25 Homemade Frosting Recipes That Taste Better Than Store-Bought

Homemade frosting has a flavor unlike any packaged product. With a few simple changes, you can come up with different colors and flavors. When you make homemade icing, you can also alter the texture to fit your needs. Do you want a thicker frosting that coasts the entire cake in only a few swoops? Do you want a thinner frosting that spreads a bit more easily? How about just a flavored glaze for that shimmery effect?

Once you master the basic ratio of creating frosting, which is traditionally powdered sugar, butter, and milk, you can start to really lay it on thick with these homemade frosting recipes. These easy and out-of-the-box icing recipes elevate your cakes for any occasion.

1. Chai Spiced Frosting

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Make your own chai spice mix with cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger and use it to enhance buttercream for go-to frosting to elevate cakes, cupcakes, donuts and muffins. Mix it with whipped cream and you’ve got yourself the best spiced whip cream ever.

This is the perfect frosting for anyone who loves a good spice blend. Get the recipe here.

2. Lavender Frosting

Carmela Pop

Just one whiff of this floral frosting will have your guests shoving their faces in their plate.

Get the recipe here.

3. Espresso Buttercream Frosting

Brown Eyed Baker

If you love coffee, this frosting is for you. Imagine your favorite latte turned into a cake topping.

Switch things up and try it on red velvet cake. Get the recipe here.

4. Rainbow Chip Icing

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Betty Crocker used to sell a commercial rainbow chip icing to go with their rainbow chip cake. The frosting was discontinued, but you can easily create your own sweet white frosting bursting with small, colorful chips.

Get the recipe here. 

5. Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

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Recreate your favorite campfire treat, or make any cupcake better, with this decadent marshmallow vanilla frosting.

Maybe your carrot cake needs a marshmallow fluffy frosting. Get the recipe here.

6. Peanut Butter Frosting

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You don’t even need a cake to enjoy this peanut butter frosting. It’s good enough to eat by the spoon (or bowl) full.

Get the easy frosting recipe here.

7. Strawberries ‘N Cream Frosting

Add a Pinch

This is a pretty-in-pink icing that is perfect for fruit lovers. One of the easier frosting recipes, this comes together in the time it’ll take your cake to cool.

Get the recipe here.

8. Chocolate Chip Frosting

Stuck on Sweet

Everything’s better with chocolate chips, especially frosting. Your favorite cookie just went rogue.

Get the recipe here.

9. Rice Krispie Treat Frosting


Make your cake snap, crackle and pop with this cereal-based frosting.

Get the recipe here.

10. Avocado Frosting

Crazy for Crust

Avocado makes for a unique and creamy addition to desserts and can take your chocolate cake to new levels. Yes, avocado and chocolate love each other.

Get the recipe here.

11. Chocolate Nutella Buttercream

Wicked Good Kitchen

An icing made with Nutella doesn’t even need a cake to be enjoyed.

Get the recipe here.

12. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Le Creme de la Crumb

A little spice goes a long way to create a uniquely flavored frosting perfect for spiced and vanilla cakes.

Get the recipe here.

13. Caramel Frosting

Country Living

Apples aren’t the only ones that can be dressed in candy. This caramel frosting is perfect for any flavor cake.

Get the recipe here.

14. Coconut Chantilly

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This coconut chantilly frosting uses coconut cream, which is different from coconut milk. The cream is richer and makes for a more luscious and flavorful frosting.

Get the recipe here.

15. Mascarpone Frosting

Italian mascarpone is lighter and sweeter than its American cream cheese counterpart. It makes for a subtly sweet frosting that works on any cake.

Get the recipe here.

16. Mocha Icing

Espresso powder adds additional depth and flavor to regular chocolate frosting.

Get the recipe here.

17. Pumpkin Pie Frosting

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This isn’t a buttercream with pumpkin mixed in. No, this is an actual pumpkin pie whipped into a frothing frenzy.

Get the recipe here.

18. Cotton Candy Frosting

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This is a sweeter version of a meringue icing that uses cotton candy sugar for color and flavor.

Get the recipe here.

19. Kool Aid Frosting

The fun in this frosting is that you can make it any flavor and color you want by swapping out different packets of Kool Aid.

Get the recipe here.

20. Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

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Rich raspberry flavor bursts through in this easy-to-make, four-ingredient frosting.

Get the recipe here.

21. Honey Buttercream

The secret to this honey buttercream frosting is sour cream. It helps to thickens the frosting without adding extra sweetness to compete with the honey.

Get the recipe here.

22. Baileys Irish Buttercream

A cream cheese frosting base is bumped up with the addition of Baileys.

Get the recipe here.

23. Maple Glaze

Melted butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar is all you need to create this sweet and sticky glaze that is a great topping for donuts, cake and cupcakes.

Get the recipe here.

24. Mint Frosting

Chocolate and mint are a classic combo for a unique frosting that is reminiscent of an Andes Candy.

Get the recipe here.

25. Butter Rum Frosting

Real rum or rum extract makes for a buttery and spiced frosting that would accent any carrot, vanilla or butternut squash perfectly.

Get the recipe here.

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