Cream Cheese Frosting

Total Time:
15 min
15 min


  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract

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    Super yummy I was bad and added about 2 tbs. of heavy cream to make it super rich, love it!
    First time making frosting, and it's delicious! Very quick and easy.
    This is my favorite recipe for frosting. I found it last Christmas and only use it now.
    Smooth, creamy and yum.
    Accidentally added 2tbs to mix as apposed to 1tsp. Yeah. That did not turn out super well. But the frosting wasn't awful so I guess it is a very resiliant recipie.
    It was a good cream cheese frosting. I think I would have preferred it to be a tad more cream cheese flavor. I doubled the batch and frosted a double layer round 9inch cake with frosting in the middle. I was the exact amount for it. If I was going to make a designed cake rather than a thinner coat around I would have needed to triple the batch.
    Love it!! not too sweet..I used 8oz on cream cheese instead(didn't want it to be forgotten in the fridge).
    Love this recipe. I just whip it up with a fork bc I don't have a blender. Works like a charm. Also easy to make a partial batch, or double. Thanks!
    Great and easy recipe. We used 6 ounces instead of 4, it came out light and fluffy, but we did beat it for a longer amount of time, around 5 minutes.
    Had everything in my fridge and it was super easy to make. Followed the recipe exactly unlike others and it came out perfectly delicious! Not too thick or runny, just perfect... topped it off with fresh strawberries! Tasted great!
    As I read these reviews, I notice that most of the ratings that aren't 5 stars, have been altered, then given lower stars. If you alter the recipe and it doesn't turn out, then it would be your fault not the recipes! If your altering the recipe, maybe you should give it 5 stars then add to your comment how many stars your altered version deserves!!
    Best frosting I've ever made! Make sure the butter and cream cheese is room temp and it works perfect! YUMMY!!!!
    I used amaretto liquer instead of vanilla extract. AMAZING!
    Good flavor, however, 4 oz of cream cheese isn't close to enough for a two layer 8" round cake. I had to add the other 1/2 of the cream cheese. I also whipped together the butter and cream cheese for about 5 minutes, then began adding the sugar. Super fluffy, creamy but not over powering.
    Simple, fluffy, and tasty!!
    This is the perfect cream cheese frosting! I added my vanilla to my butter and cream cheese before adding the powdered sugar. I also melted some milk chocolate chips to make a perfect chocolate frosting.
    So easy to make and modify. I can't keep everyone from coming back for seconds.
    I'm never good with measurement, so I modified it a bit. I was afraid of it running so I doubled the cream cheese and tripled the sugar amount (like it sweet). The butter, wellllll, didn't use as much as was recommended. came out great anyway. Thanks!
    This was very tasty and easy to make.. i will be making this more often and wont be buying frosting :)
    We (my grandson & I) thought this was perfect. Smooth, rich and creamy. Fantastic flavor. Forms nice peaks, not too thick not to runny? The texture is almost comparable to a satiny smooth moose. We would definitely recommend this recipe and will be using it again.
    I was a little concerned that the first two reviews said the recipe turned out runny, but since the proportions looked reasonable, I went ahead and made it. It was perfect - not too sweet, not too greasy, and certainly not runny at all. Perhaps their butter was too soft? Anyway, this will be my go-to recipe for cream cheese frosting from now on. Easy and great tasting.
    tastes ok, but WAY TO RUNNY!! I wouldn't recommend this recipe.. I have my frosting sitting in the fridge PRAYING it will stiffen up. :'(
    I made it and it goes runny after adding the icing sugar, you cant fix it up!
    I loved the taste of the frosting...Considering that in my family it is vey usual to make a bunch of homemade cakes and frostings it was by far the best of all the other cream cheese frosting I have had in my life...Thanks for putting the recipe!!
    How many cookies an this go on... I hae 60 cookies for my classes on Halloween and was wondering if I need to make two batches of this.
    I love Cream Cheese Frosting and have made it for years especially for Carrot Cake. It does not belong on Red Velvet Cake. The true icing for Red Velvet is a cooked icing. My step-mother made it for years. She almost always brought one with her when she came to visit. She was from Kansas City, MO and I think it was a restaurant there that made the Red Velvet Cake so popular. Does anyone out there have the real icing recipe? If so, would you mind sharing it? Thank you in advance.
    try this Food Network link...
    It looks like you will have to copy and paste that. :-/
    Delicious and easy. I doubled the recipe and really shouldn't have for a 8 1/2 x 11 cake. It made a LOT of frosting. The toasted walnuts were a delicious addition.
    I doubled the recipe, but this is definitely the best cream cheese icing I have ever made. Creamy and sweet, not rich. The very best.
    very good, will use it again
    Easy and super yummy!
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