Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This tangy, sweet icing is deliciously easy! Only using four ingredients, this simple recipe will add another layer of yummy flavor to your cake.
Makes: About 6 cups
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Step 1

In large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and milk. Beat on high until smooth (30 - 60 seconds). If icing seems too thin, add confectioners' sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. If it seems too thick, add more milk 1 teaspoon at a time until icing reaches desired consistency.

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unsalted butter, softened

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

cream cheese

2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each, softened)

confectioners' sugar

8 cups confectioners' sugar (about 2 pounds)


1 tablespoon milk

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting
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Cream Cheese Frosting is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked well for me I tried this recipe for some Halloween cupcakes my 7 year old wanted to make. We tinted the icing with a bit of orange gel coloring and the consistency worked out fine. I cut the recipe in half because we only had a few cupcakes to do. Recipe at half covered 12 regular size cupcakes.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious but not for decorating Made my friend a red velvet cake for her birthday, I used this recipe for the frosting. It's very delicious & the recipe makes more than enough for a 3 layered cake. However, this frosting is much too loose to do any sort of decoration on the cake. I would typically add more sugar to thicken the frosting but more sugar wouldn't stiffen this up.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great frosting! This frosting recipe is great! It makes a lot, and has a great flavor. Some cream cheese frosting recipes just some have the flavor I'm looking for, but this one is perfect! It's definitely stiff enough to frost a cake, and to do basic piping (borders or swirls on cupcakes, etc.) but I don't think you'd be able to pipe roses or anything like that without adding too much powdered sugar. I'll definitely be keeping this recipe to use again. It's a winner!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recipe Made this to top two dozen cupcakes, so I cut the recipe in half. Followed the instructions to a "T" and it came out perfect...just right for piping on the tops. Had some left over, maybe enough to fill a few cookies!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy and delicious for frosting a cake wonderful! but not good for decorating. perfect for frosting a cake just for fun! :)
Date published: 2016-08-26
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