Perfectly creamy and sweet, this Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe will become your go-to frosting! Smooth enough to spread and thick enough to pipe. This is a perfect recipe.
I love cream cheese frosting. I love it on cake, on cupcakes and especially cinnamon rolls. A lot of cream cheese frosting recipes tend to come out too thin and look horrible spread on a cake, so it was my mission to come up with a thick and creamy frosting that was smooth enough to spread easily while still holding it’s shape so you could pipe it too. Sure enough after a few tries of trial and error, I got it down!
My two secrets for this cream cheese frosting include: (1) using very very soft butter and very very soft cream cheese…as in left out on the counter for 6+ hours to ensure they both are the same temperature so they easily combine together AND (2) adding in vanilla extract and NOT adding in milk. Most frostings call for milk, but this one is a special case. Because you want this to be thick, you simply don’t add milk and stir it until it’s completely smooth and thick. As it stirs, you might second guess yourself because it seems like it won’t come together, but, if your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature, you will have no problems. When in doubt, keep mixing.
Below are a few photos that show the step by step process with the printable recipe card at the bottom. And if cream cheese frosting isn’t your thing, be sure to check out my chocolate frosting, or my vanilla buttercream recipe. Both equally delicious!
Here’s how to make cream cheese frosting:
Start your frosting by putting very soft butter and very soft cream cheese into the bottom of a large bowl.
On top of that, pour in some powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
Now comes the fun part! Use a hand mixer to stir stir stir it all together until completely smooth and thick. At first, it might seem like the powdered sugar won’t all mix in, but as you stir and work it together with the hand mixer, it will surely come together. Scrape the sides and stir again briefly to make sure it’s fully smooth and use as you’d like! Easy as that.
Have a great day, friends!
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 cup salted butter at room temperature
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Stir with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) until completely combined, thick and smooth. Scrape the sides and stir again briefly to ensure a smooth frosting. Use as desired.