Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 10 reviews

A thick and creamy pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting that takes less than ten minutes to prepare and tastes absolutely delicious on your cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.


  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½4 cups powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)


  1. Using a stand mixer (with paddle attachment) or hand mixer on high speed beat the cream cheese and butter until it is smooth and creamy with no lumps.
  2. Turn the mixer to medium and add the vanilla extract and salt. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the powdered sugar beating until well combined. Use 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar for non-piped frosting and 4 cups powdered sugar for pipeable frosting.
  3. Use on completely cooled cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.


  • Use full fat block cream cheese (not the spreadable or whipped cream cheese) and unsalted sweet cream butter.
  • Soften both your cream cheese and your butter before starting this recipe to ensure a smooth, creamy, and lump free finish.
  • This frosting is pipeable, easily dyeable, and by far one of my favorites with more flavor and less sugar per ounce than buttercream.
  • Refrigerate cream cheese frosting and any cakes, cupcakes or cookies that are frosted with it.
  • If you are not going to pipe this frosting than 3-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar is ample for a good spreadable consistency. However if you are piping the frosting than 4 full cups of powdered sugar is recommenced. 

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