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Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Use this great orange cream cheese frosting recipe when you make John Barricelli's Carrot Cake.

  • Yield: Frosts one 8-inch layer cake
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1999


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 bars (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Place butter in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add cream cheese, and beat until well combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes more. Add sugar, orange zest, ginger, and salt, and beat for 5 minutes.

Reviews (12)

  • llovestrom 28 Oct, 2012

    It was delicious but I might add some vanilla next time

  • remindme message 20 Oct, 2012

    This is the best cream cheese frosting I've ever had.

  • remindme message 20 Oct, 2012

    This is the best cream cheese frosting I've ever had.

  • canwan 8 Sep, 2011

    made the cake for my sisters wedding and made an extra little cake to test , it was delicious. The frosting, I made today and it has a very soupy consistency even after adding 3 more cups of confec sugar and since I had 1 and 1/2 the recipe I now have way too much soupy frosting. So I checked other recipes for Cr Ch FRosting and the prportions are very different 8oz COLD cr ch,! stick butter ,! tsp vanilla with 4 CUPS confec sugar. is there a typo in John Barricellis recipe ???

  • Dcnyc1967 23 Oct, 2014

    I'm surprised to hear that you had soupy frosting. I have made this many times and it always turns out great. I also do 1.5 times the recipe because the frosting is soooo good and I like to have a lot of it on the cake. Give it another try and see if you have the same result.

  • treeboss 7 Feb, 2010

    Lili13: The cake recipe specifically adds the ginger in the second or third step...the frosting also adds ginger. It goes in both.

  • Lili13 19 Mar, 2009

    The video shows the ginger being added to the cake batter, but I noticed the frosting recipe is the one that calls for the ginger not the cake, I am confused please help someone. thanks

  • Lili13 19 Mar, 2009

    Are you supposed to add the ginger to the cake batter or the frosting, or both?

  • foodiefafa 14 Jan, 2009

    Best carrot cake ever!

  • CreatingPerfectHome 21 Dec, 2008

    This is my favorite Carrot Cake

  • ejingtreasure 1 Nov, 2008

    It was sooooooo yummy. The combination of John Barricelli's carrot cake and this frosting is out of this world! According to local consensus, I'll add more orange zest next time.

  • tiffanyburns 28 Mar, 2008

    Incredible frosting. The freshly grated ginger adds a special quality to carrot cake and makes it taste beautiful!

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