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Cream Cheese Frosting

This smooth, versatile cream cheese frosting has a delicate vanilla flavor. The woman who made the wedding cake for our daughter, Leanne, and her groom, Billy, used this recipe. It's also excellent on carrot cake. —Sharon Lugdon, Greenbush, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 cups


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla and, if desired, salt until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator.

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  • GStaelens
    Apr 18, 2020

    No comment left

  • Jerry
    Aug 17, 2019

    makes a very large amount

  • Kelly
    May 29, 2018

    It called for 8oz cream cheese someone said 3. Also it called for 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners sugar someone else had said 5 or 6 cups. Lol... I used a little less than 3 cups confectioners sugar and added in orange gelatin so to ice an orange dreamsicle cake. And OMGOSH perfect and soooooo yummy. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • mrs._white
    Oct 9, 2017

    Best cream cheese frosting! Tasty and enough for a large cake!

  • apple3891
    Aug 16, 2017

    Best cream cheese frosting ever!

  • mamaknowsbest
    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!

  • jjsm4552
    Jan 5, 2016

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

  • kellyAW
    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.

  • aug2295
    Oct 26, 2014

    Tasty and really easy to put together.

  • RLiberty
    Sep 22, 2013

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