Basic Cream Cheese Frosting recipe

Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

This easy and delicious cream cheese frosting recipe is perfect for all your cake, cupcake, and cookie needs. With just a few ingredients, you can create a creamy, tangy, and sweet frosting that will elevate any baked treat.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  • Servings: 16
  • Calories: 235 kcal
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 34g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 116mg


  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until creamy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and beat until well combined.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and salt, and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. If the frosting is too thick, you can add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Use the frosting to decorate your favorite baked goods!

Additional Notes:

  • This frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Before using the frosting, be sure to bring it to room temperature and beat it again to restore the creamy texture.
  • To make chocolate cream cheese frosting, simply add 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the recipe and decrease the powdered sugar to 3 cups.

Cooking Time:

Preparation Time: 10 minutes


Makes 4 cups of frosting, enough to frost 24 cupcakes or one 9×13 inch cake.





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