Fillings & Frostings

Sometimes the best parts of a dessert are the frosting and filling. And here we’ve gathered all our frosting, icing, glaze, sauce, and filling recipes! From basic homemade cake frosting, or a classic royal icing, including a seven-minute frosting recipe.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 3.24 stars
Try Martha Stewart's quick and easy cream cheese frosting recipe. Cream cheese frosting is a delicious delight atop cupcakes and a favorite on pumpkin cake, carrot cake, and more.

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Chocolate Ganache

Rating: 3.21 stars
Chocolate ganache is versatile enough to be a filling or a frosting, depending on how you prepare it. Try this chocolate ganache recipe as a filling for French Macarons. Use the ganache immediately to ensure a smooth chocolaty spread.

Ultimate Chocolate Frosting

Rating: 3.27 stars
Add chocolate to everything from cupcakes to brownies with this handy chocolate frosting recipe. Fudgy frosting is the ideal accompaniment to Martha's Ultimate Chocolate Cake. With only five ingredients, this chocolate frosting recipe is so easy you'll want to spread it on every dessert.

Easy Lemon Curd

Rating: 3.22 stars
Tart, creamy and luscious lemon curd can be used on scones, muffins, toast, and so many desserts.

Basic Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.54 stars
Ask any pastry chef about frostings and they'll tell you that there's nothing like a good basic vanilla buttercream. This American-style vanilla buttercream from chef Billy Reece of Billy's Bakery in NYC requires just four ingredients and comes together in just about as many minutes. Smooth, fluffy, and creamy, it's ideal for all kinds of cakes, from cupcakes to multi-layered confections. 

German Chocolate Bundt Cake

German chocolate cake is defined by its iconic coconut-pecan frosting; for this recipe, we've bucked tradition and tucked it inside of this Bundt cake instead. Here's the trick: Transfer the batter to the pan, then spoon on the gooey goodness—we used a small ice cream scoop for easy release and evenly distributed dollops. It settles into the middle while baking, so when you cut through that glossy ganache, a scrumptious surprise awaits.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.55 stars
This all-purpose buttercream has an ultra-silky, stable texture that spreads beautifully over cakes and cupcakes, and can be piped into perfect peaks and patterns.

Simple Vanilla Frosting

Rating: 3.12 stars
Use our Simple Vanilla Frosting to top our chocolate chip cookie cupcakes.

Lemon Glaze for Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 3.19 stars
Use this lemon glaze with our Glazed Lemon Pound Cake.

Whipped Frosting

Rating: 3.18 stars
Just try not to lick the spoon when you make this basic whipped frosting that pairs perfectly with our Versatile Vanilla Cake, Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Cake.

Lemon Glaze

Rating: 3.62 stars
Use this glaze atop our Lemon Cookies.

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