. It's the kind of frosting you can easily decorate for birthday parties, so mark this as your go-to the next time one rolls around.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Not Without Salt

  • Best Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting 5 of 9

    The verdict is in: Even if you're not a fan of sour cream, you have got to try this frosting. Why? It calls for optional espresso that really does enhance the chocolate flavor, it doesn't require a mixer, and you can easily adjust the ingredients to your tastes.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Life Is Great

  • Cream Cheese Frosting 6 of 9

    When you have a vegetable cake (or cupcakes) on the agenda, you're going to need a trusted, tangy recipe for cream cheese frosting because the two together make for unmatched flavor. Look no further than this recipe from Martha Stewart, who always manages to make the simple and sweet exceptional.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

  • Fluffy Rosewater Frosting 7 of 9

    You could make ordinary frosting with pink food coloring or you could make pink frosting that tastes as kitschy sweet as it looks. Just add a little rosewater to your frosting for the perfect cake topper for any cheery occasion.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Sweetapolita

  • Two-Ingredient Chocolate Buttercream Frosting 8 of 9

    There's chocolate frosting and there's buttercream frosting—and then there's two-ingredient chocolate buttercream frosting. Pretty awesome, right? Chocolate and butter, chilled then whipped. That's it—you're done!
    Image and recipe courtesy of Yammie's Noshery

  • Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting 9 of 9

    Enough talk of chocolate already. There's plenty of deliciousness to be found in classic vanilla too. This recipe for classic vanilla buttercream is forgiving and is loaded with tips on how to adjust the ingredients for the consistency required to achieve the look you're going for, while still keeping it super yummy.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Savory Sweet Life

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