Cream Cheese Frosting

Versatile, tangy, and quick to prepare, cream cheese frosting has a soft consistency that's ideal for swirling or swooping. It's the classic choice for topping many cupcakes, including carrot, red velvet, zucchini-spice, and applesauce-spice.

  • Yield: Makes 4 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 pound (4 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, and then vanilla; mix until smooth.

Cook's Note

Frosting can be refrigerated for up to 3 days; before using, bring to room temperature, and beat until smooth.

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