For Dreamy, Delicious Frosting, Make Your Own

When someone slices a sheet cake, two parties emerge: those who fight for the extra-frosted corner pieces and those who don’t. I’m firmly in the former camp (sometimes I even help clean those frosting scrapers’ plates), and wouldn’t dream of baking a cake without a respectable layer of chocolate ganache or whipped buttercream. Life’s better with a little a lot of frosting.

Sure, there are classic pairings, like red velvet and cream cheese, chocolate and orange, or lemon and raspberry, but cakes can have multiple frosting soulmates. Instead of simply combining two flavors and calling it a day, learning a few basic formulas for frosting opens a whole new world of delicious desserts. Go ahead and whip up one of these tried-and-true frostings. They’ll go with any cake, promise.

*All* the wonderful ways you can top that cake

All About Buttercream & How to Make 6 Different Types

All About Buttercream & How to Make 6 Different Types by Erin McDowell

Cocoa Fudge Sauce, Glaze, or Frosting

Cocoa Fudge Sauce, Glaze, or Frosting by Alice Medrich

Classic Chocolate Frosting

Classic Chocolate Frosting

by Camille Becerra

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

by janeofmanytrade

Malted Vanilla Frosting

Malted Vanilla Frosting

by CarolineWright

Pink Peppercorn Buttercream

Pink Peppercorn Buttercream

by Tessa Huff

Seven-Minute Frosting

Seven-Minute Frosting by Posie Harwood

Beyond Vanilla: Chocolate Whipped Cream, 3 Ways

Beyond Vanilla: Chocolate Whipped Cream, 3 Ways by Alice Medrich

Yogurt Whipped Cream

Yogurt Whipped Cream

by Genius Recipes

Coconut Whipped Cream

Coconut Whipped Cream

by Dana Shultz

Royal Icing and Natural Food Colorings

Royal Icing and Natural Food Colorings by Erin McDowell

2 Ways to Make Chocolate Ganache

2 Ways to Make Chocolate Ganache by Julie Myers

Dulce de Leche Frosting

Dulce de Leche Frosting

by Amanda Shulman

Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

by cynthia | two red bowls

Julia Busuttil's Whipped Ricotta Frosting

Julia Busuttil’s Whipped Ricotta Frosting

by Food52

How to Make Infused Whipped Cream, Two Ways

How to Make Infused Whipped Cream, Two Ways

by Alice Medrich

Whipped Chocolate Caramel Ganache

Whipped Chocolate Caramel Ganache by sdebrango

Are you a frosting lover or scraper? Tell us your favorite flavor combinations in the comments.

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