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Cream Cheese Frosting

cream cheese frosting Dessert
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Prep 3 min
  • Total 5 min
  • Servings 32

You'll want to put this creamy, fluffy homemade cream cheese frosting on everything! ...MORE+ LESS-

Stephanie Wise
June 15, 2018

Ingredients

1/2
cup unsalted butter, softened
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
3
cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed

Steps

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  • 1
    In large bowl, beat softened butter and cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed 2 to 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally, until smooth and creamy.
  • 2
    Stir in vanilla, then stir in powdered sugar. Add more powdered sugar as needed until frosting is a thick spreadable consistency.
  • 3
    Spread or pipe frosting on cooled cake or cupcakes.

Expert Tips

  • Place any unused frosting in airtight container; refrigerate and use within 5 days. Before using, remove from refrigerator long enough to bring back to room temperature, and stir.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon to the frosting for a spiced flavor, or use the seeds of a vanilla bean instead of the vanilla for extra vanilla flavor.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
Calories from Fat
80
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
15%
Saturated Fat
6g
28%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
85mg
4%
Potassium
20mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
21g
7%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
20g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Take your carrot cake, pumpkin-spice bars and more baked goods over the top with this five-star cream cheese frosting recipe. Sweet with just the right amount of tang, this scratch frosting recipe has never let us down. It’s easy enough to make using a hand- or stand-mixer, but the real trick is to let the butter and cream cheese come to room temperature before mixing. This usually takes about a half hour, depending on the time of year. Gently press your finger into the butter to test for softness. If your finger leaves an indent, it’s ready to mix. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically. When the mixture appears to be combined, you can add vanilla and powdered sugar. It’s best to switch to a wooden spoon when combining these last two ingredients. If you want your frosting to be extra creamy, add more sugar than the recipe calls for. Ready to get started? Get our step-by-step instructions for making cream cheese frosting. And when you’ve mastered this frosting, explore the rest of our frosting recipes.  

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