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Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Learn how to make the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, it’s sweet and tangy while also being fluffy and thick. Keeps its shape when piping and pairs perfectly with carrot cake, banana cake, red velvet and cinnamon buns.

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this incredible frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Video Tutorial

Watch the video tutorial below for how to make the most perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

Delicious Cream Cheese Frosting


Cream cheese frosting is my most favorite frosting and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that! It makes anything and everything it touches even more delicious.

Sometimes you don’t want something as sweet as buttercream and the tanginess of cream cheese frosting fixes that perfectly. Sweet and tangy while also being fluffy and thick it’s just the perfect pairing to any baked goods. 

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Ingredients


1 Stick / 113g Butter – Make sure your butter is at room temperature. If you forgot to get it out of the fridge you can place it into the microwave in short bursts to soften it. 

7oz / 200g Cream Cheese – This recipe needs a block of room temperature cream cheese. Spreadable or light cream cheese wont work in this recipe.

3 Cups / 375g Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar, icing sugar and confectioners sugar are all the same ingredient just different names in different parts of the world. 

1 tsp Vanilla Essence (optional) – Vanilla adds a little more flavour to the cream cheese frosting but it isn’t required. 

How to make Cream Cheese Frosting


Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature, this is so important to stopping the frosting from curdling.

Add the butter to the bowl of your stand mixer or a large bowl if you’re using a hand mixer.

Whip on medium speed for about 3-5 minutes until light, fluffy and doubled in volume.

Add the room temperature cream cheese to the whipped butter.

It’s important to use full fat cream cheese here, not light or spreadable as these will lead to a really soupy liquid frosting that wont hold it’s shape, plus it won’t taste near as good!

Whip the butter and cream cheese for another few minutes until combined and light and fluffy.

Make sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl a few times just to make sure everything is evenly combined.

Add the first half of the powdered sugar and whip on low speed for about a minute until the sugar has been incorporated.

Add the second half of the sugar mix again until fully incorporated and the frosting is light and fluffy.

At this point you can add any flavorings you would like. Depending what I’m serving the frosting with I will add vanilla essence but most of the time I prefer the frosting without.

Before using the frosting place it into the fridge for 30 minutes just to let it firm up and settle from all of the whipping.

Common Questions about this Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


Can I add chocolate to make this chocolate cream cheese frosting?

I would recommend using cocoa powder instead of chocolate as there is already a lot of fat from the butter and cream cheese so the recipe doesn’t really need cocoa butter too. Use half a cup of good quality cocoa powder when you add the powdered sugar. Make sure to taste test your frosting to make sure you are happy with the sweetness as you may want to add a little more sugar.

Can I pipe this frosting?

Yes you can! This recipes contains butter as well as cream cheese which makes it thicker. After making the cream cheese frosting its best to let it rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up as the butter and cream cheese soften as they are whipped.

Why is my Cream Cheese Frosting Runny?

There are a few reasons why this can happen. The most common is using the wrong type of cream cheese. You need to use a block of cream cheese, not softened, spreadable or light as these will thin out your frosting. The second reason is the cream cheese frosting curdling or breaking. Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you start and you shouldn’t have any issues. 

Equipment needed for this Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer

The frosting needs to be beaten for a while for this recipe. This is easiest to do with a stand mixer or hand mixer. You can do this by hand with a whisk if you would prefer. 

Measuring Cups or Digital Scale

To measure the ingredients for this recipe measuring cups or a digital scale can be used. I have given the amounts for both as different people have different preferences.

Piping Bag and Piping Tip

To use this cream cheese frosting on cupcakes it’s easiest to use a piping bag and piping tip. I have used a Wilton 2D piping tip here, it’s my favorite!


More Frosting Recipes

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Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Chocolate Buttercream

Salted Caramel Buttercream

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Learn how to make the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, it’s sweet and tangy while also being fluffy and thick.
4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Baking
Servings 2 Cups


  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 7 oz Cream Cheese
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence


  • Beat room temperature butter in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer for 5 minutes until pale and light and doubled in volume. Add the cream cheese to the butter and beat for a minute until well combined.
  • Add half of the sugar to the butter and cream cheese, beating on low speed until combined before adding the next half.
  • Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the vanilla essence. Beat for a further minute until the frosting is fluffy.



Let the Cream Cheese Frosting rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before using. This will let it thicken after being whipped.


Calories: 1048kcalCarbohydrates: 184gProtein: 6gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 322mgPotassium: 137mgSugar: 180gVitamin A: 1333IUCalcium: 97mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 4th of April 2021

Can this sit in fridge over night?


Friday 16th of April 2021

Yup, just rewhip it before you use it 😊


Saturday 16th of January 2021

We the cream cheese frosting cover 2 9”3 pans n piping. ? I mean will haha sorry .. sound great .


Monday 30th of November 2020

Loved it!! Delicious & easy!!

Minella fernandes

Friday 27th of November 2020

Hi carina I just wanted to knw if powdered shi carina is powdered sugar n icing sugar the same u have to take granulated sugar and make a powder or do h use icing sugar?

Minella fernandes

Friday 27th of November 2020

Hi hi