Cupcakes/ Frostings & Sauces

Cream Cheese Frosting

February 8, 2018

Creamy, fluffy and rich, this melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese frosting is perfect for piping. It has a slight tang, which makes it not overly sweet.

Cream Cheese Frosting

My favorite frosting and the one I use the most is cream cheese buttercream frosting.Β Homemade frosting is the best and it’s easy to make. I’ve tested this frosting with different amounts of butter, cream cheese, and sugar, and this recipe is perfect for piping and holds its shape well, so you can use it for cupcakes and layer cakes. Cream cheese frosting is delicious with cupcakes, cakes such as banana, carrot, or red velvet cake, and cinnamon rolls.

Use Block Cream Cheese

I use block Philadelphia cream cheese. I tried using cream cheese spread cof different brands and it didn’t work well. The frosting was too thin no matter how much sugar I added.

Sift the Sugar

For a smooth, velvety frosting, make sure you sift the sugar so it’s not lumpy and easily melts into the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
YIELD: 3 cups
This recipe is enough to frost 12 cupcakes generously or 20 cupcakes if you cover them with a thinner layer. It's enough to frost a sheet cake or large round cake. Multiply the recipe by 1.5 for a layer cake.

  • 8 oz. (225 g) block cream cheese (not spread), softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/115 g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups (350 g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt, and beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then on high speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth and fluffy. If you want a thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar.
  2. Frosting can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Before using, bring to room temperature and whisk by hand for a few seconds until satiny and smooth.
Best cream cheese frosting, perfect for piping

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  • Reply
    January 27, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    I love this one! It goes so well with the vanilla cupcakes!
    It’s the taste I’ve always wanted to achieve πŸ™‚

    Shiran, could you do a post on tips about frosting?
    I’ve never really baked until I found your blog so I don’t know anything about it,
    so when it says “desired consistency” or “thick enough to pipe” I’m actually not sure what consistency that is.
    Hence the taste was always great, but it never turns out pretty because I don’t know what consistency is ideal for pretty piping!

    Thank you so much!

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      January 29, 2018 at 4:45 am

      Hi Miri πŸ™‚ I know that it can be difficult to understand sometimes. I’m in the process of doing videos to some of my recipes, so make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Hopefully it would help!

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    January 4, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    This was a great frosting recipe! Thank you.

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    July 11, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    When you say powdered sugar is this icing sugar?

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    August 16, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I used this recipe to go with your Whoopi pie, and it is now a family favourite! I used to love baking, but this recipe multiplied my love of baking by a million!

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