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Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe photo courtesy of Johnny Miller

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!

Source: Martha Stewart Living Special Issues 2001



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  • MS10517090
    24 DEC, 2017
    I love this recipe as is - i do not like overly sweet frosting. I made this to top some mini red velvet cheesecake bites. I made it again for red velvet cookies, i added a bit more sugar for the cookies as I needed a little more sweetness. This is a perfect and very versatile frosting recipe.
  • lettosouders
    29 JUL, 2017
    Copy/Paste (From a client) ..."The cake's really pretty!! But the taste is even better!!!"... And that's all Im going to say about this recipe lol
  • monicaavila05
    17 JUN, 2017
    This recipe is outstanding! The perfect sweetness! If there is to much or to little sweetness just add or subtract some of the powdered sugar, so simple don't see how some people could complain!
  • ALR5284742DW
    13 MAY, 2017
    Perfect! I used to make my frosting with 2 cups of confectioners' sugar which was too sweet for me. One cup of sugar is plenty sweet, and the tanginess of the cream cheese comes through. My family loves it.
  • vickytalasvega1
    10 MAY, 2017
    I just made it to go on my red velvet bunny cake and I must say... it tastes heavenly, it is sweet and fluffy and very tasty and easy and amazing and and and! Thank you Martha! And thanks to my cousin Maribel for posting this on facebook recently.
    • vickytalasvega1
      10 MAY, 2017
      Bundt not bunny. Sorry
  • suzy10485
    25 APR, 2017
    For all the negative comments saying its not sweet enough, that is strictly personal preference. This is a lovely and decadent cream cheese frosting, you can actually taste the cream cheese and butter. It luscious, very smooth, and tastes wonderful. It is not too sweet, which I find refreshing. I'm tired of all the really sweet frostings. This is a nice change of pace. This will be a go to frosting from now on. I love it. I would refrigerate this because cream cheese needs to be in the fridge. If someone does wants it sweeter, just add more powered sugar. I find it perfect.
  • nancyethompson1
    9 FEB, 2017
    Does this have to be refrigerated?
  • dietcokemomma
    4 JAN, 2017
    This is my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. I use it on my Sour Cream Almond Cake every time and everyone loves it. The biggest comment from fans is that it has just the right amount of sweetness and you can taste the rich butter taste as well. Never fails!
  • francescabulter
    17 MAR, 2016
    Up late here in MS, needed a cream cheese frosting for my St. Patrick Day cupcakes. Martha this was just fabulous tinted it green.
  • d3r7h4windstre
    26 NOV, 2015
    Brought pumpkin bread and a tub of this as a spread to work for co-workers to use if they wished. It was a hit. With half to a quarter of the sugar of other recipes I found, it complemented rather than overwhelmed the pumpkin bread. Using again today for our family Thanksgiving.

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