4 Great Frostings!

Pair these frostings with your fave cakes for a yummy treat!!!

Classic Vanilla Buttercream:


3 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1-2 tablespoons of milk (start with one, but if the frosting is too thick, add a second)


  1. Beat the confectioner’s sugar and butter with a  hand mixer until creamy.
  2. Add the vanilla and mix. Add  1 tablespoon of the milk.
  3. If frosting is too thick, add a second tablespoon of milk. If it is too thin, add a little more confectioner’s sugar. YUM!

Goes great with: vanilla cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake

From bettycrocker.com with my own little alterations.

Yummy Chocolate Frosting:


1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter

1/3 cup cocoa

1/3 cup evaporated milk or half and half

4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa and evaporated milk. Place over medium  heat and bring to a gentle boil.
  2. Cook, and stir often for about 5 min., until cocoa dissolves into a shiny brown mixture and butter chunks are not visible.
  3. Take off heat and stir in confectioner’s sugar and vanilla.
  4. Beat with a mixer on low until the frosting is smooth and thick.

Goes great with: banana cake, vanilla cake, chocolate cake

Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting


Two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese

1 stick unsalted butter (make sure that it’s at room temp.)

Two cups confectioner’s sugar

1/4 cup pure maple syrup


  1. Beat all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl until fluffy. (Stand mixer is best, but I used a hand mixer)
  2. Chill for 10-20 min., until it is good to spread smoothly.

Goes great with: carrot cake, banana cake, vanilla cake

This is from smittenkitchen.com (one of my favorite websites), with my own little alterations

Coconut Frosting:


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons coconut milk, and more to mix


  1. Put the butter and powdered sugar in a bowl and using a handheld mixer, cream until smooth and light.  Make sure you have VERY soft butter and that you go slowly. 
  2. Mix in vanilla and coconut milk, slowly adding coconut milk, until the frosting is super creamy.

Goes great with: coconut cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes

From The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe with my own alterations.



From cakeduchess.com with my own alterations.





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