Frosting Essentials

I’ve done a roundup of the Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes  and Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes. So here are some essential frosting recipes to go with them – classic butter creams, 1 minute chocolate frosting, vegan and skinny frosting. And a Boiled Milk Buttercream Frosting which was hands down my Baking Discovery  of 2013. Perfectly smooth, denser than cream but lighter than buttercream, and far lower calories than traditional frostings!

Frosting Essentials Round Up

Perfect Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (gluten free) from I Heart Ruthie – a staple for any baker, this is a great classic vanilla buttercream recipe, with clear step by step instructions. Fluffy, perfect for piping or spreading, and not ridiculously sweet (the recipes with 5 or 6 cups of icing sugar to 2 sticks of butter are crazy sweet and also really gritty!).


Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (gluten free) from The Kitchen Magpie – made it, love it, will never use another chocolate buttercream recipe ever again. Do yourself a favour and save this recipe offline in your RecipeTin App so you always have it with you and you don’t have to print out this recipe again and again and again……

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream

Boiled Milk Frosting (Vanilla) from CD Kitchen – this is seriously the best frosting I have ever had and made. It’s incredible because it is absolutely smooth (unlike buttercream which is often a bit gritty), has a texture that is thicker than cream but lighter than buttercream, and has far less calories because it uses a fraction of the sugar that usual frostings do! It can’t be piped into roses because it won’t hold sharp edges like buttercream, but it can still be piped into swirls.

Boiled Milk Frosting

One Minute Chocolate Frosting (gluten free) by The Yummy Life. This is a great spreadable frosting (not suitable for piping) and while it may be a push to actually make from start to finish in 1 minute, it comes pretty close! Fabulously glossy and silky.


Skinny Marshmallow Frosting from Slim Pickins Kitchen – this fluffy frosting is a brilliant low-cal way to top cupcakes without worrying about your waistline! It really is like a marshmallow cloud on your cupcakes!

Skinny Marshmallow Frosting

Vegan Vanilla Buttercream – yep, The Cupcake Project has done it again! An incredible buttercream – without “butter” or “cream”! Made with a homemade Vegan Butter from

Vegan Buttercream

 Vegan Chocolate Fudge Frosting from GI 365- incredibly creamy and decadent, the secret ingredient in this recipe is avocado!

Vegan Chocolate Fudge Frosting


    • RecipeTin App says

      Thanks for dropping by Amber! And actually your comment made me realise I hadn’t mentioned you by name in the post so I updated it. Your marshmallow frosting is seriously amazing – it is so clever! I look forward to seeing your new posts :)

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