This is a fall infused Apple buttercream icing, perfect for all of your baked goods! We use apple butter for the richest, most jam-packed apple flavor you can imagine.

I’m going to make this short and sweet – just like this apple butter icing recipe. Really, this should be used to top everything in life, but I made it to top my Apple Butter Cookies.

It’s made from scratch in less than five minutes.

easy apple buttercream icing recipe to top cookies for fall
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Seriously, I’ve been thinking about using this apple buttercream icing recipe as a dip, coating bread with it, and of course, cake. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I love how the apple butter balances this sweet frosting and adds a subtle fall flavor.

This is not the time nor place to talk about how much butter and sugar I use in my frostings, but I promise you, it’s worth it. If you really feel guilty about it, just try to take a few less tastes along the way. I dare you. I have yet to find success.

If you love apple everything, you’ll love this frosting! You’ll also love Apple Ice Cream, Old Fashioned with Apple Butter and Apple Bread.

Why You’ll Love this Apple Buttercream Icing

  • Adds fall flavor to even the most classic recipes!
  • Incredibly easy way to elevate all of fall baked goods!
  • It takes less than 5 minutes to make!

Apple Buttercream Ingredients

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted softened butter, your preference.
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar, this sweetens to perfection while maintaining a smooth consistency.
  • Apple Butter – A rich, flavorful apple butter is the star of the show!
  • Apple Cider – Thins the frosting while adding a little fall flavor. You can use apple juice in a pinch.

Variations

  • Make it into a Glaze – Simply thin with apple cider until it reaches desired consistency or simply use my Apple Glaze recipe.

How to Make Apple Buttercream Icing

For step by step instructions, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Combine – Combine butter, apple butter, apple cider and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

Tips

  • Bring butter to room temperature if at all possible. Learn how to soften butter quickly here.
  • Use frosting at room temperature. If you have made it ahead of time, take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before using it.
  • It’s quickest and easiest to make this frosting with a stand mixer, but you can mix it by hand, just ensure that everything is well combined.
  • Use apple cider in my apple butter icing recipe if possible, but if you don’t plan on drinking the remaining apple cider and don’t want waste, you can substitute it with milk.

How To Store

  • Room Temperature – You can store this apple buttercream at room temperature for up to two days safely.
  • Refrigerated – Store in an airtight container up to one week.
  • Freezer – Freeze your buttercream frostings for up to two months. Sometimes they can separate a bit during the freezing and thawing process, so the consistency won’t be quite as good.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Nut Free
Apple buttercream frosting in a stand mixing bowl.

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Apple Buttercream Icing

This is a fall infused Apple buttercream icing, perfect for all of your baked goods! We use apple butter for the richest, most jam-packed apple flavor you can imagine.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 36
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Ingredients  

  • 1 cup butter salted or unsalted softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup apple butter
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider

Instructions 

  • In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer, whip butter, apple butter and apple cider until smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar until smooth and just combined.

Tips

  • Bring butter to room temperature before making this icing.
  • Use frosting at room temperature. If you have made it ahead of time, take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before using it.
  • It’s quickest and easiest to make this frosting with a stand mixer, but you can mix it by hand, just ensure that everything is well combined.
  • Use apple cider in my apple butter icing recipe if possible, but if you don’t plan on drinking the remaining apple cider and don’t want waste, you can substitute it with milk.
Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.02mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. I am making a 3-layer apple butter cake using 8″ pans. Is the amount you have in your recipe enough for between the bottom 2 layers and around the sides and top?