Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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The best cream cheese frosting recipe for your cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Hints for making frosting with the best flavor and texture.

Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

I had to laugh when I was editing these pictures.

I couldn’t tell whether I was looking at pictures of the best cream cheese frosting recipe ever….. or….. mashed potatoes.

It doesn’t matter which it is really. Give me a bowl of either and I could eat it by the spoonful.

Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

We’re not talking mashed potatoes today, though. It’s all about dessert. The best, thick and fluffy cream cheese frosting for cinnamon rolls, red velvet cakes, carrot cakes, and pumpkin spice cakes. It’s also the base to our carrot cake trifle and Reese’s trifle recipes.

And one of my favorite ways to eat it? In between two chocolate chip cookies.

Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

If you’ve never made homemade frosting, this is the recipe to start with. There’s really no way to mess this up. And once you’re hooked on homemade frostings, give these a try:

Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

4.80 from 20 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture is light and fluffy. This will take about 3 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar, ½ a cup at a time, until it is thoroughly mixed.
  • Add the vanilla and beat the frosting on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



*I use the beater blade for beating together the cream cheese and butter, then switch to the whisk to beat in the powdered sugar. The whisk generally gives you a fluffier frosting.
*Want your frosting even fluffier? Beat for an additional 2 minutes.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 29mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 305

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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1 year ago

5 stars
This recipe is SOOO good! It was so quick and easy to make and made the fluffiest, most delicious cream cheese icing! Perfect for my red velvet cupcakes!

5 years ago

Isn’t this too sweet? I’m trying to cut on sugar. If i’m going to put less sugar for this recipe, what will be the result?

Kat T.
1 year ago

5 stars
“Absolutely” just the best cream cheese frosting ! Not too sweet it’s just right ! I added this frosting to the carrot cake recipe from this site . My husband goes back and eats all the left over frosting . It’s that good ! Thank You, for such a great recipe

Carly Meacham
3 years ago

How much cocoa powder would you recommend to make this chocolate cream cheese frosting?

Paula Battle
4 years ago

Can you use whipped cream cheese?

4 years ago

if using for cupcakes, do you recommend storing in fridge?

5 years ago

5 stars
is the butter salted?

5 years ago

5 stars
Can we use this as filling for the macaroons? N how to convert it to grams ? ????

6 years ago

Can you tell me, please, what tip size and brand you use? Thanks