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Quick and Yummy Homemade Frosting Recipes

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Quick and Yummy Homemade Frosting Recipes

Though we’re all grown up now and no longer fight with our friends at birthday parties over who gets the piece of cake with the most frosting (um, right?), we still can’t resist the creamy deliciousness of frosting. Unlike sweets that kids love but adults hate (we’re looking at you, Nik-L-Nips), icing on top of cakes and other baked goods never goes out of style. From a can, though? No shame if you’re really pressed for time, but making your own frosting is surprisingly simple and easy, and you can really taste the difference. Here are 10 fantastic homemade frosting recipes that take no time to whip together and that are varied enough to suit all styles of baked goodies. Unless otherwise noted, frosting is always better eaten the same day it was made, so go ahead and bake the day before, but wait to make up your batch of frosting on the same day you plan on eating it.

1. Basic Vanilla Frosting

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This is the best basic base for all your frosting needs. Sweet and yummy as is, you can also go to town and mix in food coloring or top your frosted treat with sprinkles, crushed candies, chocolate chips, fresh fruit or just about anything else you feel like.

2. Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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Few things taste as good as a simple, timeless chocolate buttercream. It’s one of those frostings that will thrill children and adults alike. Here, the addition of espresso powder keeps it from being overly sweet or cloying but it’s still plenty fudgy enough to please the steadfast chocoholics at the table.

3. Marshmallow Fondant

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When it comes to decorating, few things beat the texture of fondant. It’s often used to craft those gorgeous, intricate wedding cakes or other fancy pastries you see in bakery windows. The bad news is we’ve sampled fondant that looked perfect but tasted terrible. (We know one bride who refused to have it on her cake because she said it tasted like “thumb skin.” Ew!) This fondant recipe, though, ends that “look but don’t touch” era for good. The marshmallow makes for a sweet, sticky and tasty topping that will allow you to impress your guests on style and substance!

4. Cream Cheese Frosting

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Dreamy with carrot cake, pumpkin muffins or banana bread, cream cheese frosting, with its hint of tang, is a crowd-pleasing favorite. This recipe also suggests sprinkling minced candied ginger on the top of whatever you’ve frosted in order to dress up your dessert and make it a bit more elegant.

5. Strawberry Frosting

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Strawberry frosting, made with fresh berries, seems like the ideal accompaniment to a pretty white cake for a baby or bridal shower or special Mother’s Day luncheon. It makes for such a pretty presentation, and of course, tastes wonderful, too.

6. Chai Buttercream Frosting

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Though we could live out our days with just the basic frostings and be very happy, frosting can be a baker’s opportunity to be a bit playful, too. The addition of freshly brewed Chai tea makes for a complex frosting taste—a little unexpected and sinful.  If you’re really feeling the chai, make it a part of the cupcake batter, too.

7. Vegan Vanilla Meringue Frosting Made with Aquafaba

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We here at Fitness Republic were as amazed as the rest of the blogosphere when we learned about aquafaba—the liquid your canned chickpeas are soaking in. Turns out that you can whip that liquid in a stand mixer and it acts just like egg whites. In this recipe, the aquafaba from one 15-ounce can of chickpeas is whipped along with some sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla and piped on to cupcakes for a vegan option that will fool everyone. For a special touch, use a blowtorch if you want your dessert to have a toasted look. Much like whipped cream, whipped aquafaba won’t keep its stiff peaks for long, so make sure to frost and consume straight away!

8. Healthy Pumpkin Frosting

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You don’t have to wait for fall to whip up a batch of this healthy pumpkin frosting. It calls for peanut butter, pumpkin puree and just a bit of maple syrup for sweetener. Yeah, go ahead, you can have it for breakfast atop a healthy, whole grain muffin if you want.

9. Bourbon Buttercream Frosting

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Adding bourbon to a classic buttercream frosting equals a more sophisticated taste for a truly grown-up dessert.

10. Lemon Glaze

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Short on time? This simple lemon glaze can be made in about a minute. It just calls for lemon juice and confectioners sugar stirred together. Then drizzle it over pound cake, blueberry bundt cake, lemon cake, freshly-baked scones or anything else you desire.

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