This Maple Frosting is rich and creamy and the perfect addition to cakes, cupcakes, cookies or cinnamon rolls. It tastes just like fall.
I recently took a trip to Canada. My father was born in Canada so it is the home of my ancestors! While I was there, I was reminded how much I love maple, it must be in my DNA. Maple is the national flavor of Canada and you will find maple everything!! One of my favorites is maple fudge and you can bet I bought some, at least once!
When I got home from Canada I was still craving maple so I’ve been adding it to so many things. One of my favorite things to add maple flavoring to is frosting.
How to Make Maple Buttercream
- A good buttercream always starts with butter, don’t substitute in anything else, especially not shortening. I use 1/2 cup softened butter to 3-4 cups powdered sugar.
- I always use the richest milk I have on hand, either whole milk, half and half or whipping cream if I have it. It gives the frosting a richer, thicker texture when you use a richer milk product.
- To give the frosting the maple flavor I have used two different things, one is called Mapleine, which is found with the extracts in the baking aisle. You may also find maple extract which is not the same as Mapleine. Mapleine will give you a stronger maple flavoring, more like the flavor you find on a maple bar, and the color will also be darker.
Add in your extract first and then add in your milk product a little at the time until you reach the consistency of frosting you want. The consistency will depend on what you are frosting. I like my frosting a bit stiffer for cookies than for cupcakes or cake. If you are piping it onto cupcakes make sure it is not too stuff so that it flows easily out of the piping bag.
If your frosting is too stiff, just add in a bit more milk. If it is too soft and runny, add in more powdered sugar.
Other favorite things to add maple frosting to:
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- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup or 1 tsp Mapleine
- 2 Tbsp whipping cream or other milk product
- Beat butter in a bowl until smooth.
- Add in powdered sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup and enough whipping cream to achieve desired consistency. Beat until fluffy
- Store in the refrigerator