Maple Buttercream Frosting

This Maple Buttercream Frosting is delicious! A great recipe to have on hand for making desserts in the fall. It will compliment many different flavors of cakes, cupcakes, or cookies!

I think maple goes well with a lot of different flavors. This frosting would be great with a classic vanilla cake, chocolate cake, spice cake, pumpkin spice cake, or whatever flavor you can come up with! You could also use it to decorate sugar cookies or make chocolate chip cookie sandwiches! There is also no shame in eating it straight out of the bowl.

The maple syrup that you use for this recipe will have a big impact on it. I created this recipe with 100% pure maple syrup. If you use imitation syrup, it will have a different flavor and could be too sweet. It also has a different consistency, and you might need to add more milk. I highly recommend getting pure maple syrup because it is all natural and has a better flavor.

The Maple Buttercream Frosting recipe is below! Since it is a frosting there is no need to adjust for altitude. Hope you enjoy! Be sure to leave a comment if you try it out or have any questions!

Maple Buttercream Frosting

Maple Buttercream Frosting

Delicious maple frosting recipe that could be used for cakes, cupcakes or cookies! Recipe makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes, a 3 layer 6 inch cake, or a 2 layer 8 inch cake.


  • 2 cups butter
  • 32 oz. powdered sugar (two 16 oz. bags or about 8 cups)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup


  • Leave the butter on the counter to soften a bit at room temperature. Or you can place two sticks of butter in the microwave and heat for 9-11 seconds to soften, then repeat with the other two sticks of butter. Once the butter is a little soft but is still firm then it is ready. You should be able to make an indent in the butter if you push firmly.
  • Place the butter in your mixing bowl and beat for a few minutes.
  • Open a bag of powdered sugar and add in about a third of the bag. Mix until combined. Continue until the whole bag is mixed in.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and 4 tsp of maple syrup. Mix until combined.
  • Open the second bag of powdered sugar and add in about a third of the bag. Mix until combined. Continue until the whole bag is mixed in.
  • Add in 2 tbsp of whole milk. Mix until combined.
  • Add in the 4 tbsp of maple syrup and mix until combined. If you need to adjust the consistency add in an additional tbsp of milk at a time.
  • Mix the frosting for about 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl, then mix for another minute.
  • Mix the frosting by hand with a spatula or spoonula for a few seconds to try to get out some of the air bubbles and make sure everything is incorporated.
  • Frost your cake, cupcakes, cookies, etc.!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container. It will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator, or you could freeze it for up to 3 months.