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Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

Light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is the perfect icing on any dessert!

Cream cheese and butter are sweetened with powdered sugar and vanilla for a rich frosting.

Spread it over cakes, muffins, and other baked goodies.

plated Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

Our Favorite Frosting

This homemade cream cheese frosting recipe is delicious over carrot cake or cinnamon rolls.

  • Easy peasy – it takes just a few minutes to make.
  • Cream cheese frosting is made with basic ingredients you likely have on hand.
  • Make it ahead. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, or 2 months in the freezer.
ingredients for cream cheese frosting

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese – Use any brand of full-fat cream cheese in the block form, not spreadable cream cheese in tubs. Reduced-fat cream cheese is not recommended as it can produce a runny frosting.

Butter – For baking and sweet recipes, I prefer to use unsalted sticks of butter and add a pinch of salt. If you do have salted butter, it will still work – skip the salt in the recipe.

Vanilla – Although it’s a bit pricey, real vanilla extract gives the best flavor. Imitation vanilla extract does work if it’s what you have on hand.

Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioners sugar, powdered sugar contains a little cornstarch to prevent caking and makes for a smooth frosting.

If you’re out of powdered sugar, you can make your own with granulated sugar. In a blender or food processor, blend a ratio of 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch on high until it is fluffy and powdered. Measure the sugar for your recipe after it is powdered.

Variations – Add or substitute lemon juice and zest for the vanilla to give your frosting more tang. For a runnier icing, add a few drops of water.

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

This is an easy recipe that comes together in minutes!

  1. Using a hand mixer, combine room-temperature cream cheese and butter, per the recipe below.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and salt.
  3. Add the sugar a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as you mix until fluffy. Do not over-mix.

Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Cream Cheese Icing on a beater

Holly’s Tips

  • Use room temperature cream cheese and butter.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months in a zippered bag with the air pressed out. Thaw to room temperature before using.
  • To change the consistency for drizzling, add water, a few drops at a time, while mixing.

Our Favorite Frostings

These frosting recipes are perfect to top a cupcake, cookies or your favorite layered cake!

Did you make this Cream Cheese Frosting? Leave us a rating and a comment below!

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