Homemade frosting recipes are something I began to explore when one of my kids had to start eating a gluten-free diet. Many of the store bought versions contain wheat so they’re off limits. I know, I was surprised too. Anyway, the bonus is that we’ve discovered that homemade frosting recipes taste much better and you can make just as much or as little as you need. You can also color it if you want to. Check out these easy recipes and you’ll be inspired to start making your own frosting too. I promise!
1. Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream cheese is one of my favorite ingredients in homemade frosting recipes. It lends such a yummy flavor and a texture that can’t be beat. It’s also white, so you can easily make it any color you want. Use it on your next cake and I guarantee rave reviews.
3 ounces cream cheese
1 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
Beat the cream cheese and the sugar until smooth. Gently fold in the whipped topping until well combined. Use food coloring to tint.
2. Bakery Frosting
If those tasty bakery treats are the ones you gravitate to, this frosting can help you recreate that flavor and texture right at home. Save yourself some money and make something super yummy – who could ask for more?
2 cups shortening
½ cup powdered creamer, non-dairy
1 teaspoon almond extract
32 ounces confectioners’ sugar
½ to ¾ cup water
Beat the shortening with the creamer and almond extract until smooth. Gradually add the sugar, then add water until you reach your desired consistency. Add food coloring, if desired.
3. Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Buttercream is one of the easiest frostings to make and it has such a wonderful sweet flavor. This frosting pairs well with any number of baked goods so you can use it in a variety of ways.
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
Use a whisk attachment in your standing mixer to beat together the sugar and butter. Use the low speed until the two ingredients are combined, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and cream and beat for 1 minute. Add more cream, if necessary, to thin the frosting.
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4. Chocolate Chip Frosting
If you’re looking for something a bit different, this is the frosting for you. It combines the lovely white color you’ve come to know with the pleasant crunch and appearance of chocolate chips. And the taste can’t be beat!
1 batch of your buttercream frosting (see above)
2 cups chocolate chips
Gently fold the chocolate chips into your buttercream frosting. Spread at room temperature.
5. Creamy Chocolate Frosting
No list of frosting recipes would be complete without a chocolate one, right? You can’t color it with food coloring, but it sure makes up for it with the taste. Chocolate frosting is especially delicious on chocolate cake.
2 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
5 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift together the sugar and the cocoa and set aside. In a bowl, cream the butter until very smooth. Beat in the sugar mixture gradually, alternating with the evaporated milk. Add the vanilla. Beat the frosting until fluffy. Use more milk to sugar, as needed, to thicken or thin the frosting.
6. Peanut Butter Frosting
There’s nothing like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, so this is a great frosting for chocolate cake or cupcakes. It’s easy to make and tastes great. Anyone who eats it will agree.
6 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup peanut butter, creamy
½ teaspoon pure vanilla
½ cup heavy cream
Beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until mixed. Add the salt, peanut butter and vanilla, beating after each. Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks, then fold it into the frosting. Spread at room temperature.
7. Marshmallow Icing
This is perfect for cakes and cupcakes. The consistency is wonderful and the marshmallows add a unique flavor you won’t be able to find just anywhere.
2 egg whites
1 ½ cups white sugar
1/3 cup cold water
1 ½ teaspoons corn syrup, light
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini marshmallows
In the top of a double boiler, place the egg whites, sugar, water and corn syrup. Mix well. Place over boiling water and beat with an electric mixture for 7 minutes or until peaks form. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and marshmallows. Beat until melted.
Do you love frosting? Which one sounds best to you?