Easy Maple Frosting {4 Ingredients}

The best, quick and easy maple frosting recipe, homemade with 4 simple ingredients. Rich, fluffy, smooth, creamy, stable, perfect for piping or spreading on Fall desserts.

I love the maple topping on donuts but obviously it has a thin glaze-like consistency that cannot be used on cakes and cupcakes. I used those flavors to create today’s frosting recipe. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving desserts and I am so happy to add it to my ever-growing collection of Frosting and Fillings.

First, a quick note: This is NOT a maple cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese makes the icing too tangy and it doesn’t compliment the maple flavor that well. I don’t recommend it at all.

Easy Maple Frosting Piped on Black Background

How to make easy maple buttercream frosting recipe from scratch?

  1. Mix together wet ingredients– Whip butter, maple syrup, maple extract until silly smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar- Mix this in gradually so that it blends together smoothly.
  3. Enjoy! Spread it on your desserts with a spatula or fill it in a piping bag with various tips and decorate your cakes and cupcakes.

Key ingredients

  • Maple syrup– This is not the same as pancake syrup.
  • Butter– Should be unsalted and at room temperature.
  • Maple extract– This enhances the maple flavor even further.
  • Powdered sugar– Should be preferably sifted to remove any lumps.
Ingredients For Homemade Maple Buttercream Icing in Glass Bowls

What goes well with easy maple syrup frosting recipe?

You can use it on cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and bars. You can spread it with a spatula or use decorator tips for piping swirls and applying cake decorating techniques. Frosted maple icing cookies are my personal favorite and my family loves them on Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (1 Hour).




Brownies and Bars

Maple Syrup Frosting in Glass Bowl- Closeup Shot

Tips and Techniques

Maple extract is optional– But I highly recommend it since it adds a wonderful aroma.

Don’t replace butter with shortening – Because butter is richer and more flavorful than shortening and leads to a better tasting frosting. To make a more stable frosting, you can use half butter and half shortening, if you like.

Use unsalted butter- Because that prevents this frosting from becoming too salty.

All ingredients should be at room temperature– Because they blend together smoothy.

What type of maple syrup to use? You can use dark or light. The color of your frosting will vary, depending on which one you use.

How to fix thin icing? Add more powdered sugar and mix until you are satisfied with the consistency. You can also chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, which helps to firm it up. You may have to do this if your kitchen it very hot.

How to fix thick icing? Add more heavy cream or milk, water or maple syrup and mix until icing thins enough to your liking.

Does this icing need to be refrigerated? Yes! It has butter, which is dairy and leftovers should be kept refrigerated.

Sift powdered sugar– Because this gets rid of any lumps in the sugar, yielding the smoothest frosting ever.

Quantity– This frosting is enough to frost 12 cupcakes (as long as you are making small swirls or just spreading a thick layer on top with a spatula). It’s also enough to frost a 9 inch sheet cake. It can also be used to frost a single 8×2 cake but won’t be enough to fill and frost an 8 inch layer cake.

Recipe can easily be doubled– Just double the quantity of all the ingredients.


Refrigerate– Store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Freeze– Store in a sealed container for up to 1 month. When you are ready to use it, thaw to room temperature and whip again.

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Easy Maple Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Quick and easy maple frosting recipe, homemade with 4 simple ingredients. Rich, fluffy, creamy, stable, perfect for piping or spreading on Fall desserts.
Yield: 3 Cups



  • In a large mixing bowl, add butter, maple syrup, maple extract and whip it together until smooth.
  • Gradually, add powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time), while continuing to mix until frosting is thick and creamy.
  • Pipe on cupcakes or spread on cakes. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 


Calories: 1105kcal, Carbohydrates: 143g, Fat: 61g, Saturated Fat: 38g, Cholesterol: 162mg, Sodium: 545mg, Potassium: 98mg, Sugar: 138g, Vitamin A: 1890IU, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 1105
Author: Abeer Rizvi

13 comments on “Easy Maple Frosting {4 Ingredients}”

  1. The maple syurp frosting looks good. I’m going to make a checkerboard cake mix of spice/golden 3 layer 8″ round special for wife birthday.

  2. No need for maple extract, if you use a good maple syrup is enough without tasting artificial. Made half a batch today and added some fleur de sel, it turned out incredible. Sprinkle some walnuts on top and you have the most amazing fall cupcakes. 5 stars

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