Maple Frosting Recipe

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Maple Frosting Recipe

It’s creamy, smooth and ever so delicious – this maple frosting is the best frosting for your fall desserts! Get the best of maple flavour in this luscious frosting. 

I have always loved the maple glaze on doughnuts. It’s such a warm and cosy glaze, right? But unfortunately, you can’t use the same for cakes or cupcakes. So, I decided to incorporate that flavour in a frosting that can be used as filling or frosting your cakes and cupcakes! 

The frosting is super smooth and perfect for piping or spreading so that you can use it to frost your cake, cupcake, cookies or use it as filling for desserts. 

It’s made using maple syrup. Now there is a difference between maple syrup and the pancake syrup you get. Many of you take them as the same or use them interchangeably. But here, maple syrup is essential. The true and original flavour comes from the maple syrup. Pancake syrup is a cheap, diluted alternative to maple syrup to make it available to the masses. However, the quality and flavour of maple is compromised in it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe? 

  • Maple Flavour: It’s rare to find maple flavour in a frosting. I wanted to add this flavour to the ever-growing list of my frosting recipes so that you can choose from a wide variety. 
  • Easy to Make: all you need is just four ingredients, and you will get the most tasty maple frosting ever. The recipe is simple, and you can make it in no time. 
  • Consistency: Many times, when syrups are added to frostings, they can make the frosting loose, which is not in the right consistency for piping. But this frosting, a buttercream, and is true to itself as it has the right consistency for piping and spreading. 

Important Ingredients Used In The Recipe

  • Maple Syrup: the star ingredient list of the frosting is maple syrup. Be sure to use good quality maple syrup so as to get the best flavour out. The syrup helps not only to provide flavour and sweetness to the frosting but also a pleasing colour. 
  • Unsalted Butter: Ensure to use the butter at the right temperature, that is softened consistency. It shouldn’t be too hard or too soft. Both will be a hindrance to getting perfect buttercream. 
  • Icing Sugar: Use sifted icing sugar to avoid any lumps in the frosting. Sifting also helps incorporate air into the frosting. 
  • Salt: As always, a hint of salt will help enhance the flavour of the frosting. 

How To Make Maple Frosting

Preparation: Collect and weigh out all the ingredients required for the recipe. 

Beat Butter: Take the softened Unsalted butter in a large mixing bowl and start beating it using an electric hand beater. Keep the speed at medium-high. Beat it until the butter becomes fluffy and light. 

Add Icing Sugar and Salt: sift the sugar and salt before adding it to the butter. Once sifted, add the two into the beaten butter in batches and beat to incorporate. The frosting will become more thick and fluffy once an entire batch of sugar is added. 

Add Maple syrup: Lastly, add the maple syrup and beat again to mix it in. Make sure the entire syrup gets combined well into the frosting. 

Chef’s Tips For The Recipe

Use Cold Utensils 

If your room temperature is higher than 22C or you are not working in a room/kitchen, then prefer to use cold utensils to make the frosting. Higher room temperature tends to melt butter faster. If the bowl is cold, it will prevent that from happening. 

Add Icing Sugar In Batches

I will always recommend to add sifted icing sugar into the butter in batches. If you add all at once, there is a good chance that once you turn on the electric beater, most of the sugar can fly away and spread all over your workplace. Also, adding it in batches ensures better mixing of sugar and less chance of grittiness. 

How To Store Maple Frosting 

Always prefer to make a fresh batch of frosting to ice your cakes/ cupcakes or any other dessert. 

If you have any leftover frosting or, for any reason, want to make it ahead of time, then store it in an airtight container on the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for a month. Thaw the frosting and beat again before using it for any dessert. 

More Easy Recipes

You can find some delicious frosting recipes here:

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting 

Chocolate Fudge Frosting 

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

White Chocolate Buttercream 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I substitute maple syrup with pancake syrup? 

Absolutely no. The two have major differences in terms of taste, quality and consistency. You must use original maple syrup for the frosting. 

What can I pair maple frosting with? 

You can use the frosting with cakes like maple/pumpkin spiced cake, apple or cinnamon flavoured cake, or even chocolate or caramel flavour. 

Can I use salted butter to make the frosting? 

I wouldn’t recommend that. Using salted butter will make the frosting unnecessarily salty. You can always adjust the salt quantity when using unsalted butter. 

What can I add to get more maple flavour? 

Maple syrup should be enough to give a nice subtle flavour of maple. But in case you want more maple flavour, you can add maple extract for it. Avoid essence and prefer using extract to stick to authentic taste. 

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Maple Frosting Recipe

Maple Frosting: Get ready to make the perfect fall buttercream. It’s fluffy, smooth, buttery and has the right maple flavour to it. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 300g Unsalted Butter
  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • 80g Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt


  1. Beat unsalted butter in a large bowl using an electric hand beater. Beat the butter until it gets light and fluffy.
  2. Sieve icing sugar in a bowl and add salt to it. Now, add this to the beaten butter in batches and continue beating to incorporate. 
  3. Lastly, add the maple syrup and beat again till properly incorporated. 
  • Author: Chef Mansi Jain
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

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