5 from 1 vote
BEST CREAM CHEESE FROSTING – This quick and easy cream cheese frosting recipe is sooo good! It’s the perfect cream cheese icing for frosting carrot cake, pumpkin bars, banana cake, red velvet cake, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cookies, or your favorite cake recipe! Not overly sweet, this homemade cream cheese frosting recipe is a keeper and one of many of our great Frosting Recipes!
Prep Time
7 mins
Total Time
7 mins
Cream Cheese Frosting for your cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and cookies! Here’s everything you need to know to for how to make cream cheese frosting that is smooth and creamy as well as delicious! You’ll love this recipe!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese frosting, how to make cream cheese frosting
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Alice Currah of Savory Sweet Life
  • 2 8-ounce packages full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  1. Cream the cream cheese to a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until creamy. Add the remaining cream cheese and butter. Beat again until creamy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time on low speed until just combined and all the sugar is mixed in. The frosting will should like dense butter.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract, lemon juice, and salt. Slowly increase the mixer speed to medium-high for 2 minutes, then on high speed for 30 seconds until the frosting is light and fluffy. If not using an edged paddle attachment, make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  4. This recipe will make just over 3 cups and is a medium-consistency frosting - perfect for spreading on cakes.
  5. If you need a stiffer cream cheese frosting, add in an additional cup of sifted sugar.
  6. If you plan on using this frosting for piping decorations, it is best to allow it to cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.

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