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How to Make the Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

4.24 from 114 votes
My light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is perfect for cakes, cupcakes, donuts and more. Tried and true, this is the best cream cheese frosting.
Learn how to make cream cheese frosting with my best ever cream cheese frosting recipe.

Hi Bold Bakers!

My Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is truly the king of all frostings! Add a slather of it anywhere and I think you will agree it improves any cake or dessert. Learning how to make this recipe is a must for you Bold Bakers — spread it on classics like my Best-Ever Carrot Cake,  Crazy Cupcakes, donuts and so much more.

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Besides being absolutely delicious, my Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting is incredibly simple to make. In one bowl, combine a little butter and cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Then, add in your powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla for smooth and creamy bliss. Once your ingredients have been combined, you’ll discover rich, thick and perfectly balanced frosting. This frosting is light in flavor from the soft and tangy cream cheese and complimentary of any dessert.

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What desserts go well with Cream Cheese Frosting?

I can think of endless ways to use this frosting. Make it for my 3 Layer Microwave Red Velvet Cake, spread it across a slice of my Best Ever Banana Bread, dollop it onto your cupcakes and smear it over your carrot cakes. The frosting is always my favorite part, so if you’re like me, you must give my recipe a go!

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How to store Cream Cheese Frosting?

You will find my Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is super easy to work with and beautiful. This light, fluffy, and shiny frosting is absolutely convenient as it can be kept in the fridge until ready for use. This can be covered and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Can you Freeze Cream Cheese Frosting?

I like to vacuum seal extra frosting and freeze it! You can always transfer your frosting to an air-tight container and pop it in the freezer. This will keep frozen for up to 3 weeks. To use from frozen, allow the frosting to thaw in the fridge until it’s soft. After thawing just give the frosting a good whip up with a spatula then use as directed in my recipes.

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Gemma's Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

4.24 from 114 votes
My light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is perfect for cakes, cupcakes, donuts and more. Tried and true, this is the best cream cheese frosting.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
My light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is perfect for cakes, cupcakes, donuts and more. Tried and true, this is the best cream cheese frosting.
Author: Gemma Stafford

Ingredients

  • 5 cups (1 lb 4 oz/ 575g) powdered sugar, sifted lightly to remove any lumps
  • 2 cups (16oz/454g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high cream together the cream cheese and butter.
  • Once light and fluffy add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and whip until it is smooth and creamy.
  • This can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

 

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20 days ago

Here’s a tip for those who couldn’t get the frosting thick enough to pipe or spread on a cake. If you live in Europe, like I do, the cream cheese over here is very different from the United States. It contains much more water. Sugar ist hygroscopic and the cream cheese will release it’s water as soon as it comes in touch with the powdered sugar, leaving you with a liquid mess. The all important thing is to cream together butter and powdered sugar first(!) until pale yellow and fluffy. This way the hygroscopic sugar crystals are covered in non-hygroscopic… Read more »

Priscilla
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Priscilla
24 days ago

Howvcan you fix grainy cream cheese made from scratch.

Sola
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Sola
1 month ago

Hi,
Does your recipe for cream cheese make cream cheese that is thick enough for this recipe?
It’s impossible to buy the block type here in London (or I haven’t found it).
Thanks

Jahh
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Jahh
2 months ago

Hi is it 5 cups of powdered sugar coz I warched the video it looks like its not 5 cups,,, sorry????????????

Almanza Dsouza
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Almanza Dsouza
2 months ago

Hi gemma, I tried making your cream cheese was simply awesome now I’ll make the frosting of the same

Kathy Bather
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Kathy Bather
3 months ago

Hi Gemma, I’m from the UK. I tried this icing and your red velvet cake for my dads birthday last week. The cake came out lovely and soft, I was pleased as I’ve never baked in the microwave before, but I could get it red coloured. I tried adding more colour, but I still looked like chocolate cake… also I made the frosting, and it was to soft / runny to spread over the cake, I chilled it for over a day but it made no difference. I’m wondering if our cream cheese is different to what you guys get..… Read more »

Yoana
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Yoana
3 months ago

Hi Gemma
The frosting taste amazing
But however I’m not able to get the stiff peaks
What do I do for this..it is a little saggy

Nilofer
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Nilofer
4 months ago

Hi Gemma I hv tried most of ur recipes it’s really a life saver for a new born cook like me.thanks.. I wanted ask if I’m using cream cheese spread to stabilize it u HV mentioned in previous comment about corn starch..how n vn to add cornstarch at wat proportion. N wat will b the spread n butter ratio .

Nicole Green
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Nicole Green
5 months ago

Hi Gemma, thanks for the won recipes! Is this frosting sturdy enough for piping, that is, will it hold its shape or would I have to add more sugar?

aditithakur
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aditithakur
6 months ago

Hey Gemma! Can we use your homade cream cheese for the frosting ?

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