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 maple frosting for 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 Recipe

How to make maple buttercream frosting?

  • Mix together wet ingredients– Whip butter, maple syrup, maple extract until silly smooth.
  • Add powdered sugar- Mix this in gradually so that it blends together smoothly.
  • 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.
Maple Syrup Frosting

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 cookies are my personal favorite and my family loves them on Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (1 Hour).




Brownies and Bars

Homemade Maple Buttercream Frosting

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.
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Easy Maple Frosting

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
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


  • 1 cup Butter, Unsalted, Room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Maple extract or flavoring
  • 3-4 cups Powdered sugar


  • 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

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

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

  1. Abeer!
    Great recipe for my secret favorite sweet icing flavor! You are to be commended for including FANTASTIC and thoughtful tips throughout your piece: specifics on ingredients, what best to use the frosting on, ingredients to avoid substituting, cautions to refrigerate, etc. VERY thoughtful information!!! You write like you want us all to succeed…5 stars

  2. My first time ever making frosting, and it went so smoothly! I didn’t have powdered sugar, so I put white sugar in my spice grinder to make it more fine. Added vanilla extract instead of maple for a more subtle flavor.5 stars

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