This rich, versatile frosting can be used to decorate a variety of cakes. Try it on our Hummingbird Cake.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add butter, beating until incorporated.

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  • Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add sugar, beating until incorporated. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using.

Reviews (12)

90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2014
great recipe! i used less than half of sugar and it turned out amazing.
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02/03/2013
I also used about only 1/2 a cup of sugar and it was enough. Delicious!
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08/23/2012
Made this and the Humming bird cake for my wedding cake everyone loved it and wanted the recipe.
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06/15/2012
I used about half the amount of sugar than this for the frosting on my fiancé's birthday cake and everyone loved it.
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03/26/2012
Great Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe. Used it on the Coconut Cloud Cake yesterday - the cake was a big hit! I agree with some of the other reviewers. Half of the amount for powdered sugar is plenty. My suggestion, add small amounts of powdered sugar at a time. Stop at desired taste. I used a little less than 1/2. Happy baking!
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01/23/2011
I have made this frosting a few times and it always turns out great. I don't use quite all of the sugar the recipe calls for, too sweet for me. This time I turned it into a carmel cream cheese frosting and used it on an apple cake recipe on this site and it was spectacular. I used a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and melted it in a pan with 8 tbs of the butter and let cool, then added to the butter-cream cheese mixture before adding the confectioners' sugar ( I used a little more than 2 cups).
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04/28/2010
I love that frosting. It is a huge hit every time I make it. I like to spread it on banana cupcakes, it is delicious.
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04/16/2010
I really liked this recipe. Great quick desert!
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04/02/2010
Ditto. I added all the sugar and by half way through it was the perfect consistency so I should have stopped there. By the time I added the whole 2lbs it was difficult to beat and the cream cheese flavor was covered by the flavor of the sugar.
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06/03/2009
what kind of cream cheese do you use? I used mascarpone and it turned out really thick and heavy. (I live in europe) Thanks
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05/10/2008
I found this recipe good but actually used only half of the sugar and it worked just as great.
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05/10/2008
THis recipe is great, but I used just half of the sugar and it worked just as good.