You need my recipe for fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting. What is frosting without cream cheese, right?
This is the cream cheese frosting best-known recipe in my family. This frosting recipe is amazing on birthday cakes, cupcakes, or even Christmas cookies.
This frosting is amazing on my delicious pumpkin cake, birthday cake, cupcakes, Christmas cookies…or anything you need to frost!
I’m just saying…this is my favorite frosting recipe EVER. It is just that awesome. It is creamy and fluffy with amazing flavor and it is just awesome in every way!
This recipe will frost a 9 x 13-inch cake in a nice, thick layer and you will still have about a cup of frosting leftover. At our house, we love leftover frosting (have you tried it spread between graham crackers? Yum!), but if you are frosting a smaller cake or don’t want leftovers you could half the recipe.
Hear me now…I am telling you, you NEED this cream cheese frosting recipe in your recipe collection!
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Recipe for homemade cream cheese frosting
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz soft cream cheese, softened
12 Tbsp butter, softened (1 and 1/2 sticks)
2 1/2 c powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk
Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
Once the mixture is smooth, add half of the powdered sugar and mix well, starting out at low speed so that the powdered sugar doesn’t go flying around the room.
Add the other half of the powdered sugar and continue to mix until you see this gorgeous whipped cream cheese frosting in your bowl:
Hint: If you are piping the frosting and you need your cream cheese frosting to be a little thicker, just add more powdered sugar (one tablespoon at a time). If you need it to thin, add a tiny splash of milk. REMEMBER…you can always add more powdered sugar or milk, but you can’t take it out once it is in there, so use small amounts at a time!
Once it is nice and smooth, the fluffy cream cheese frosting is ready to frost the cake.
Once you are finished, I recommend that you refrigerate any excess frosting in a plastic storage container.
- 8 oz soft cream cheese, softened
- 12 Tbsp butter, softened
- 2 1/2 c powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp milk
- Put the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and milk in a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix until smooth.
- Once the mixture is smooth, add half of the powdered sugar and mix well with a hand mixer.
- Add the other half of the powdered sugar and continue to mix with the hand mixer until smooth.
- You are ready to frost your cake!
Hint: If you plan to pipe the frosting and you need your frosting to be a little thicker, just add more powdered sugar (one tablespoon at a time). If you need it to thin, add a tiny splash of milk. REMEMBER...you can always add more powdered sugar or milk, but you can't take it out once it is in there, so use small amounts at a time!
*If you are going to pipe the frosting, you will want to make it a bit more stiff so that it will hold it's shape. To do that, add a little more powdered sugar, a tablespoon or two at a time, mix it well, then add more if needed. If you don't know how to pipe frosting, check out my How to Pipe Frosting on Cupcakes post!Refrigerate any extra frosting in a plastic storage container.
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Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 133Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 25mgSodium 76mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 0gSugar 12gProtein 1g
You are ready to frost your cake! Be sure to pin this for later! I would tell you to enjoy it, but I don’t have to because you will…you really don’t have a choice 😉 The heavenly flavor will dance in your mouth!
Cream cheese frosting best practices for piping: If you are going to pipe the frosting, it’s a good idea to add a little bit of extra powdered sugar to make the frosting a bit stiffer so that it will hold its shape. To do this, just add a tablespoon or two at a time, mix it well, then add more if needed. If you don’t know how to pipe frosting, check out my How to Pipe Frosting on Cupcakes post!
If you want to color your frosting, I recommend using liquid food coloring. I like it better than the gels. Gels get stiff over time and you end up throwing them away if you don’t use them fast enough.
I think you will find this to be THE BEST cream cheese frosting recipe that you have ever tried!
See ya next time!