Cream Cheese Frosting

2 cups

All you need are four ingredients for this delicious cream cheese frosting. It’s a quick and easy recipe that starts with a package of cream cheese and adds in butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract. The cream cheese is a shortcut to creaminess and adds a delicate tang to offset the sweetness of this decadent frosting that works so well on red velvet cake, carrot cake, pumpkin cake, and all kinds of cupcakes.


  • 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.

    cream cheese frosting in bowl
    Johnny Miller
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