Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe-How to Make Cream Cheese

The Delish team’s love of cream cheese is no secret and this recipe shows exactly why. Cream cheese frosting is the easiest, most versatile, and arguably the most delicious option for topping all kinds of cakey desserts. Sure, there are red velvet cakes and hummingbird cakes (or cupcakes!) but with cream cheese frosting, you can’t stop there. We spread it on carrot cake cookies, stuff it into upside-down red velvet cookies, or use it to glaze a pistachio cake. As usual, we won’t judge if you eat it straight out of the bowl 🙂

Can this icing be channeled?

This frosting is sweeter because it starts with room temperature butter and cream cheese. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm it up for piping.

Can I adjust the softness of cream cheese frosting?

Definitely, just be aware of how it will affect the texture of the icing. Less powdered sugar will result in a thinner batter and more will result in a thicker, sweeter batter. To keep it sweet, add the powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time. Remember that thinner icing can be firmed up in the refrigerator. If you want to cut the sugar without cutting the sugar taste, try the keto cream cheese frosting in this pumpkin spice cupcake.

What flavors can I add to cream cheese frosting?

Plain Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect canvas to create the flavors of your wildest frosting dreams. Mix and match with your favorite flavored syrups, powders or sprinkles.

—Rainbow Sprinkles = Funfetti Frosting
—Finely ground espresso powder + cocoa powder = mocha glaze
—Orange zest + vanilla bean = Creamsicle Frosting
—Chopped mint + lime zest = Mojito glaze

Store leftover frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days or freeze for up to 6 weeks.

Have you done this before? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

Editor’s note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on May 20, 2022 to include more information about the dish.

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1 ea.

cream cheese, at room temperature

1 1/2

sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 tsp.

pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 tsp.

icing sugar

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  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and butter, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until completely smooth. Add the vanilla and beat to incorporate.
  2. Turn off mixer and sift in icing sugar 1 cup at a time; beat on low speed to start, then increase speed to medium to incorporate each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue adding the sugar and mixing until the glaze is completely smooth.

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