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Maple Frosting Recipe

Updated on September 20, 2012
A spiced cupcake with maple frosting
A spiced cupcake with maple frosting | Source

If you're a fan of maple syrup, you'll love this frosting recipe. It's a simple maple syrup buttercream that can be whipped up in just a few minutes and makes a decadent topping for all kinds of cakes. A great vehicle for this delicious frosting is my favourite spiced cupcake with cinnamon and ginger.

The warm flavours of the spiced cupcake go beautifully with this frosting and it makes a fantastic treat in winter - not that I'd say no to one of these at other times of the year!

I've included the spiced cupcake recipe below, but the frosting also goes well with vanilla cake, chocolate cake, pumpkin cake and banana cake.

So, what's your verdict?

4.4 stars from 5 ratings of Maple Frosting

Cook time for the frosting

Prep time: 35 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Makes enough to top 8-10 medium sized cupcakes


  • 1/2 butter, unsalted
  • 2 1/4 cups icing sugar (or confectioners' sugar if you're in the USA)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3- 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
maple syrup buttercream frosting - very simple to make
maple syrup buttercream frosting - very simple to make | Source

To make the maple frosting

  1. Be sure to use softened butter. I take it out of the refrigerator about 2 hours before I plan to use it but if you live somewhere hot, reduce that time. You want it to be soft, not melted.
  2. Place the butter into a bowl and add the icing sugar, sifting a little at a time into the bowl. Mix on slow speed until the icing sugar and the butter are well combined. Don't worry if the mix looks fairly thick.
  3. Add in the salt, vanilla and maple syrup and mix until everything has been incorporated. I use 3 tablespoons of maple syrup but have if you want an even more intense flavour, 4 will be okay.
  4. Once everything is mixed together thoroughly, place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before piping onto your cakes. If the buttercream seems too stiff after being in the refrigerator, add a little water, half a teaspoon at a time, and mix well until you have the consistency you desire. I usually don't add any more than half a teaspoon as I like the frosting to be quite thick and gooey.
  5. Pipe onto the cakes and serve. The frosting will keep for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Spiced Cupcakes

To make 10 of my favourite spiced cupcakes, which go just beautifully with this maple frosting, you will need:


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 medium sized eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of self-rise flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup milk, skimmed


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C / 350 F and place cupcake cases in a muffin pan.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until everything is mixed well.
  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well to ensure they are incorporated thoroughly.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder and spices into a separate bowl.
  5. Now turn the mixer onto a slow speed and gradually add the flour. If you are doing this by hand, add a little flour at a time, and stir until it is completely incorporated before adding a little more.
  6. Once all the flour has been mixed in, add the milk and mix to combine.
  7. Spoon the mixture in even amounts into the cupcake cases.
  8. Pop into the oven for 20 minutes, until golden brown and a knife inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean.
  9. Place the cupcakes on a wire rack to cool before icing.

Alternatively, you could use the cake batter to make a loaf cake which can be served plain or topped with the maple frosting.

I like to use a food umbrella to protect the cakes from flies etc.  They come in a lot of very pretty designs.
I like to use a food umbrella to protect the cakes from flies etc. They come in a lot of very pretty designs. | Source


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  • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Mmmmm - maple flavoring is so yummy! I have wanted to learn to make butter cream frosting, so I look forward to trying this one!

    Voted up!

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    Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

    I don't think I can keep maple syrup for long enough to make it into icing. It's just too delicious, but your cases with maple frosting sounds scrummy enough for me to at least try not to give into temptation and polish the bottle off.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oooooh - maple-flavored anything is always so good! Okay, I'm there!

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    cactusbythesea 5 years ago from Seattle

    Although maple is one of my favorite frosting flavors, I've never tried making it from scratch. Great recipe, it all looks delicious!

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    Kit Ward 5 years ago

    I love maple syrup and would never have thought about using it in icing, fab idea, I will definitely be trying this at some point :)

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    alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

    Thanks, Carol and Jennzie

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    jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

    Mmmm... I would be more than willing to try this. Voted up!

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    I love maple and my mouth is watering at 6AM. This is easy and delicious..just to eat out of the bowl. Thanks for sharing.