Easy maple frosting is the perfect topping for all your favorite fall desserts. Creamy and flavorful, this fun twist on a classic cream cheese frosting will be the star of the show!
Cream Cheese Maple Frosting Recipe
When I mastered my recipe for pumpkin cake and pumpkin cupcakes, I knew I wanted to create a creamy frosting that would do justice to the fall flavors in these tasty desserts.
So, I created a maple-cream cheese frosting that has the most incredible flavor. This tasty topping uses pure maple syrup as the sweetener for a big bowl of delicious cream cheese.
It is now in the running as my favorite frosting, and I think it's tied with for first place with vanilla buttercream. Two totally different recipes, but equally amazing.
Making frosting from scratch isn't difficult, and it really revolutionizes the quality of your homemade baked goods. If you're ready to turn your favorite fall treat into a bakery-quality delight, then let's get to whipping up some maple frosting!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
- Even the most novice of bakers can successfully make their own frosting. This recipe is really easy to follow, so it doesn't require any special skills or techniques.
- Make frosting in just a few minutes time. It really won't add much onto your time in the kitchen, and it's way better than store-bought frosting.
- Use maple frosting on baked goods that you can sell at bake sales, share with friends, or bring to holiday parties. Then you'll be the person who brought the most memorable and tasty dessert!
Six simple ingredients are all you need to make the best frosting ever! Here's what you'll need to grab:
- softened cream cheese, softened
- butter, softened
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
- ground cinnamon
Substitutions and Variations
I have not tried to use dairy-free cream cheese in this recipe, but feel free to give it a shot. If you are dairy-free, then this could be a great way to create a yummy homemade frosting.
If you would like a more powerful maple flavor, swap the vanilla extract for maple extract!
I recommend using unsalted butter. However, if you only have salted butter on hand that will work too. Just keep in mind that the finished product may be a little more salty.
How to Make Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Here's how to make this maple frosting recipe:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the softened cream cheese, vanilla extract, and softened unsalted butter.
Then, add ½ cup of confectioners' sugar at a time and until reach the right consistency and sweetness.
Add maple syrup to the cream cheese frosting and then taste test it again. If you want more maple flavoring then add a bit of maple syrup to the frosting and mix again.
Once ready, frost sheet cake, cake layer or cupcakes. Alternatively, you can place the frosting in the fridge until ready to use.
How to Store Leftover Cream Cheese Frosting
If you end up with leftover frosting, you can actually save it for later! Place leftovers into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze cream cheese frosting for up to a month. However, it may change texture once thawed!
Uses for Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
This easy maple cream cheese frosting is the stuff of dreams for every maple lover. Use it however you want! It would be delicious on spice cakes, maple carrot cake, spiced cofee cake and so much more.
You can put frosting on top of cookies too, and these cinnamon cookies may just be the perfect vehicle to deliver this deliciously creamy frosting!
Tips for Success
- When mixing the frosting ingredients together, stop frequently and scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure everything is well incorporated.
- If you are having trouble with the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, try using the paddle attachment instead!
- Use full-fat cream cheese in this recipe. Trust me, this tasty frosting is not the place to try and save a few calories. Indulge just this once and grab the creamy cream cheese!
- Be sure you do not over-beat the frosting. It can become too soft and won't hold shape, which can make it impossible to use as a topping for cupcakes and cookies.
This delicious frosting is the perfect consistency for piping! Scoop it into a piping bag with a nice star tip and pipe onto any of your fresh baked goods. It would be an especially great topping for cupcakes.
You can refrigerate frosting to keep it fresh. However, it is important to let it come to room temperature before piping it or spreading it onto a cake. The butter and cream cheese in the frosting must soften into a malleable consistency so that they easily spread. Before frosting a cake, take the cream cheese frosting out of the fridge for a bit!
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- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1 - 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat together softened cream cheese, vanilla, and butter.
- Add ½ cup of powdered sugar at a time until you reach desired consistency and sweetness.
- Add the maple syrup to the frosting and mix.
- Taste for sweetness and the potency of the maple flavor. If you want the maple stronger, add more syrup combine with mixer.
- Frost cake immediately or place frosting in fridge until ready to frost.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 fluid ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g