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Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

The delicious cream cheese buttercream frosting recipe is a great addition to Angie Dudley's Cupcake Pops.

  • Yield: Makes enough for about 50 cupcake bites
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April Spring 2008


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until creamy, about 30 seconds.

  2. With the mixer on low, slowly add sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowls as necessary.

  3. Add vanilla and increase mixer speed to medium. Blend until frosting is fluffy, about 1 minute.

Reviews (12)

  • thevintagefarmgirl 30 Nov, 2012

    Awesome recipe. Super easy and tastes so good you want to eat it plain!
    1lb powdered sugar= 3 3/4 Cups :)

    I found this soft enough and easily spreadable/squeezable. I made sure the butter and cream cheese were room temp.

    Perfect topping for cupcakes.

  • Candigrl3383 17 Aug, 2012

    It has a wonderful flavor but is too thick to spread. I would suggest adding some milk or cream to thin it out.

  • DamaMama 30 Oct, 2011


  • sarah_vi 18 Jun, 2010

    i want to use this for the three layer apple cake. will it go well? also if i make and ice the cake 2 days in advanced will it be okay? the three layer apple cake can be made four days in advanced with that icing but i dont know if this one is okay?

  • lp39 28 Sep, 2009

    just so ya'll know... confectioner's sugar is POWDERED sugar and not GRANULATED. it's very grainy if you mix the two up. trust me, i know from experience.

  • funnimunkei 27 Jul, 2009

    can you use other frostings for this recipe?

  • nedhead 19 Jul, 2009

    is there a substitution for Cream Cheese? I dont have any in the house :(

  • skippy55 22 Aug, 2008

    dsyms1: One lb of Confectioner's sugar contains approx. 3 3/4 cups.

  • africa 12 May, 2008

    I am trying this recipe this weekend for my little cusins brithday... it should be really fun and a great way to celabrate!!

  • caketalkoh 5 Apr, 2008

    Hi.... Approx. 3-1/2 to 4....... start with 3-1/2 and add the remaining 1/2 cup to achieve the taste and consistency that you desire.


  • dsyms1 4 Apr, 2008

    How many cups of confectioner's sugar is 1 pound?

  • Tred67 4 Apr, 2008

    I think it would be a great addition at the end of each recipe how to store the items and how long they can last - as with a good cookbook. Also, if things can be done in advance or frozen.

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