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Cream Cheese Frosting

Try Martha Stewart's quick and easy cream cheese frosting recipe! Cream cheese frosting is a delicious delight atop cupcakes and a favorite on pumpkin cake, carrot cake and more!

  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups
Cream Cheese Frosting

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart's Cookies


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla, and stir to combine.

Reviews (27)

  • Randi1218 21 Feb, 2015

    Very good frosting. My family and I like it because it's not overly sweet. One thing I donot like about frosting. This was perfect for the carrot cake I made. Thanks Martha!

  • Msnjr 18 Feb, 2015

    I make butter cream frosting its not hard I even make it with cream cheese added makes it less sweet and creamy.

  • Sbab4848 29 Mar, 2015

    I am making a wedding cake for my grandson. They want cream cheese frosting. I plan on making my butter cream icing but add cream to it. I wanted to know how much cream cheese to add.

  • mmkk5 15 Feb, 2015

    this cream cheese frosting recipe is perfect...simple and very tasty

  • Jude Jamerson 1 Feb, 2015

    Martha this recipe is wonderful. Half a sweet as my usual recipie and I love it!! I have been watching you on Create and you are inspiring to bake up a storm! Thank you.

  • marepotsy 12 Nov, 2013

    Delicious. Made a carrot cake and my husband won't leave it alone! Its so easy and only uses 1 pkg of cream cheese so will make this my new Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

  • Colombo1203 16 Jun, 2013

    I typically make a very delicious carrot cake, but lately the frosting has been too thin, so I decided to try out a new recipe. A few complained that the frosting was not sweet enough. I thought it was plenty sweet even though my typical recipe uses 2 cups, a third of the amount of cream cheese, and the same amount of butter. I ended up wanted a bot more frosting, so I used about 1 3/4 cups of sugar and it turned out great. I hope it's enough to frost my 2 layer cake! Making more as backup.

  • Laura Weitzenberg 16 Apr, 2013

    This is the best cream cheese frosting ever. It was also the perfect amount that I needed to frost 50 mini cupcakes.

  • KMS717 30 Mar, 2013

    This is the best cream cheese frosting I've ever tasted...I don't see how someone could post that it's not sweet enough...they have got to be kidding!

  • Zaiton Rahman 26 Mar, 2013

    Best to learn

  • jlmb1 22 Mar, 2013

    Thank you for the best cream cheese frosting recipe . we have tryed so many different ones all to sweet this one is perfect Bonquiqui just has a sweet tooth!!

  • MommySanborn 19 Jan, 2013

    Perfect!! So hard to find a recipe that isn't overly sweet!! Exactly what I have been searching for:)

  • Mariagobc 16 Dec, 2012

    This was so delicious. It wasn't as sweet as other recipes which is what I wanted. Thanks

  • Bonquiqui Luhyolo-minaj IV 25 Nov, 2012


    Not sweet at all! Go to Kraft for a good one.

    I have no clue what they were thinking, this is not near sweet enough.

    If you ignore me and make this...

    Add another teaspoon of vanilla extract
    Add 1/2 cup of milk
    Finally add 1-2 MORE cups of Confectioners sugar!

    You're welcome!

  • Maria Bjarnadottir 27 Sep, 2012


  • Emina Dudic 27 Sep, 2012

    This is the BEST i mean the BEST frosting i have ever had! I love it. I could just eat the frosting alone! Easy simple & yummy!

  • Emina Dudic 27 Sep, 2012

    This is the BEST i mean the BEST frosting i have ever had! I love it. I could just eat the frosting alone! Easy simple & yummy!

  • Linda Baird 3 Sep, 2012

    Love anything with cream cheese in it.

  • Linda Baird 3 Sep, 2012

    Love anything with cream cheese in it.

  • ELZYCUR 20 Jul, 2012


  • pjlent 27 May, 2012

    Pretty good, very similar to mine (less sugar than most recipes). I only made cream cheese frosting tonight (first time), but I figured something else out (physics background, it helps). To get a really fluffy frosting (way better), mix it as shown, but then chill it in the freezer for about 1/2 an hour, then take it to the mixer again. That will whip in air, and it'll be as fluffy as whipped cream (very nice texture). Less sugar, but right consistency then.

  • pbnj1 6 Mar, 2011

    Awesome frosting! I generally find frostings too sweet, but this isn't at all. Wonderful creamy flavor that doesn't overpower the flavor of the cake. If you like sweeter frosting, add another half cup of powdered sugar. Enjoy!

  • PeachStateGirl 15 Feb, 2011

    Great, fast and easy. I was in a rush so skipped the gradual mixture and just popped it all in a bowl and used my mixer. Put the butter and cream cheese out on my counter the night before so it was super easy to mix together. Turned out great - have used this recipe three times now!

  • pancakesx 5 Jul, 2010

    This was so easy and fast. It made enough for 18 cupcakes and a "little" extra. It had a nice cream cheese "tang" flavor and was definitely not overly sweet.

  • LittleMissBaker 1 Nov, 2008

    This frosting is so good!

  • Tethered_2_Home 24 Feb, 2008

    oh man, so good! The kids

  • cbierly 11 Feb, 2008

    I added a 1/4 tsp of salt to the Frosting mix as it balanced out the sweetness of the recipe.

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