Best Frosting and Icing Recipes

These frostings and icings have your cakes, cookies, cupcakes and muffins covered.

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Royal Icing

Alton Brown uses pasteurized egg whites to whip up his simple icing. It is easy to color and can be made a day in advance.

Get the Recipe: Royal Icing

Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Chili powder and ground cinnamon are the secret ingredients to this cream cheese and chocolate frosting with a kick.

Get the Recipe: Double Feature Cupcakes with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Marshmallow Frosting

Whipping Alex Guarnaschelli's ingredients together makes a great fluff. Gently fold in vanilla before you goop the frosting onto your cake.

Get the Recipe: Simple Birthday Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Giada uses mascarpone cheese and honey to make a cream cheese frosting that's a decadent complement to banana muffins.

Get the Recipe: Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

With just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes you can make this creamy frosting that's perfect for red velvet cake or any flavor dessert you fancy.

Get the Recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting

Royal Icing

Royal icing is key for cookie decorating. This easy-to-make icing can be tinted with food coloring and hardens to a shiny finish when it dries, making it ideal for adding detail to cookies.

Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This classic vanilla-flavored buttercream frosting can be used to top cakes, cupcakes and cookies in any flavor.

Get the Recipe: Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ina Garten uses espresso powder and a hint of rum to transform a classic recipe into a luxurious, deeply chocolate treat.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ganache Frosting

Alton's five-star, decadent chocolate ganache can be used as a shiny glaze or whipped into a light frosting for any dessert.

Get the Recipe: Ganache Frosting

White Chocolate Frosting

Combine melted white chocolate with cream cheese, butter and confectioners' sugar. You can make it up to 2 days in advance; just beat with a mixer to soften before frosting the cake.

Get the Recipe: Almond Layer Cake With White Chocolate Frosting

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, butter and pineapple juice are all you need for this fruity take on a traditional cream cheese frosting.

Get the Recipe: David's Favorite Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

Peanut Butter Icing

Room temperature butter is key to this quick frosting so the ingredients come together well. Ina mixes the frosting just enough so that it stays rich and creamy. 

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing

Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

This is everything you love in a traditional tres leches ("three milks") cake-it's sweet, creamy and custardy-but with an impressive new look and shape, because it's baked in a tube pan. If you have leftover cake, be sure to refrigerate it on a rimmed plate, as some of the sweet milk mixture will run out of the cake and puddle on the plate. The next day, just spoon some over the cake slices.

Get the Recipe: Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

Lizzie's Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake with Caramel Icing

The caramelized sugar in this frosting really gives it a full flavor. Watch the icing mixture as you cook it because it will go from runny to too thick very quickly. 

Get the Recipe: Lizzie's Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake with Caramel Icing

Carrot Cake with Marshmallow Fluff Cream Cheese Frosting

Bobby's spin on classic cream cheese frosting includes two cups of marshmallow fluff.  

Get the Recipe: Carrot Cake with Marshmallow Fluff Cream Cheese Frosting

Birthday Cake with Hot Pink Butter Icing

Ina has perfected this hot pink icing by using 14 drops of pink food coloring. Also be sure that the butter is at room temperature before combining into the mixture for a smooth and creamy result.  

Get the Recipe: Birthday Cake with Hot Pink Butter Icing