How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting
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5 from 10 votes

Cream Cheese Frosting

This silky cream cheese frosting recipe is tangy and sweet, with just a hint of vanilla.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese frosting
Servings: 8 (approximately 2 cups total)
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups (265g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted (or to taste)


  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a large bowl and an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on medium-high to high speed until smooth.
  • Turn the speed down to low and add the salt and sugar in 3-4 batches, then turn the speed back up to high and mix until the frosting is smooth.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two weeks (possibly longer). 


This recipe is the perfect consistency for frosting a cake. For piping cupcakes with stiff peaks, add an additional 1/2 to 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar.
For chocolate cream cheese frosting: sift 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (either dutch-processed or natural will work) together with the sugar, and add them to the recipe together.
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Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 39mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.1mg