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 stars 1936
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.

You'll Make Perfect Homemade Whipped Cream Every Time With These Tips

These simple pointers make it easy to prepare the fluffy, silken homemade whipped cream of your dreams.
By Frances Kim

Chocolate Ganache

Rating: 3 stars 221
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: 3.5 stars 923
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 stars 182
Tart, creamy and luscious lemon curd can be used on scones, muffins, toast, and so many desserts.

Basic Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 769
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. 

Lemony Angel Food Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 136
Remember Mom's heavenly angel food cake? Ours has the same ethereal texture (due to egg whites) but with a bright burst of lemon flavor, thanks to fresh juice and zest. Fluffy citrus cream frosting and pretty candied lemon "daffodils" make it an even more memorable dessert.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 158
The most popular flavor at the celebrated New York City bakery is vanilla for a reason! With a moist, tender crumb and rich buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are a true classic. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 620
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.

Lemon Glaze for Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 3 stars 1011
Use this lemon glaze with our Glazed Lemon Pound Cake.

No-Fuss Pastry Cream

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
Use this rich vanilla custard to fill our Boston Cream Donuts, Classic Cream Puffs, or Star Tart.

Whipped Frosting

Rating: 3 stars 1256
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Assemble a Layer Cake
Follow our step-by-step guide to trim, fill, crumb coat, frost, and then smooth the frosting for a gorgeous layer cake that makes any occasion special.
Easy White Icing
Rating: 3 stars 796

This easy white icing recipe yields a foolproof frosting for cakes and cupcakes.