How to make Cream Cheese Frosting

Whip up the perfect cream cheese frosting with this easy-peasy recipe! Just mix together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract for a deliciously creamy topping that's perfect for cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies, and more!

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Creating Delicious Cream Cheese Frosting

 Indulge in the perfect combination of sweet and tangy with this easy-to-make cream cheese frosting recipe, which is a favorite among families.

This frosting is not only delicious but also incredibly versatile. You can adjust the sweetness and tanginess to your liking by adjusting the amount of powdered sugar and cream cheese used. It's a great addition to any dessert, and it's sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it. So go ahead and give this cream cheese frosting recipe a try!

How to Make the Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

Start with butter: Unsalted butter at room temperature. Unsalted butter gives you complete control of the overall flavor of your recipe

Cream Cheese: Softened for easy mixing and blending.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla is the preferred extract for frosting, but almond extract can be substituted, just reduce it to 1/2 tsp.

Powdered Sugar: 2-3 cups of powdered sugar provide the perfect creamy frosting, but if you want a stiffer frosting,  place the bowl in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before using it.

  • Using a hand mixer or stand-up mixer, place cream cheese in a bowl and mix until smooth. Add butter a couple tablespoons at a time until nice and creamy.

  • Add vanilla extract, then powdered sugar one cup at a time until the consistency you desire.

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Suggestions & Variations for Cream Cheese Frosting 

Enjoy the frosting in its purest state, or kick it up with different mix-ins like lemon juice and shredded coconut

  • Add 1 tbsp of blueberry syrup for a yummy Blueberry cream cheese frosting. 
  • Swap out the Vanilla extract for Almond Extract to 1/2 tsp. 
  • For a Lemon Cream Cheese frosting, add 2 tsp of lemon zest, or 2 tbsp of lemon juice to the frosting
  • For a Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, add 1/2 cup cocoa powder.
  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting is so delicious! Just add 1 tsp of ground cinnamon to powdered sugar, and change vanilla extract from 1 tsp to 2 tsp. 

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Storing Cream Cheese Frosting

Refrigerate leftover cream cheese frosting in a tightly covered container for up to one week. Let it soften on the counter for 15-30 minutes before spreading. Freeze cream cheese frosting for up to 2 months.

 You’ll want to be sure the cream cheese and butter are at room temperature, it doesn’t mix well when it’s cold and will produce a lumpy texture. Placing the butter and cream cheese on the counter for 30 minutes before you plan on mixing the frosting is what I recommend.

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