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5 from 7 votes

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Cream Cheese Frosting - Less than 5 ingredients to make and comes together in just 10 minutes! Perfectly smooth, fluffy and has a delicious, rich flavor. Great to use on cakes, bars, cookies, cupcakes and more! 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar , more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional: pinch of salt, food coloring


    • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Then add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat just until combined and fluffy. Do not over mix. 
    • Taste and add a pinch of salt and more vanilla if desired. You can also add 1/2 cup more powdered sugar if you'd like it a little sweeter or thicker. 
    • Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. 


    • If using this recipe to pipe on cupcakes, I suggest adding an additional 1-2 cups of powdered sugar and make sure not to soften the butter or cream cheese too much. This will help the frosting hold it's shape. 
    • If you'd like to make chocolate cream cheese frosting, add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder with the sugar and mix until combined.


    Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.1mg