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 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.

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Chocolate Ganache

Rating: 3.21 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: 3.27 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: 3.22 stars 182
Tart, creamy and luscious lemon curd can be used on scones, muffins, toast, and so many desserts.

Basic Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.54 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. 

Lemon Glaze for Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 3.19 stars 1011
Use this lemon glaze with our Glazed Lemon Pound Cake.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.55 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.

No-Fuss Pastry Cream

Rating: 4.59 stars 17
Use this rich vanilla custard to fill our Boston Cream Donuts, Classic Cream Puffs, or Star Tart.

Lemon Glaze

Rating: 3.62 stars 216
Use this glaze atop our Lemon Cookies.

Vanilla Glaze for Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 3.83 stars 30
Make this glaze while the Cinnamon-Bun Bites are baking. Recipe adapted with permission from "Williams-Sonoma Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen," copyright 2009 by Maria Helm Sinskey and Williams-Sonoma, published by Weldon Owen, San Francisco.

Easy White Icing

Rating: 3.18 stars 796
This easy white icing recipe yields a foolproof frosting for cakes and cupcakes.

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.
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."