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18 Homemade Frosting Recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, and More

These frosting and icing ideas for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more are sure to tickle your sweet tooth.

Whether you're making a cake from scratch or want a special garnish on those cookies, there's always a need for an easy frosting recipe. Our collection has all of our favorites in one place: cream cheese, chocolate cake, buttercream, and more. All you'll have to do is find the perfect dessert to serve with 'em! So go ahead, frost that cake with confidence, find cupcake and cake topping ideas, and decorate your cookies to your heart's content.

These homemade frosting recipes will be the perfect addition to your favorite desserts. Mix and match cake bases with these delicious and unique frosting recipes to create one-of-a-kind dessert creations that the whole family will love.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Once you see how easy it is to make this rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, you'll wonder why you ever bought canned stuff. We've been told this classic homemade frosting recipe is one of the best around!

Buttercream Frosting

This recipe for Buttercream Frosting is a must-have on all of your special-occasion cakes. From birthday cakes to holiday cakes, you'll get rave reviews from your family and friends once they get a taste of this great sweet treat!

Sour Cream Frosting

Our quick and easy homemade Sour Cream Frosting is made with only 4 simple ingredients, which you probably already have on hand. The end result is a fresh-tasting creamy topping for any dessert!

Old Fashioned Southern Chocolate Frosting

Our Old Fashioned Southern Chocolate Frosting is a glossy, sweet, and perfect for topping cakes that you want to fancy up with decorating gel. And it tastes as good as it looks, too!

Fluffy Pudding Frosting

Our Fluffy Pudding Frosting is a must-have. It's a basic, easy frosting recipe that can be used to make all of your cakes and cupcakes even better. This homemade frosting recipe is a keeper.

Peppermint Frosting

While our Peppermint Frosting is the perfect addition to any holiday cake, it's also great on after-dinner desserts, too! We just love the cool, refreshing, mint flavor!

Peanut Butter Frosting

How do you make your chocolate cakes and cupcakes taste even better? Top 'em off with our fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting. This decadent and fluffy topping is the stuff peanut butter lovers' dreams are made of.

Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting

This rich Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting has just the right amount of crunch from pecans and is perfect for a red velvet cake or, really, any cake!

Mocha Frosting

Adding a little bit of coffee to chocolate gives it an extra-rich taste that makes it hard to forget, which is just what we did with our Mocha Frosting. Now you have another way to get your coffee fix in all day long!

Vanilla Butter Frosting

We fashioned this Vanilla Butter Frosting recipe after a recipe we found topping cupcakes at a school bake sale. The rich buttery taste says this is certainly homemade and ready for topping almost anything. 

Caramel Frosting

There's so much to love in this easy homemade frosting recipe. Our Caramel Frosting is a great change-of-pace from your everyday chocolate, vanilla, and buttercream frosting. Give it a try for a surprisingly delicious new flavor on all your baked goods!

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

What's the secret to a chocolate lovers heart? How about a chocolate cake frosted with our Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting? Now that's what we call decadence!

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

If you go crazy for cinnamon desserts, then you'll love our Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting. With this recipe, you can top all of your favorite cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with a bit of easy and creamy cinnamon flavor. 

Banana Pudding Frosting

This is the kind of frosting we expect you'd see on cupcakes at a bake sale in the South. That's cause this Banana Pudding Frosting has all the flavor of a traditional Southern dessert favorite, in a creamy and spreadable form!

Buttery Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake just isn't carrot cake unless it's topped with cream cheese frosting. Here's one you'll find yourself using again and again, 'cause it works on almost any cake. (It's even great on our Iced Carrot Cake Cookies!)

Lemon Frosting

Simple, sweet, and a little tart, our Lemon Frosting is an easy homemade frosting that can be used to top any of your best cakes. It's perfect for all of your spring desserts, but can be enjoyed any time you'd like!

Red Velvet Frosting

A simple way to dress up your holiday cakes or Valentine's Day desserts is to top 'em off with some red velvet frosting. Our recipe for Red Velvet Frosting tastes just as good as it looks, and pairs with everything from chocolate to vanilla. 

Vanilla Frosting

BONUS - Diabetic-Friendly! You can have your cake and eat it too, especially when it's topped with our low-sugar Vanilla Frosting! This is the perfect frosting for all of your favorite diabetic-friendly cakes! With just the right mixture of sweet and creamy, this is one that's good enough to eat by the spoonful (just one!).

Now that you're armed with all these great icing recipes, don't forget to check out our Test Kitchen tips and tricks for How to Frost a Cake and How to Make Glaze!

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