The Easiest Way to Decorate Cookies with IcingRecipes
Get set for your cookie party.
Dec 13, 2023
Boiled Chocolate IcingRecipes
I was honored when my dear friend Maggie recently asked for my baking assistance; she wanted to conquer her grandmother’s celebrated chocolate cake recipe and thought I might be able to help. Although it is a beloved family favorite, not a single relative has been successful in their attempts to recreate it. I was (overly) confident in my abilities and gladly accepted the challenge. Little did I know how much of a challenge it would turn out to be. What resulted is five (count that, five!
Aug 5, 2023
Try This Clever Hack for Making Super-Vibrant Buttercream (Without a Ton of Food Dye)Skills
You can make vibrant buttercream without tons of food dye — just use this one simple tool.
Mar 22, 2023
This Simple Tip Makes Decorating Beautiful Drip Cakes So Much EasierSkills
No more puddles at the bottom of the cake!
Mar 7, 2023
Frosting Cakes Is Easier with This $2 Household StapleSkills
Don’t have a cake scraper? Use this unexpected kitchen item to help get those sides super smooth.
Feb 15, 2023
The Secret of This Ingenious Cake-Frosting Hack Is a $7 Amazon FindSkills
If you have trouble getting the edges nice and sharp, try this hack to get the job done.
Jan 17, 2023
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making ButtercreamSkills
While I certainly enjoy the cake portion of a slice of cake or a cupcake, I’m really in it for the buttercream frosting. That thick, sugary frosting brings the sweetest finishing touch to these desserts. There are a few different styles of buttercream, but no matter which one you make, be sure to avoid these mistakes.
Dec 3, 2022
How To Create a Drip Frosting Effect on Any CakeRecipes
A pretty waterfall of frosting is just a few steps away.
Sep 8, 2022
How To Make Buttercream Frosting: The Easiest MethodRecipes
This buttercream whips up super fluffy super quickly, and is literally the icing on the cake of any homemade treat.
Sep 8, 2022
How To Make Chocolate Ganache for Any DessertRecipes
Knowing how to make chocolate ganache requires understanding just two things: proportion and temperature.
Aug 19, 2022
This Clever Trick Helps Make Buttercream Bright White (While Still Using Real Butter)Skills
Perfectly white frosting without sacrificing flavor!
Apr 29, 2022
This Simple Hack Will Upgrade Your DIY Pastry Bags ForeverSkills
Wait — why didn’t I think of that?!
Mar 29, 2022
How to Store Homemade Frosting So It Lasts for MonthsSkills
Have some extra homemade frosting? Here's how to store and use it.
Mar 4, 2022
This Simple Method Will Give You Two-Toned Frosting for Your Baked GoodsSkills
The method is so easy, you'll wish you knew it sooner.
Mar 3, 2022
Peanut Butter FrostingRecipes
This smooth, fluffy frosting is chock-full of creamy peanut butter; it's the perfect topper for cakes and cupcakes.
Jan 29, 2022
Best-Ever Cream Cheese FrostingRecipes
You'll memorize the recipe soon enough.
Dec 21, 2021
Donuts Are Even Better When Covered in This 5-Ingredient GlazeRecipes
Sweet, glossy, and crackly.
Aug 1, 2021
This Rich, Creamy Chocolate Frosting Is the Grown-Up Version of the Stuff in the Tub (And Yes, That Is a Compliment)
Kitchn Love Letters
This is the frosting that's been on five out of six of my son's birthday cakes.
Mar 31, 2021
These Chocolate Cupcakes Are Extra Moist and Fluffy, Thanks to One Smart IngredientRecipes
These cupcakes definitely lived up to my expectations.
Feb 11, 2021
The Unexpected Ingredient That Makes Smitten Kitchen’s Birthday Cake So Good
Celebrity Recipe Showdown
I've never experienced frosting like this.
Jan 12, 2021
This Chocolate Frosting Is So Good, I’ll Never Use Another Recipe Again
Celebrity Recipe Showdown
It's hands-down the best chocolate frosting I've ever had.
Jan 12, 2021
Marshmallow Fluff Makes the Easiest Buttercream FrostingRecipes
Easy, forgiving, and oh-so fluffy.
Aug 17, 2020
I Tried Juicing a Lemon “Butt Up” Versus the WRONG Way, and I’ll Give You One Guess as to What HappenedSkills
In a recent TikTok video with 3 million likes, a woman shows the proper way to juice your lemons and limes.
Aug 6, 2020
Recipe: Magic Vegan IcingRecipes
Take a look at these gorgeous cupcakes. Could you ever guess that there isn’t a trace of dairy or eggs in that billowy icing? No your eyes aren’t fooling you — this is icing that’s made without a trace of dairy. The genius lies, instead, in aquafaba. That wild and magical liquid in your can of chickpeas is a powerful vegan tool that, among other things, can make sweet icing to be dolloped and piped onto cake and cookies.
Feb 5, 2020
Recipe: Basic Cooked Buttercream FrostingRecipes
Also called mousseline buttercream, this frosting is like classic buttercream‘s dolled-up older sister. It requires a little more skill and finesse to pull off, but the bonus is a frosting that will hold its shape and taste fabulous.Mousseline buttercream is made by cooking sugar and water to the softball stage (238°) and then pouring this slowly into the whipped eggs while the mixer is still running. Once this is cool, the softened butter is added.
Jan 21, 2020
Deep Purple! Blueberry-Lavender Buttercream FrostingRecipes
When we saw this cake, our first thought was, “White icing? Never again.” This is frosting, friends. Gorgeous, bold, sexy frosting. And we’ve got the recipe.Ginny Branch Stelling of My Favorite Color is Shiny made this cake for a friend’s birthday. She admits that her first cake had to be trashed (there was a flour weevil incident), so this one is from a box.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Make a Sexy, Silky French Buttercream FrostingRecipes
There are buttercreams made with butter and powdered sugar, and there are buttercreams made with butter and egg whites. But for the most silky, decadent buttercream of all, you must try this French buttercream made with egg yolks. Back when I was a pastry chef, I used to make buttercream by the gallon in a huge industrial mixer that stood in the corner and made the floor shake with its vigorous beating.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Vanilla Cupcakes with Very Basic Lemon Buttercream FrostingRecipes
Not so long ago, cupcakes were everywhere. Overpriced cupcake bakeries cropped up on every corner, with twirls of colored frosting and rainbows of sprinkles beckoning from shop windows and enticing cupcake-crazed customers to queue up for their daily fix. We called the demise of this trend all the way back in 2008, and indeed, cupcakes have fallen out of the spotlight. They seem downright quaint now, compared to the Cronut fad.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Bittersweet Brownies with Salted Peanut Butter FrostingRecipes
A Valentine’s meal is not complete without a bit of chocolate. Here we end with chocolate in the form of a rich, fudgy brownie topped with a whipped peanut butter frosting and finished with flaked salt to tame the sweetness and round out all the flavors. By the time we get to these brownies, we usually skip the plates and just grab a couple forks. The best way to end a special meal.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Sour Cream Ganache FrostingRecipes
Beets are one of those divisive vegetables — either you love them or hate them. I happen to love them. I’m a sucker for that sweet flesh and gorgeous fuschia color, but I know plenty of people who play for the other team. Beet-haters, I ask that you suspend your disbelief for one moment. Try not to discount the chocolate-beet cupcake based on your feelings for the vegetable alone. Open your heart to beet cake because the final product is far better than the sum of its parts.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Make Chocolate Sweet Potato FrostingRecipes
That lush, rich chocolate frosting you see is made from just two ingredients, and one of them is a vegetable. Chocolate sweet potato frosting is a recipe I investigated with a heft of skepticism. Would the combination of chocolate and sweet potato purée create a luscious frosting the internet had promised me, or was it just a guise for getting unsuspecting eaters (namely, my children) to eat more vegetables?
Jan 21, 2020
My Tussle with Royale IcingRecipes
Oh yes I did. Last Monday night I whipped up some sugar cookie dough, and bought some colorants for royale icing that would transform my plain Jane cookies into some hopeful sunrise cookies for election day.I was inspired by all the Obama cookies I found online and in particular the one I featured in my election night menu ideas post. Plus, with an invitation to an election party featuring “Real American Food” I figured some sugar, white flour and dye was in order.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Apple Carrot Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping and Molasses Cream Cheese IcingRecipes
As winter finishes itself off, we often find ourselves with a few remnants of winter eating lingering in the back of the refrigerator: hardy, woody carrots, soft and wrinkled apples. We didn’t want to waste these last, sweet bites of winter. They are perfect for baking, and we shredded and diced them into a moist, tender cake that is deceptively whole-grain and not too sweet and not too rich. It’s a treat, for sure, but it’s all full of good things.
Jan 21, 2020
Simple Solutions: How to Make a Quick Sugar IcingRecipes
This is one of those cook’s tricks we keep in our back pocket. A simple sugar icing will fancy up some scones for company or add the perfect touch to a batch of cookies. It’s so easy, you don’t even need measuring spoons!All we do is pour a big scoop of confectioner’s sugar or powdered sugar in a bowl. Then we add some milk just a little at a time, stirring all the while, until the sugar melts into a thick sauce.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Lickety-Split Lemon Cream IcingRecipes
We’ve done a great deal of baking lately for parties, get togethers and functions of all sorts. Although it can seem daunting to always be in the kitchen, it makes things easy when you have a go to recipe you can trust. We’ve been using this lemon icing on everything from scones to cupcakes and cookies!Although we mentioned this recipe back in our Lemon Cream Pie Cupcakes, we really wanted to highlight it because of it’s simplistic nature.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Boiled Milk FrostingRecipes
Boiled is not a word you might think belongs in the same breath as frosting, that whipped and luxurious better half of a cupcake. But for those with long memories or grandmothers with a certain bent towards the traditional, this unlikely phrase will evoke yearning and nostalgic delight. Boiled, milk, and frosting — here’s what it is, and why you really must master it. Boiled milk frosting was once the most popular frosting for red velvet and devil’s food cakes.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Airy Angel Food Cupcakes with Naturally Pink IcingRecipes
We’ve given you an array of sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. There has been rich, creamy crème brûlée, inventive chocolates, and a whipped parfait of blood orange curd. Here’s one last treat: Airy, barely-there angel food cakelets that practically melt in your mouth, topped with a puff of meringue icing colored pink without a single drop of food dye. I had high hopes of bringing you a full-on all-natural red velvet cupcake for Valentine’s this year.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Work With Royal IcingRecipes
Royal Icing can be used on everything from sugar cookies to cakes and is a staple in the world of baking. Once dry, the look is flawless and will leave your friends and families amazed. Most think it’s overly difficult, but in all reality it’s quite simple, it just requires a little time.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Make Perfect Cream Cheese FrostingRecipes
Tufts of tangy, sweet cream cheese frosting are essential for covering classic desserts like carrot cake, red velvet cake, and hummingbird cake, and it’s sometimes the upgrade you need to make a boxed mix of cupcakes feel luxurious. This homestyle frosting, made with just cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar, gets whipped until smooth and fluffy.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Extra-Creamy Cooked Cream Cheese IcingRecipes
Do you love cream cheese icing? Do you consider it the best part of carrot cake and red velvet cupcakes? If so, then you need to try this recipe. It’s old-fashioned, and it takes a little more time, but oh, it’s worth it. This is so creamy, so rich — and it tastes of cream cheese all the way. My curiosity about cooked cream cheese frosting was piqued by Emma’s recipe for carrot sheet cake, where she mentioned that her aunt usually used a cooked cream cheese frosting.
Jan 21, 2020
Raw Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing & Ginger CaramelRecipes
Among the surprises in my first year of being gluten-free has been my growing enjoyment of raw desserts. I love how simple they can be to assemble and often find them more texturally satisfying than gluten-less baked goods. These raw spiced pumpkin cupcakes are filled with autumn goodness and yet are free of many allergens like grains, dairy, eggs, nuts, and refined sugar. And did I mention they’re topped with coconut vanilla icing and ginger date caramel?!
Jan 21, 2020
Spicy Sticky Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese IcingRecipes
I come from a generously-sized family, the sort that prompted wide eyes and under-the-breath counting from strangers who glimpsed our brood at the library or grocery store. I’ll spare you the counting and say that I have five brothers and two sisters, so eight of us, plus parents, and now assorted spouses and in-laws. Christmas is an all-day affair for us, with stockings and enough presents to necessitate an intermission about halfway through unwrapping.
Jan 21, 2020
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Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese IcingRecipes
Stop right now if you’re still serving slice-and-bake cookies to Santa, and surprise him with these incredible, cinnamon roll-inspired cookies instead. These buttery, tender sugar cookies with their beautiful cinnamon sugar swirl will earn you an instant spot on the coveted “nice” list, no matter how naughty you have been this year!
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Easy Chocolate FrostingRecipes
Good for cakes, cupcakes, or swiping straight from the bowl. (No one will judge.)
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Soft and Easy (Lofthouse-Style) Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese FrostingRecipes
If you’ve ever had a Lofthouse cookie, you surely wouldn’t forget it. They’re the thick, puffed-up sugar cookies with a soft texture, a generous blanket of frosting, and a shower of sprinkles over top, sold in plastic clamshells at the grocery store. They’re also our inspiration for these easy-as-can-be pumpkin cookies. They start with a smart buy from the baking aisle, and finish with a sweet, spiced flavor, crackly top, super-soft center, and, of course, frosting.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese FrostingRecipes
Carrot cake cupcakes are the tastiest way to incorporate a dose of veggies into a sweet treat — especially when there’s a swirl of cream cheese frosting piled on top. These cupcakes are as easy as can be, requiring just one bowl and a whisk to make the batter. Even the kids can help here! The cupcakes emerge from the oven fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg, and the cream cheese frosting whips up fluffy and sweet to finish things up.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Make Sprinkles for Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes!Recipes
Stella, the blogger at BraveTart, blew my mind. She said you could make sprinkles easily in your own kitchen. Crazy, I thought — brilliant! I obviously had to try it. Here’s how it turned out for me, documented step by step. Now, you may be asking already: Why in the heck would anyone want to make their own sprinkles? Here are three reasons I can think of, off the top of my head: 1.
Jan 21, 2020
My Go-To Trick for No-Mess Cookie Decor with KidsSkills
Cookie decorating is supposed to be a joyous celebration of the holiday season — you’re making holiday memories plus gifts for friends, neighbors, and maybe a cookie plate for Santa too. Except cookie decorating with tiny, sugar-fueled, and sprinkled-eyed humans can be more frustrating and messy than we expect and leave us holiday harried parents more stressed than joyful.
Dec 21, 2018
This Is the Prettiest (and Easiest) Way to Dress Up a CakeRecipes
With all sorts of spring and summer entertaining on the horizon — graduation parties, Memorial Day cookouts, bridal showers — you’re going to need a fast and fancy dessert to pull out of your back pocket. One gorgeous (and very on-trend) idea is to decorate a basic sheet cake with millennial pink swirls of frosting and gold flakes. Here’s how.
May 23, 2017
6 Quick Ways to Decorate a Cake Without FrostingSkills
Frosting is often the first thing we turn to when it comes to decorating a cake (it is totally delicious, after all), but this sweet topping just scratches the surface when it comes to decorating. There are so many different and simple ways to put the finishing touches on a cake that turn out impressive results, like glazes and sauces, fruit, and edible flowers, to name a few.
May 17, 2017
You Need This Salted Caramel Frosting in Your LifeRecipes
Did you know today is National Caramel Day? To celebrate, we should all probably make this salted caramel frosting. It’s easy enough to whip up on a weeknight and would be absolutely delicious on some cupcakes or brownies (go for the box mix!) — or, you know, just eaten straight with a spoon. No judgements here. This recipe comes to us from Sally, the blogger behind Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Apr 5, 2017
This Is the Easiest Way to Decorate a Bundt CakeSkills
When it comes to making a beautiful Bundt, the decorating portion of this job is a total piece of cake. Forget what you know about dolling up layer cakes — none of that is necessary here. Save the buttercream for another day because the very best, and easiest, way to decorate a Bundt cake (beyond powdered sugar, of course) is drizzling a glaze or simple sauce over the top. You see, Bundt cakes are simply stunning the way they are.
Oct 27, 2016
An Easier Way to Fill a Pastry BagSkills
Culinary School: Week 9 (of 12 weeks) Last Week’s Diary: Don’t Like the Taste of Egg Yolk? Try Adding Lemon Peel! In a fantasy life I would work in pastry in either a restaurant or a bakeshop. There is just something so soothing about working in pastry. Everything is so precise. You can work with the same four ingredients and get vastly different results depending on ratios or when the ingredients are added to the recipe.
Sep 4, 2014
A Roasted Strawberry Buttercream Icing for SummerRecipes
Looking for more fun and interesting ways to use strawberries right now? This roasted strawberry browned butter buttercream really caught my eye. Roasting strawberries adds a lot of depth to the fruit, and mixing it with browned butter sounds so cozy and rich. Even if you don’t have any birthdays or other celebrations coming up, this recipe is worth making a cake or cupcakes just for fun. Besides the recipe sounding simply delicious, I think it looks so elegant on a cake.
Jun 9, 2014
The Easiest Two-Ingredient Chocolate Buttercream IcingSkills
Growing up, my mom always made cream cheese frosting to have with our birthday cakes and cupcakes and so, to this day, that’s what I most prefer. Buttercream often comes off as a bit greasy to me and not all that interesting flavor-wise whereas cream cheese frosting has that wonderful tanginess. But lately, I’ve been swayed on occasion by this delicious (and simple) recipe.
Aug 22, 2013
Don’t Smudge the Icing! An Easy Way to Cover Decorated Cakes and DessertsSkills
No cake carrier? No problem. Here’s an easy way to keep your frosted and whip-cream-topped desserts looking as pretty as ever.First, lay out an extra-long piece of plastic wrap on your counter. Set the cake on its plate in the centre. Insert toothpicks around the circumference of the cake and a few in the middle. Make sure there is a half inch or so of toothpick visible above the frosting or whipped cream.
Jul 26, 2012
Party Trick: Use Tonic Water To Make Your Frosting Glow!Skills
It’s Friday, folks. What’s that mean? Well here at The Kitchn we’re letting down our collective hair and taking a look at glow-in-the-dark cupcakes. Wait? What? Oh you heard me. Glow in the dark cupcakes, baby! I recently checked in on Camber over at Food Snots. Camber was challenged to create a glow-in-the-dark, or rather, glow-in-the-black-light frosting for a party.
Jul 13, 2012
What Frostings and Icings Won’t Melt in the Heat?Skills
Q: What is a good icing that won’t melt in the heat?I’m taking cupcakes to a graduation party on the beach soon and I don’t want to have soupy icing.Sent by AmyEditor: Amy, my first instinct would be to go with a meringue icing. Since it’s cooked it is a bit more stable. You could also try a cooked buttercream.
May 23, 2011
Cake Frosting Tip: Leave the Sides Naked!Skills
The hardest part of making a pretty layer cake is usually frosting around the sides—filling in gaps, spreading at an awkward angle, working fast enough so that the icing doesn’t slide onto the countertop… But if you want to keep the process stress-free, try leaving the sides un-frosted. It can be just as pretty.This technique works great if you have a fluffy filling, maybe one dotted with fruit or nuts.
Apr 26, 2011
How To Pipe Buttercream or Meringue: The VideoSkills
Last week we showed you a video that illustrated how to whip egg whites and make meringue. Today we’re going to do something with that meringue — pipe it into pretty star cookies. This method of piping using a pastry bag and tip is standard, however, for any kind of icing. So come and watch this video and see how easy it can be to create pretty designs with a simple decorating bag and tip.
Feb 23, 2011
French Buttercream: What’s the Difference?Skills
Ah, buttercream. Our cupcakes wouldn’t be the same without you, birthday cakes would be a fleeting memory, and licking the beaters wouldn’t be nearly as enticing. But all this we know. But did you know that all buttercreams aren’t created equal? Buttercream is a beloved frosting made with a combination of fat and sugar. At my house, we’re all about the butter + confectioners sugar variety.
Sep 29, 2010
How To Make Whipped Chocolate GanacheSkills
A chocolate ganache is just chocolate melted and beaten into heavy cream. It’s a magic substance; it can be a glaze, a filling, a coating, a solid truffle — it just depends on the ratio of cream to chocolate. I like a ratio of a bit more cream to chocolate for a whipped filling; this ensures that it doesn’t get too hard and difficult to spread.
Dec 9, 2008
Recipe Rescue! How to Save a Broken ButtercreamSkills
If you’ve been baking long enough or simply made enough frosting, surely you’ve had your lovely buttercream break into greasy, grainy clumps of sugary butter at least once. If not, at least tell us you have because it’s certainly happened to us – and significantly more than once, too!
Nov 13, 2008