Cream Cheese Frosting

If you've got these four basic ingredients on hand you can make your own cream cheese frosting recipe from scratch faster than making a trip to the store for purchased frosting. Spread it onto red velvet cake, pumpkin bars, carrot cake, or another favorite dessert.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
20 mins
about 3-1/2 cups


  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 5 ½ - 6 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency. This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch layers. (Halve the recipe to frost a 13x9x2-inch cake.) Cover and store the frosted cake in refrigerator.

Cocoa-Cream Cheese Frosting:

Prepare as above, except beat 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder into the cream cheese mixture and reduce powdered sugar to 5 to 5 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
14g Fat
56g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Total Sugars 55g
Protein 1g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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