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  • Writer's pictureGrace Grogan

The Best-Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

Cream cheese frosting is a classic frosting that tastes good on just about everything. Just thinking about pumpkin or red velvet cake with smooth cream cheese frosting will make your mouth water. This recipe has taken about a year to perfect, but about 1 minute to devour! Simple ingredients, simple recipe, simply delicious. Let's get cooking!

plate of pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting with cinnamon on top. Pumpkin and leaves in the back ground


- 13oz softened cream cheese

-4 1/2 to 5 cups of powdered sugar

-2 tsp vanilla extract

-3/4 cup saltedbutter


1) Soften butter and cream cheese in microwave

2) Cream together cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer that has been fitted with a paddle-attachment for about 2 minutes, occasionally stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

3) Add in half the powdered sugar and mix on low until combined. Add other half of the powdered sugar and the vanilla. Mix on low for 1 minute and then mix on high for an additional 2-3 minutes.

4) Serve as desired, and enjoy!

Helpful Notes + Tips:

  • Storage: Freeze for up to 6 months. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.

  • This recipe is fantastic on cake, cupcakes, donuts, cinnamon rolls, and any dessert that requires frosting

  • To decorate with cream cheese frosting, make sure it is cold and just softened enough to spread

  • Store frosted desserts in the fridge

  • You can substitute cream cheese for 1/3 fat cream cheese or plain laughing cow light if you don't have regular cream cheese.

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe! If you liked it, make sure to give it a heart and subscribe down below via email to get notified when more unique and delicious recipes are posted! If problems occur in this recipe, continue reading for helpful tips and tricks!

Possible Problems:

1) Frosting has lumps of cream cheese/butter in it

Cause: Cream cheese, butter, or both aren't softened enough.

Solution: Try softening your mixture no matter what step you are at. then re-whip your frosting for 5 minutes on medium-high speed. If this doesn't work, then you have to start over.

2) Frosting tastes "bland"

Cause: You didn't use salted butter, or not enough salt was added.

Solution: Add 1 pinch of salt to the frosting and mix well.

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