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Cake icing (or frosting, depending on where you come from) is typically cream cheese based or buttercream. The sky is the limit when it comes to cake icing! Icing or frosting a cake is what takes it from classic to a work of art in just one step. The recipe is simple and incredibly versatile; taking a cream cheese or buttercream icing base, you can then add flavoring (like vanilla, mint, strawberry, lemon) or coloring (think bright pink icing for a little girl's birthday party, or neon orange for Halloween). So let's get icing! 

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Pineapple pecan cake with a cream cheese frosting is a simple dessert with a whollop of a most delicious taste

  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • ICING:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
4/5 (1794 Votes)

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Try this delicious Hawaiian Wedding Cake recipe filled with the aromatic flavors of pineapple, cinnamon, and nutmeg...

  • CAKE:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped or crushed
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • WHIPPED CREAM CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • toasted shredded coconut, for topping
3.8/5 (289 Votes)

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These Peach Cupcakes with Peach Cream Cheese Frosting are moist, lightly peachy, and simply taste of laughter and t...

  • PEACH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 ounce freeze dried peaches, pulverized in a mini food processor (49 grams)
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pureed fresh peach
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 3/4 ounce freeze dried peaches (Target has Archer Farms brand), pulverized in a mini food processor (49grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 5 cups of confectioners sugar
4.3/5 (143 Votes)

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This cream cheese Cool Whip frosting is super easy when you need to frost cakes, cupcakes, pies, or other pastries

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (or other desired flavor), optional
3.8/5 (406 Votes)

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"This is a yummy whipped cream frosting that is very stable and does not melt at room temperature unlike many stand...

  • 1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
4.5/5 (94 Votes)

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Texas-size peanut butter flavor makes this super-sized iced sheet cake popular! Serving 15 to 20, it will be a hit ...

  • Cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Peanut Butter Icing:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3.9/5 (188 Votes)

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Ultra-light, tender, moist cupcake studded with pecans that are first sauted in butter

  • HOMEMADE SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • CUPCAKES:
  • 1 tablespoon butter for pecans + 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter for cupcakes, softened
  • 1/2 cup broken pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups White Lily all-purpose flour, or cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • SALTED CARAMEL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce, room temperature
  • 1-2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream or sour cream
4.2/5 (106 Votes)

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This is a classic recipe for a vanilla frosting that is made with (of all things) a roux of cooked milk and flour

  • For the cake:
  • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur Flour unbleached flour)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup black coffee, cooled (I used a dark roast coffee. You can't taste the coffee, but the chocolate is deeper in flavor and richness with this ingredient
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 Tbsp lemon juice with milk to equal 1 cup; or 1 Tbsp vinegar with milk to equal 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the cooked vanilla frosting:
  • 5 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur brand)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
  • NOTE: I doubled these ingredients to be sure I had enough to frost a cake.
4.4/5 (68 Votes)

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This butter cream is very rich in chocolate flavor, from Dutch process cocoa

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup milk (plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4.6/5 (51 Votes)

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Creamy chocolate fudge frosting makes a rich topping for your favorite dessert!

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
4.4/5 (70 Votes)

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