Hot Eats and Cool Reads: How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Aug 16, 2021

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

This simple cream cheese frosting is made with only four ingredients! Great for cakes, cupcakes and cookies! Check out the ideas to change flavors and more!



Bowl of frosting with cookies


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clear glass bowl with frosting.


This post will tell you exactly how to make an easy and delicious cream cheese frosting!

Cream cheese frosting has always been my favorite, especially on carrot cake or zucchini cookies. It's so easy to mix up and you can use right away or store in the refrigerator or freezer to use later.

We love it on cakes, cupcakes and cookies, or by the spoonful if you're a frosting lover like I am.

You can add any food coloring you want for that special occasion, or add different flavor extracts, spices, fruit and more!


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What are the ingredients in this recipe?


frosting ingredients


  • Butter: A dairy product consisting of approximately 80% butterfat and made from the fat and protein components of milk or cream. Most commonly made from cow's milk, but can also be made from sheep, goat, yak, or buffalo milk.
  • Cream Cheese: It's been around since the 1800's and was produced mostly in Philadelphia. You can use store bought like I did or homemade cream cheese. I love the versatility, and that you can use it in sweet or savory recipes.
  • Powdered Sugar: Also known as confectioners' sugar or icing sugar. It is finely ground by milling, and is used for frostings or dusted onto food to add sweetness or decoration. You can use store bought or make your own powdered sugar!
  • Vanilla extract: This extract is made from vanilla bean pods soaked in water and alcohol. Try using pure vanilla extract instead of imitation. This is the most common extract used in American desserts and I put it in pretty much anything sweet, Use store bought or make your own vanilla!


Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!


Recipe tips:


  • How to store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Before using, bring to room temperature and mix.
  • How to freeze: Freeze in an airtight freezer bag or container for up to 3 months. Before using, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, bring to room temperature and mix.
  • Make sure to use a brick of cream cheese and not the spreadable kind.


frosting in a bowl with hand mixer


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How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 2 cups
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 10 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat softened butter and softened cream cheese until well blended and no clumps.
  2. Slowly add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, then add vanilla and beat until creamy.

Notes:

How to store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Before using, bring to room temperature and mix.


How to freeze: Freeze in an airtight freezer bag or container for up to 3 months. Before using, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, bring to room temperature and mix.


Make sure to use a brick of cream cheese and not the spreadable kind.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

1237.87

Fat (grams)

85.09

Sat. Fat (grams)

52.07

Carbs (grams)

116.31

Fiber (grams)

0.00

Net carbs

116.31

Sugar (grams)

112.16

Protein (grams)

7.46

Sodium (milligrams)

723.38

Cholesterol (grams)

236.55

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