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Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

An easy 5-ingredient maple cream cheese frosting that’s rich, creamy, smooth and tangy. The perfect topping to finish off your favorite cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more!

maple cream cheese frosting in glass bowl

Tangy and Sweet Maple Frosting

This recipe is an easy twist on my favorite cream cheese frosting and is the perfect way to dress up cinnamon rolls, carrot cake and all your favorite apple desserts and pumpkin recipes.

The simple addition of the maple syrup gives it a sweet and slightly caramelized flavor, while still maintaining the tang from the cream cheese. It’s the perfect combination of creamy and fluffy, with a richness that will leave you craving more and more.

It’s super simple to whip up and you only need 5 ingredients to get started. Your mixer does all of the work for you, so there’s no heavy lifting required. In just 10 quick minutes, you’ll have a deliciously smooth maple frosting that adds the perfect finishing touch on all your baked goods!

maple cream cheese frosting in bowl

Piping Tips

This frosting works great for piping on top of cookies, cake & cupcakes. We especially love piping it on top of pumpkin spice cupcakes, soft pumpkin cookies and these apple pie cupcakes. It takes any fall dessert up a notch!

If you’re a beginner that wants to learn how to frost the perfect cupcakes (or cake or cookies), check out these tips below:

  • Tools. I like to use a 1M star tip, a large coupler and these disposable frosting bags to pipe frosting on top of my desserts. They are simple tools that make a big difference in presentation.
  • Consistency. The frosting should be thick and sturdy enough to hold a point. If it’s too thin to keep it’s shape, mix in more powdered sugar.
  • Quantity. If using a tip, this recipe will frost about 12 cupcakes. I’d recommend doubling the recipe if you are making more than that.
  • Cup method. Any easy, mess-free way to transfer the frosting to a piping bag is to place the tip inside the coupler and then inside the bag. Then place the bag inside a tall cup and fold over the top of the bag. Then scoop the frosting into the bag.

Variations

How to Store Maple Frosting

Any leftover frosting will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It is also recommended that you refrigerate any desserts that you’ve frosted with this recipe because of the dairy in the cream cheese.

maple cream cheese frosting on top of cupcakes

Ways to Use Maple Cream Frosting:

maple cream cheese frosting on top of cupcakes

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 2 votes
An easy 5-ingredient maple cream cheese frosting that's rich, creamy, smooth and tangy. The perfect topping to finish off your favorite cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

  • 8 Tablespoons salted butter , softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar , more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract

Instructions

  • Combine the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
    cream cheese and butter in bowl
  • Add the powdered sugar slowly and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and maple extract. If necessary, add more powdered sugar until the frosting is firm enough to hold its shape but still light and fluffy.
    maple cream cheese frosting in glass bowl
  • Frost on cupcakes, cookies or your favorite dessert.
    frosted pumpkin cupcake on counter

Notes

Storage: Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 4-5 days. 
Variations: If you’d like to take up to flavor, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin spice. 

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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