Make desserts extra mouth-watering and delicious with the best-ever cream cheese frosting!
With only just a handful of ingredients and 2 steps, you can have a creamy, tangy, and tart frosting perfect for cakes and cupcakes.
It’s easy to make, so you can whip up a batch with just a few simple ingredients.
My Favorite Frosting of All Time
- This classic cream cheese frosting recipe has a rich decadent flavor with a creamy texture.
- It’s not overly sweet, and since it has a bit of a tangy flavor, it pairs well with our favorite desserts.
- It uses just a few simple ingredients (that you probably have on hand) and is easy to make at home.
- Prep ahead and freeze or keep it in the fridge for a great topper!
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream Cheese – Full-fat cream cheese has the best tangy flavor and whips up better than low-fat. Use a block of cream cheese because the spreadable variety has too much air whipped into it, and it won’t stay fluffy.
Butter – Butter adds a buttery flavor (of course!) and helps create a smooth texture. I prefer softened unsalted butter in baking and adding my own salt (salted butter works too, but we prefer unsalted).
Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar is also known as confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar. It is a powder so it adds a smooth texture to frostings. You can use a little bit more or less to reach the desired consistency.
Flavors – A splash of vanilla extract adds flavor, and depending on what I am using it for, I often add a bit of lemon zest.
Stir in some cocoa powder for a chocolate cream cheese frosting, or experiment with other extracts like banana, orange, almond, coconut, maple, or rum extract!
Color – Add a drop or two of food coloring to make shades of pink, green, or any color that matches the theme of the day!
How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream butter and cream cheese until it’s smooth and creamy.
- Add vanilla and lemon zest (if using).
- Gradually mix in powdered sugar until the frosting is fluffy (as per the recipe below).
Tips for Perfect Frosting
- Do not overbeat the cream cheese. Overbeating can cause a runny cream cheese frosting.
- Use a stand mixer with either a whisk or paddle attachment or an electric mixer. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula to ensure it mixes evenly.
- For a thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar. For a thinner frosting, add a touch of milk (1 teaspoon at a time).
- This is a ‘soft’ frosting and isn’t recommended for piping. It doesn’t hold its shape when piped like Buttercream Frosting.
- Store in a covered container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Let it soften at room temperature before using.
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