Just like milk to cookies, cakes and cupcakes without frosting would feel absolutely naked. Its an added layer of flavour, sweetness and sheer yumminess. And I personally love making frostings, the process is so therapeutic and relaxing. I will not lie, I am notorious for eating spoonfuls of frostings because it is so hard to stay away from, they are so damn good! Compiling here my most beloved frosting recipes for you so that you can also experience the same amount of love I have for them in my heart. Alright that sounded a little too emotional. Haha!
To begin with, the most popular- best chocolate fudge frosting.
Chocolate fudge frosting
It is a perfect cross between a silky chocolate ganache and smooth, fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting. I mean, just imagine, all the goodness from the butter and cream combined with the best chocolate flavor. This frosting truly defines decadence. This frosting comes together in minutes and trust me gets over that quickly as well. My favorite way to use this is on cupcakes but the world is your oyster and anything and everything to put this frosting to will turn to gold! Find the full recipe here
Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
Next up is another favourite of mine, but rather a little plain jane a.k.a vanilla bean buttercream frosting. Now this may seem like a simple frosting but it is a crowd pleasure. The creamy, fluffy flavour of the butter and sugar combined with the intense vanilla bean goodness. It is a classic but yet so well rounded and versatile. You can add cakes ranging from extreme flavours to the most basic. The only thing to keep in mind is that the use of vanilla bean only, substituting it with a vanilla essence might lose out of the rich vanilla taste. But if that’s the only option go ahead, you can pick a good quality vanilla essence like Sprig and goodness vanilla. Find the full recipe here
Cream Cheese Frosting
Now if you are on the spectrum of endless complaints about the same old vanilla buttercream. Presenting to you our beautiful cream cheese frosting to rescue you from the same old. Cream cheese frosting is a sweet-tangy frosting that goes beautifully with almost every dessert out there. The tangy flavour of the cream cheese really benefits from overly sweet desserts like red velvet and earthy ones like carrot or pumpkin flavoured. Be it a red velvet cake, red velvet cookie sandwich, pumpkin swiss roll, carrot cake or even my mango cream cheese tart. All of these recipe combinations are going to make you fall in love with this cream cheese frosting. Find the full recipe here
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Next up is swiss meringue buttercream which also I have seen a lot of people shy away from, it is a technical frosting but nothing that we all bakers can’t achieve. It is made with 5 simple ingredients. It is absolutely silky, lusciously smooth and sooo buttery. This type of frosting is thick and ultra creamy which means it is also very stable. Perfect for piping or spreading on any kind of dessert and gels well with any kind of flavour.
Since it is mainly flavoured with vanilla and a slight pinch of salt it holds a great balance of sweetness and is really perfect for frosting anything you want. Swiss meringue buttercream is made from cooked egg whites and sugar, butter, and flavorings like vanilla and salt. Whip the cooked egg whites and sugar into stiff peaks, then slowly add the butter before adding flavors. It’s out-of-this-world creamy, extra smooth, and the perfect sweetness for any confection. This frosting however can take up a lot time so it is best advised to use a stand mixer for it. But the plus point is that the Swiss meringue buttercream is so stable, that you can crazy with flavours and incorporate purées or any flavourings and it will still hold itself up.
Now this next frosting might get you a little worried, but my fool proof recipe will make your life easy and put all your fears away. It’s the meringue frosting. A lot of people shy away from it, but it is fluffy, creamy and stable. Stable like ‘flip the dessert over your head kind of stable’, but don’t do it. Haha! Now the only key factor here is the presence of an electric mixer or stand mixer. Because whipping the egg whites will require time and energy, you can try to do it with a balloon whisk, but that attempt might not be very successful. So you ideally cook your sugar syrup first. Some people also choose to add corn syrup. Then once that has reached 230C you would allow it to cool slightly and pour over the egg whites in a single stream while continuously whipping it.
This kind of frosting will be great with flavours like lemon, raspberry, anothing tart or citrus or even simple vanilla. Find the full recipe here
Chocolate ganache has to be the queen B of frosting. Like used over and above for every single dessert. And I do not doubt the love it gets from everyone. It is made with minimal amounts of ingredients, it is super quick to bring together and does not even need an electric whisk. Just combining two simple ingredients- chocolate and fresh cream gives birth to the rich, silky chocolate ganache.
I have personal experience of eating bowls and bowls of. Please don’t tell anyone. Haha! All you have to do is warm up the cream and add it over chopped chocolate. That’s it, it’s that simple. Mix the two and you will end up the most dreamy chocolate frosting. Find the full recipe here.
I love using this over my cakes, layered desserts, toast (not gonna lie, I do that) however if you are looking to pipe your chocolate ganache I have got just the thing for you.
Whipped Chocolate Ganache
My whipped chocolate ganache gets super fluffy and looks absolutely stunning when piped. The only slight change we are going to make here is instead of using fresh cream like one would do in regular ganache. We are going to swap that out for whipping cream. Which means once the ganache is made. We will need to set it in the fridge and then once it is chilled we can easily whip it up using an electric whisk and you will see what a wonderful cloud of chocolate-y goodness you have created. Find the full recipe here.
I hope this frosting catalogue has given you an insight about how many different frosting you can pick from while assembling a dessert and how scrumptious each of these recipes are.