Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cream Cheese Frosting can be used for frosting cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and bars. It also makes a good cake filling to use between layers. Its flavor and texture blend nicely with carrot, spice, pumpkin, and chocolate-flavored cakes and bars.

Cream Cheese Frosting works well when decorating a cake with simple frosting designs and can also be use with a pastry bag for some detailed decorating. You can do some detail decorating with this recipe for Cream Cheese frosting but the types of shapes you will be able to make and have hold up are limited because of its soft texture. This recipe for frosting should be stored in the refrigerator because of its cream cheese contents. Other ingredients can also be added to the cream cheese frosting to enhance its flavor. Add cocoa for a bit of a chocolate flavor or try adding some coconut to give the frosting an accented flavor.

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Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine - softened
  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese - softened
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • Allow cream cheese and butter to set out at room temperature to soften or soften in the microwave. If softening in the microwave, cook them only until they begin to soften. If they are softened too much and begin to melt, it can affect the consistency of the frosting.
  • Combine the cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl and beat until well blended.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy smooth.

  • If the consistency of the cream cheese frosting is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar, starting with one or two tablespoons at a time until it is the desired consistency.

  • This cream cheese frosting can be used for frosting cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and bars. It can also be use as a filling for layered cakes.
  • The recipe above is enough frosting to frost a layered cake on the sides and top, plus to use as the filling between the layers.

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