How to Make Frosting

How to Make Frosting
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How to Make Frosting

Looking for a fantastic cake recipe? Click through our slideshow to find some of our top choices!

Image Credit: The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World, By Victoria Blashford-Snell

Coconut Angel Food Cake

Light in consistency, fluffy and tasty, this Coconut Angel Food Cake will win over cake lovers everywhere.

Want the recipe? Click here: Coconut Angel Food Cake

Take 5 Carrot Cupcakes

Chef Bryan Vietmeier makes these terrifically moist and carroty cupcakes for Seattle's Take 5 Urban Market. He suggests freezing the cupcakes before frosting to firm them up, preventing crumbs.

Want the recipe? Click here: Take 5 Carrot Cupcakes

Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake

This cake from Karina Gowing, the pastry chef at Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine, is perfection for anyone who loves frosting. The ultracreamy icing, which is almost like a milk-chocolate ganache, gets spread liberally over layers of light, delicate, cocoa-flavored cake .

Want the recipe? Click here: Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake

German Chocolate Cake

The classic recipe for German chocolate cake features sweet baking chocolate, coconut, and pecans. I add coconut milk and chocolate chunks to boost the coconut-chocolate flavor. To offer a visual cue of the flavor, I use coconut frosting and garnish it with large coconut curls, chocolate shavings, and pecan brittle.

Want the recipe? Click here: German Chocolate Cake

Carrot Cake

An old favorite with an updated nutritional profile, but still as moist and delicious as ever.

Want the recipe? Click here: Carrot Cake

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This rich, chocolaty Southern favorite has its own culinary mythology: a couple at the Waldorf-Astoria, a shared slice of bright red chocolate cake, a request for the recipe, and the surprise of later finding a $100 charge on their room bill. Maybe all desserts this good deserve a legend.

Want the recipe? Click here: Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


By Casey Barber

Who needs Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines for a vat of sweet, creamy frosting? Learning how to make frosting is easy! The simplest vanilla buttercream blends butter with powdered sugar (also known as confectioner's sugar) for a creamy, spreadable cupcake or layer cake frosting.

Adding cream cheese to basic buttercream makes a more stable frosting with a slightly tangy flavor that makes a perfect topper for carrot cakes or classic red velvet cake. Want a chocolate version? Add in cocoa powder or melted chocolate to satisfy all the chocoholics in the family.


8 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. whole milk, as needed
3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar


1. Beat the butter, 2 tbsp milk, and the vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.

2. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the confectioner's sugar, beating until the frosting is spreadable. If the frosting is too stiff, add the remaining milk.

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