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How to make sweet cream cheese frosting from scratch

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This rich cream cheese frosting is the standard topping for red velvet cake and carrot cake. It also complements spicy desserts, such as cinnamon rolls and gingerbread. You can whip up a tasty batch of homemade cream cheese frosting in less than ten minutes.

Sweet cream cheese frosting recipe
Yield: Approximately 2 cups


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 8-ounce block of cream cheese
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar, approximately
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat at medium speed until well combined, about two minutes.

Sift the powdered sugar. Gradually add sugar to butter and cream cheese, beating after each addition.

Beat the mixture at medium speed until fluffy, about two minutes.

Drizzle in vanilla extract and stir until combined.

Use frosting immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Sweet cream cheese frosting recipe tips
This recipe makes enough frosting for a standard two-layer cake.

For the best flavor and consistency, use a name brand, full-fat cream cheese and real butter.

Before mixing, allow cream cheese and butter to soften without quite reaching room temperature.

To avoid lumps, sift powdered sugar before using.

As you can tell from the powdery countertop in the video, it is important to gradually add the sugar about a cup at a time.

After stirring in one teaspoon vanilla extract, sample the frosting to decide if you want to use additional vanilla.

If the frosting is too thick, use a small amount of milk to thin it.

Depending on the humidity level, this frosting recipe may need as little as 3 cups powdered sugar to take shape.



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