Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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Cream Cheese Frosting is an easy-to-make frosting recipe.  I know you can buy ready-made frosting mixes at the grocery store, but why when you can whip it up fresh and flavorful right at home?  This is my favorite frosting to use on Carrot Cakes and Spice Cakes.  This frosting is also great on pumpkin bread, cupcakes, red velvet cake, chocolate cake, and cookies.


This is a tried and true, classic cream cheese frosting.  You can reduce the amount of butter if you want a bit more tang, and increase or decrease the sugar according to your taste.  Also the tiny bit of salt from salted butter lends an extra depth of flavor.  This frosting is so good that you will want to put this creamy, fluffy homemade cream cheese frosting on everything!  Give it a try!


Cream Cheese Frosting



Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: enough for one (1) large cake


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered (confectioner's) sugar

Note:  You can reduce the amount of butter if you want a bit more tang, and increase or decrease the sugar according to your taste.



In a bowl of your electric mixer, combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract until smooth.

With the speed on low, gradually add the powdered sugar; beat until smooth, creamy, and fully incorporated.

NOTE:  If icing seems too thin, add powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.  If it seems too thick, add some milk, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches desired consistency (it doesn't take much liquid to thin it out).

Store any extra Cream Cheese Frosting in the refrigerator.  This frosting will keep well in the refrigerator for several days, but you may need to re-beat it for the best texture.

Cakes frosted with a cream cheese frosting should always be refrigerated until ready to serve.

Variation Ideas:

Chocolate Frosting:  Sift cup unsweetened cocoa powder to the powdered sugar before adding it to the cream cheese mixture.

Flavored Frosting:  Substitute the vanilla extract of the flavor of your choice.  Maple, lemon, or orange are wonderful.


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