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Cream cheese frosting on a whisk

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting recipe! Creamy, sweet, slightly tangy, and so easy to make. Delicious on cakes, cookies or even by the spoonful!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 (1/4 cup) servings
Calories 280kcal
Author Erica Walker



  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric stand mixer until smooth. 
  • Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing constantly, until desired consistency is reached. 
  • Add more powdered sugar to thicken, add a little milk (a teaspoon at a time) if needed to thin.
  • Serve over cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cake, or cookies (see links to recipes above).


Note: If you prefer your cream cheese frosting to be more on the tangy side, only use 2 cups of sugar.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.1mg