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Homemade Frosting Recipes

Nothing compares to homemade frosting on a freshly baked cake, cupcake or cookie! Find all of your favorite frostings in this collection of recipes, including buttercream, chocolate, cream cheese and more.

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Bakery Frosting

Mom used this sweet frosting for all of our family’s birthday cakes. Now I use it on cakes for our three preschoolers. A big batch keeps for quite a while in the refrigerator and is cheaper than canned frosting. —Barbara Jones of Tower Hill, Illinois
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Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

After trying a few buttercream frosting recipes, this easy buttercream frosting takes the cake with its unmatchable homemade taste. With a few simple variations, you can come up with different colors and flavors. —Diana Wilson, Denver, Colorado
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Tip: Quick Cupcakes

To quickly frost cupcakes, place frosting in a bowl. The frosting should be a soft, spreadable consistency. If it is too stiff, add milk a teaspoon at a time until it reaches desired consistency. Dip top of cupcake into the frosting, twist slightly and lift up. – Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Glossy Chocolate Frosting

The original recipe for this thick chocolate frosting was my grandmother's. I lightened it up, but it still has all of the original's taste. —Melissa Wentz, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I make these moist bars whenever I have ripe bananas on hand, then store them in the freezer to share later at a potluck. With creamy frosting and big banana flavor, this treat is a real crowd-pleaser. —Debbie Knight, Marion, Iowa
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Tip: Semi-Homemade Frosting

Don’t have the time to make homemade frosting? Mix a can of store-bought frosting (any flavor) with an 8-ounce container of whipped topping. The result is so soft, creamy and easy to spread that everyone will think you made traditional cooked 7-minute frosting. – Sheila S., Eleanor, West Virginia

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Cake with Buttercream Decorating Frosting

This sweet creamy frosting made with real butter is easy to blend together and holds its shape nicely when used to decorate a special layer cake. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I always requested banana cake with fudge frosting for my birthday. Mom’s recipe is attached to my fridge—and my heart. It’s funny how many memories live on in a stained handwritten recipe card. On a more practical note: It's important to make sure the whipped cream cheese is truly at room temperature before you use it. If not, it chills the softened butter and makes for lumpy frosting. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Tip: Smooth It Out

The best way to ensure smooth frosting is to sift the confectioners’ sugar before adding it to the softened butter. Beating with an electric mixer will also help to produce a velvety frosting. – Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Vanilla Frosting

Why settle for store-bought frosting when you can make this four-ingredient easy frosting recipe instead? The homemade taste just can't be beat. —Mary Faulk, Cambridge, Wisconsin
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Buttercream Frosting

This basic buttery frosting has unmatchable homemade taste. With a few simple variations, you can come up with different colors and flavors—from orange, lemon and mint to chocolate and peanut butter. —Diana Wilson, Denver, Colorado
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Tip: Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

I blend an 8-ounce package of cream cheese into a 16-ounce can of prepared frosting. It enhances the flavor, reduces the sweetness and increases the amount of frosting. Try it with any flavor. – Edith B., Peoria, Illinois

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Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

Old-fashioned flavor comes through with the molasses, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in these light, fluffy cupcakes. The mocha frosting is a fresh touch that makes them extra special. —Sarah Vaughan, Waterville, Maine
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Winter White Filling or Frosting

How versatile! Prepare this recipe for use as a cake filling, frosting or both. —Sarah Thompson, Greenfield, Wisconsin
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Tip: Spreading & Decorating

Frosting needs to be just the right consistency for spreading and decorating. If it’s too thin, add a little confectioners’ sugar. If it’s too thick, add a little milk. – Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Rich Buttercream Frosting

A few simple ingredients make a creamy frosting that finishes cakes, cupcakes and cookies. If you love making desserts, keep this frosting recipe handy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Amaretto Butter Frosting

Put the crowning touch on cupcakes with this rich and buttery Amaretto topper. —Anette Stevens, Olds, Alberta
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Tip: Tint It!

Tint white frosting with liquid, gel or paste food coloring. Liquid will give a pastel color; gel and paste give a deeper color. Add a little at a time, stir in and check the color. You can always add more, but it’s hard to lighten the color. The color generally darkens as the frosting dries. – Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

This creative recipe couldn't be easier — or more impressive! Made from a standard box mix, simply fold in cookie dough and then decorate with the unbeatable ganache frosting. What's not to love!? —Morgan Phillips, Charlottesville, Virginia
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