Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

A basic Cream Cheese frosting using just butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Perfect frosting for cupcakes, cinnamon rolls,  sugar cookies, and more!

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Cream Cheese Frosting on cupcakes
Cream Cheese frosting is easy to make! The family's favorite frosting has an ideal balance of sweetness and tanginess.

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 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.
That's it!  The Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

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. 

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.

Cream Cheese Frosting on cupcake with sprinkles

Cream Cheese Frosting

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