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. 

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.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.72 stars
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."

Lemon Glaze for Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

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

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Buns

Yes, you can "bake" cinnamon buns in a slow cooker! The machine seals in moisture, making these breakfast treats even more gooey and delicious. The drizzly vanilla glaze doesn't hurt, either. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).

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.

No-Fuss Pastry Cream

Rating: 4.59 stars
Use this rich vanilla custard to fill our Boston Cream Donuts, Classic Cream Puffs, or Star Tart.

Inspiration and Ideas

Ganache 101
Think of it as the gift that keeps on giving. Start with our easy and irresistible chocolate ganache recipe, then adapt it for all kinds of uses.
24 Beautiful Buttercream Wedding Cakes
These desserts prove that the popular frosting type can be anything you want, from elegant and intricate to simple and rustic.

Lemon Snack Cake with Raspberry-Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 5 stars

There's so much to love about snacking cakes, those single-layer confections meant to be sliced into any time of day. Here lemon juice and zest brighten the batter, and ground freeze-dried raspberries give classic cream-cheese frosting a natural rosy tint. Pile on whole berries, and help yourself.