Chocolate–Cream Cheese Frosting
This frosting is delicious, and it spreads beautifully thanks to the cream cheese, which lends an ultra-smooth finish to your cake. As a bonus, the tartness of the cream cheese cuts straight through the rich sweetness of the cake in the most delightful way. Beat down the frosting with a wooden spoon before spreading on your cake to knock out any extra air bubbles. This frosting would also be great with cupcakes or on a classic yellow cake.
The classic topping for holiday cookies and gingerbread houses, royal icing is easy to make from scratch. Stirring in the final amounts of water by hand allows you to precisely control the consistency of the icing, and divide up batches of icing to dye in multiple colors. Slideshow: More Top Holiday Dessert Recipes