Cinnamon Frosting

This delicious cinnamon frosting recipe is an incredible addition to many of your favorite baked goods. It's a great way to make your homemade sweet treat taste like they came straight from the bakery!

Apple spice cupcakes with cinnamon frosting.
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Cinnamon Frosting Recipe

Making homemade frosting is one of my favorite ways to take baked goods to the next level. This easy recipe makes the fluffiest buttercream that is just incredible on top of apple spice cupcakes and so many other sweet treats.

In my opinion, frosting is the star of the show. If the frosting isn't good on a cake or cupcake, it ruins the whole experience!

That's why I make sure that my favorite cakes are topped with delicious frosting like this cinnamon buttercream frosting, or something like my lemon buttercream frosting or whipped cream frosting.

Make the perfect topping for your favorite recipe. You can even use this as a substitute to cream cheese icing on top of homemade cinnamon rolls! It would be absolutely delicious.

Apple spice cupcakes with cinnamon frosting and apples on a cutting board.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

Cinnamon buttercream is sweet, warming, and has the best flavor! This easy recipe is a favorite for so many reasons:

  • You can make homemade icing in just a few minutes! It won't add much prep time onto your baking and makes your treats so much tastier.
  • Homemade frosting is better ingredients than store-bought, so you won't be eating any preservatives or additives.
  • This recipe only requires four basic ingredients that you may already have on hand in your kitchen.
The ingredients for a pumpkin pie recipe on a marble table.


Four simple ingredients are all that you need to make a show-stopping frosting:

  • softened butter: You use salted or unsalted butter, it's really all personal preference. Just make sure that you pull the butter out of the fridge early enough so that it can soften.
  • powdered sugar: This helps to thicken the frosting and sweeten it! It's the secret simple ingredient to a delicious and creamy frosting.
  • milk: Use whole milk, half and half, or heavy whipping cream to help thin out the frosting and make it a mix-able consistency.
  • ground cinnamon: You don't need a lot of cinnamon to make this frosting warming and cozy. Just a bit of ground cinnamon will do!

How to Make Cinnamon Frosting

Follow these simple instructions to make a smooth and creamy frosting in no time:

In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter, powdered sugar, milk and ground cinnamon using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Scrape the sides of the bowl as you go to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.

A bowl of cinnamon icing with apples and hand beater whisks.

If needed, add additional powdered sugar to get the correct consistency.

Scoop frosting into a piping bag and pipe onto desserts, or use an icing knife to spread it on a cake.

A small white plate with an unwrapped apple spice cupcake with cinnamon frosting on a white countertop.

How to Store Leftover Buttercream

Store leftover cinnamon buttercream frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Allow it to come to room temperature before using.

You can also freeze leftover frosting! Transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Once you are ready to use it, just let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

Tips for Success

While this recipe is pretty simple, there are a few things that you can do to ensure success. Check out these few tips so that you can have the best buttercream:

  • If you are using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment when you beat the butter. Once you add the milk, start using the whisk attachment.
  • Using this buttercream recipe in place of cinnamon roll glaze? Then allow the cinnamon buns to cool before frosting so the buttercream doesn't melt off. This recipe would make incredible cinnamon roll icing — truly the best iced cinnamon rolls!
  • Powdered sugar is what will thicken the frosting and milk will thin it out. Feel free to adjust the levels of these two ingredients until the frosting reaches a good consistency.
  • If you plan to use a piping bag, then make sure that you don't the buttercream get too warm as you pipe it. The heat from your hand can warm it up and that can cause it to thin out a bit which makes it's more difficult to pipe.
Apple spice cupcakes on a white cake stand.


What is the most popular frosting?

Buttercream is the most popular frosting mainly because it is so easy to make. This classic frosting requires only basic ingredients and basic kitchen tools, so it's easy for even the most novice of bakers to make!

What happens if you use margarine instead of butter in buttercream?

It is not recommended to use margarine in buttercream because it can change the texture and the flavor of the frosting. While there are recipes for vegetarian and vegan buttercream, they are very different.

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An unwrapped apple spice cupcake with cinnamon frosting on a plate.

Cinnamon Frosting

Apple spice cupcakes are a fun change from the plethora of pumpkin treat during the fall. You'll love this easy and flavorful recipe!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Madison Wetherill


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Beat together butter, powdered sugar, milk and cinnamon until smooth. Add additional powdered sugar to get the consistency desired.
  • Pipe on the frosting or use a knife to spread it on if preferred.


  • If icing is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time. 
  • If icing is too thin, add ½ cup powdered sugar. 


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.04mg

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