Smokey Maple Frosting

Liquid smoke gives this maple frosting a unique twist.

Makes approximately 3 cups.


Smoky Maple Frosting



Smokey Maple Frosting

1/2 cup Shortening

1/4 cup Margarine

2 cups Icing Sugar

2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

1 tsp Maple Extract

1/4 tsp Salt

2 – 4 dashes of Liquid Smoke (I used 3 dashes)


Beat the shortening and margarine together until thoroughly combined and creamy.

Sift the sugar if lumpy. Add half the sugar and beat until combined. Add the remaining sugar, beating well (about 2 minutes).

Add maple syrup, extract, and salt. Beat until light and creamy (3 – 5 minutes).

Add 1 dash of liquid smoke, beat in thoroughly, taste. Repeat until desired smokiness has been reached… It’s important to add only 1 dash of liquid smoke at a time. Add too much, and your frosting may end up tasting like a campfire log.



9 thoughts on “Smokey Maple Frosting

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  2. Marya

    I’ve just started experimenting with liquid smoke, but never in frosting. You could be on Cupcake Wars with that awesomely creative pairing. Have you ever tried smokey paprika? I use it on roasted chickpeas with some garlic salt and I swear they taste like bacon. Have a great day, Marya

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  4. narf77

    YUM! Again, the maple syrup price makes me twitch a bit but I wonder if I could use some date paste here to get a sort of caramel flavour? Could be yummy…

    1. Starr

      That could be interesting! I’ve been experimenting a little with date paste and have been curious if/how it would work in frosting.

      1. narf77

        Probably quite well. I would imagine if you combined it with something a bit “fatty” like smooth nut butter (especially almond or mac) or some coconut or cocoa butter it would be really delicious (now I am drooling!) 😉

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