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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, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 257557
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2016

"Classic cream cheese frosting! I accidentally used I need ounce block of cream cheese and still turned out with beautiful soft love the cream cheese. Perfect for using on two Bundt cakes. It can also easily frost two pans of brownies. As a volunteer field editor with Taste of Home magazine I enjoy using recipes that are time-tested and family approved!"

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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.