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This Cream Cheese Frosting is so easy to make and yields a creamy frosting that pairs well with strawberries, pumpkin, carrot cake, chocolate, cookies, red velvet anything and everything in between.

It’s drool-worthy.

To the point, you may have a hard time not burying every cake, cupcake, and dessert beneath a mountain of this delicious cream cheese frosting.

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and little frosting piped carrots on top

Before we get started, I’d like to share some tips for success when making cream cheese frosting.

Go all out and skip the low-fat cream cheese.

Use the full-fat brick cream cheese.

Do not use whipped cream cheese.

Unsalted butter works best, you’ll be adding salt.

If you don’t have salt, go ahead and use salted butter.

Set your butter and cream cheese out. 

It works best at room temperature, ensuring lump-free, smooth frosting.

If you plan to pipe, it’s always best to sift your powdered sugar to avoid tiny lumps that can clog your piping tips.

Red cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and raspberries on dark wooden table.

If needed you can add more powdered sugar to make your cream cheese frosting even thicker. 

I recommend adding about 2 Tablespoons at a time until the desired thickness is reached. 

Alternatively, you can add cornstarch to make the frosting thicker without making it sweeter.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Recipe Type: Frosting

Author: Briana

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with white chocolate curls, with a seasonal pumpkin in the background.

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

8 oz brick-style cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

Pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar

cream cheese frosting in mixer

Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

In a stand mixer bowl or a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and salt.

Beat on low speed until blended.

Increase speed to medium and beat until well-blended and fluffy

Beat in vanilla

Gradually beat in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating until smooth

Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to three days. Let soften and room temperature before using.

Metal spatula spreading cream cheese frosting on a carrot cake lined with waxed paper.

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Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and little frosting piped carrots on top

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Yield: enough for 24 cupcakes or a 9x13 cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Cream Cheese Frosting is so easy to make and yields a creamy frosting that pairs well with strawberries, pumpkin, carrot cake, chocolate, cookies, red velvet anything and everything in between.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz brick-style cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer bowl or a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and salt.
  2. Beat on low speed until blended.
  3. Increase speed to medium and beat until well-blended and fluffy
  4. Beat in vanilla
  5. Gradually beat in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating until smooth
  6. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to three days. Let soften and room temperature before using.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

The Nutritional Information may not be accurate.

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