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Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This smooth, versatile frosting has a delicate vanilla flavor. The woman who made the wedding cake for our daughter, Leanne, and her groom, Billy Waters, used this recipe. It's also excellent on carrot cake.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min. YIELD:12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Store frosting in the refrigerator. Yield: about 3 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 234 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

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jjsm4552 User ID: 826864 241118
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Perfect cream cheese frosting. I did add a couple splashes of milk to thin it out and it turned out great."

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kellyAW User ID: 5204161 224162
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"Wonderful flavor, this is the only cream cheese frosting I use. I use an 8oz cream cheese instead of 2, 3oz pkgs. It is excellent on home made cinnamon rolls."

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aug2295 User ID: 4631582 30368
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"Tasty and really easy to put together."

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RLiberty User ID: 7169427 47076
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"Very smooth and easy. Used less confectioners sugar than called for - great"

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keverwann User ID: 1807985 204241
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"This frosting, even with 6 cups of powdered sugar, was too loose for my use. I used real cream cheese, so I know it's not the fat content. I'll eat it as a spread because it is tasty, but I'll use another recipe for a cake frosting."

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keena_mom User ID: 7017494 30367
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"It was great just as is (I only used 5 cups confectioners' sugar - any more would have been too sweet for me). I would definitely recommend it as a basic cream cheese frosting - I used it to decorate half of our cupcakes. However, I wanted some with a more "cream-cheesy" taste so I added a little more cream cheese - it was perfect, but only do that if you like to taste the "tang" of the cream cheese."

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keena_mom User ID: 7017494 35827
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"It was great just as is (I only used 5 cups confectioners' sugar - any more would have been too sweet for me). I would definitely recommend it as a basic cream cheese frosting - I used it to decorate half of our cupcakes. However, I wanted some with a more "cream-cheesy" taste so I added a little more cream cheese - it was perfect, but only do that if you like to taste the "tang" of the cream cheese."

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keena_mom User ID: 7017494 53499
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"It was great just as is, and I would definitely recommend it as a basic cream cheese frosting - I used it to decorate half of our cupcakes. However, I wanted some with a more "cream-cheesy" taste so I added a little more cream cheese - it was perfect, but only do that if you like to taste the "tang" of the cream cheese."

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b3ll4x User ID: 7007004 79187
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"This frosting was a huge hit! It has definitely become my cream cheese frosting staple."

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wombie User ID: 5672227 47029
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"This is a wonderful recipe."

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deannasnz User ID: 6542477 94453
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"Excellent classic cream cheese frosting."

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19fernwood User ID: 6348812 86359
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"First time making frosting ever! So easy and oh so good!!! Will never go back to frosting in a can."

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Donna_W User ID: 190124 79186
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"A yummy frosting for spice cake!"

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germanycook User ID: 6411056 47028
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Delicious! Frosted a carrot cake mix with it and it really MADE the cake :)"

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Lola101 User ID: 6310732 86167
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Yummy! Not overly sweet. Just luv it! Will make this frosting again and again......"

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Chelle114 User ID: 2076564 35826
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"YUMMMM!!! Excellent! Definitely would make it again!"

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Mackenzie&Jonathan User ID: 5094009 30291
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"this was a awesome base recipe and i have added many different flavors to this, my favorite is a hint of lemon zest."

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Julie20fan User ID: 3959278 53453
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"Awesome."

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Julie20fan User ID: 3959278 36038
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"The frosting is so simple to make and I will definitely make this again."

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SussyLuvs2cook User ID: 4234321 79185
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"Wonderful frosting recipe. Easy to make and delicious."

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carolynstowers User ID: 4001197 36036
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I made the frosting for a Butter Pecan cake. I did use 2 tbs of maple syrup instead of vanilla extract. It was very good."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.