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Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


Pair this maple cream cheese frosting with our recipe for Carrot-Cake Mini Cupcakes for a treat that's sure to please everyone's sweet tooth.

  • Yield: Makes enough for 42 mini cupcakes

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September 2007


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar; continue beating until well combined and smooth.

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    1 MAY, 2016
    The recipe as is was runny. Had to double the quantity of powedered sugar. Taste great.
  • Teresa Cody
    5 AUG, 2012
    for those who are not big on sweets, i didn't have powdered sugar so i swapped it with dark brown sugar and it kept a bit of the sour creeam cheese flavor and matched the maple. no problems with clumps either
  • Danycampos
    25 AUG, 2011
    Tooooooo sweet!! Use one cup sugar
  • Mayson
    13 OCT, 2010
    I used this frosting with Martha's spicy pumpkin bundt cake and it was perfect! I agree, very good with any spiced cake. Thinking about trying it with a spicy apple cake. It might be an overload of fall flavors or it might be fabulous...I'm hoping for the latter!
  • prod_test871
    14 JAN, 2010
    This is a great idea for the cupcakes i am making for my sons birthday party this weekend. I definitely will have to try this.
  • maggymar
    30 SEP, 2008
    Great frosting. I put it on yellow butter cream cup cakes. I only put 1/2 teaspoon of the maple syrup. Delish!
  • venusmirrors
    31 JUL, 2008
    The frosting was most excellent! I loved the hint of the maple syrup. I used organic syrup so it wasnt an overpowering sweetness, it was just perfect. i added too much vanilla extract, so i just added a few more spoonfulls of cream cheese. Definately a keeper, good to top off any spiced baked good.
  • JaniceKnox
    23 FEB, 2008
    This frosting is yummy. I left out the maple syrup so it would be a little less sweet.