Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

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Made with just 4 ingredients, this easy cream cheese frosting is a flavorful topping for cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.

A good homemade cream cheese frosting like this one goes well with carrot cakes, pumpkin cupcakes, red velvet desserts, and more.

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

This is one of our go-to frosting recipes because we love it so much and it works with so many different desserts.

We use it on our carrot cake cupcakes and the two flavors are like heaven with every bite.

Why You’ll Love This Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • It only uses 4 ingredients. Simple ingredients that you probably have everything you need in the kitchen already.
  • It only takes a few minutes to whip up. It’s just a matter of mixing everything and BOOM, you have a flavorful frosting for your desserts.
frosting ingredients

Ingredients Needed

Cream Cheese: Softened cream cheese is the star of this frosting and what makes it creamy. Just regular full-fat cream cheese softened. Reduced fat can work BUT it’s not as good.

Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar easily mixes with the cream cheese and other ingredients. It also makes the frosting sweet.

Butter: The butter helps make the frosting rich and creamy.

Vanilla: Vanilla gives it a bit of extra flavor and goes well with cream cheese.

frosting cream cheese butter vanilla sugar

How to Make the Frosting:

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and butter until creamy and well combined.
  • Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Don’t add everything at once. Adding the powdered sugar a cup at a time will help you get a smooth and creamy frosting.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and mix well.

How to Store Cream Cheese Frosting

If you plan on making this frosting ahead of time, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to use it, pull it out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter until it’s easy to stir and work with.

You can freeze the frosting for 2-3 months in the freezer. Keep the frosting in an airtight container and place it in the freezer. When you are ready to use it, simply pull it out and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

You’ll want to give it a good stir and make sure it’s easy to work with before spreading it on your cakes, desserts, or cupcakes.

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Made with just 4 ingredients, this easy cream cheese frosting is a flavorful topping for cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsaltedbutter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and butter until creamy and well combined.
  • Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. This will ensure a smooth and creamy frosting.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and mix well.

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