This Maple Buttercream is a luscious and flavorful frosting that will elevate your cakes, dessert breads, cupcakes, and cookies to new heights. This recipe combines the richness of butter with the natural sweetness of maple, resulting in a creamy and indulgent topping that’s both versatile and delicious.

This frosting captures the essence of the beloved syrup. It has the warm, comforting flavors that maple brings to any dessert. Whether you are a seasoned baker or a beginner, this buttercream is sure to inspire and delight.

Maple buttercream in a bowl being spooned out

The Chemistry of Buttercream

The beauty of this buttercream lies in its simple yet effective combination of ingredients. The unsalted butter provides a creamy, stable base, essential for a smooth frosting. Powdered sugar, finely ground to incorporate air, adds sweetness and lightness. The addition of pure maple syrup and maple extract infuses the buttercream with a deep, rich maple flavor and aroma, complementing the butter and sugar’s smooth texture.

Can you substitute the pure maple syrup?

Yes, you can use pancake syrup if you don’t have pure maple syrup. But, pancake syrup does not have as strong as a flavor as pure maple syrup.

How do you get the right consistency in buttercream?

The key is to whip the buttercream until it’s light and fluffy, which usually takes about 2 minutes at high speed in a mixer. The color of your frosting will completely transform and become lighter, that is a sure sign that your frosting is the right consistency.

Can this buttercream be colored or flavored differently?

While the maple flavor is distinctive, you can add food coloring to this frosting. You can also leave out the maple syrup and extract and add other extracts instead for variety.

How long can you store maple buttercream?

In an airtight container, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you freeze the buttercream, first thaw it out in the fridge for a day before using. All stored frosting should be whipped one more time before spreading or piping it onto your treat so that it is the right consistency.

Maple buttercream up close in a bowl

What is in Maple Buttercream?

Unsalted butter

Often the main ingredient of frosting, it adds structure to your buttercream. It also adds a smooth and velvety texture. Butter melts at body temperature, so it will make your frosting have a melt-in-your-mouth sensation.

Powdered Sugar

Is just finely ground granulated sugar. It will absorb moisture in your batter or dough. It dissolves easily, ensuring a smooth texture without grittiness. Because it is so fine, it can melt quickly in the oven and spread cookies out more. Powdered sugar also stabilizes and thickens the frosting, thanks to the small amount of cornstarch it contains.

Maple Syrup

Do not use imitation, the real thing is better. Adds a distinct flavor and sweetness to your treat, while also softening it.

Maple Extract

Adds a distinctive, aromatic flavor and sweetness.

Making Ahead

Maple buttercream can be made in advance and stored as advised above. Bring it to room temperature and re-whip before using for the best texture.

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Why make maple buttercream?

This maple buttercream is perfect for fall-themed desserts, special occasions, or whenever you want to add a touch of elegance and unique flavor to your baked goods.

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Maple Buttercream

Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24
This maple buttercream will pair so well with cakes, dessert breads, cupcakes and cookies.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp maple extract


  • In a standing mixer, stir all the ingredients until combined
  • Once combined, turn the mixer on high and whip the ingredients for 2 minutes until lighter in color and texture
  • spread the frosting on your treat and enjoy


Calories: 155kcal Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 0.1g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 2mg Potassium: 10mg Sugar: 22g Vitamin A: 236IU Calcium: 6mg Iron: 0.02mg

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