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A delicious Easy Cream Cheese Frosting recipe that is perfect on cakes. I love it for my banana cake, a carrot cake or red velvet cakes.

This basic Cream cheese frosting has a richer but less sweet taste than buttercream. Because it is less sweet flavors in the cakes really stand out.

I especially love that this frosting recipe just takes a few ingredients to make which makes it so easy! I have used it for years.

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

Why This Recipe

This Quick Cream Cheese Frosting recipe has been my go-to recipe for years. It is made up of just a handful of ingredients and is perfect on cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts.

Cream cheese icing adds a rich texture and flavor and requires less butter than buttercream. This recipe also works for chocolate cream cheese frosting too.

This is easily made in your stand or hand mixer and is ready to go in about 5 minutes. 

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


Ingredients For Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting ingredients

As I mentioned, Cream Cheese Frosting just requires a few ingredients.

Cream cheese – You will want to use cold cream cheese to make the frosting. Do not leave it out to soften before using

Butter –  Use real butter for best results

Powdered Sugar – I have had good results with both name-brand and generic powdered sugar.

Vanilla Extract – although it is not pictured, I do add a little vanilla.

Milk –  You only need to add milk if you decide not to use the Vanilla extract and want a whiter frosting. 


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Simple Cream Cheese Frosting

A delicious Easy Cream Cheese Frosting recipe that is perfect on cakes. I love it for my banana cake, a carrot cake or red velvet cakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Beverage
Keyword cream cheese, cupcake, frosting, icing, topping
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 243kcal


  • 2 8 oz boxes of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar


  • In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese on low speed.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and milk.
  • Add vanilla extract.
  • Whip until fully combined light and fluffy (4-5 mins)
  • For a lighter color frosting omit the vanilla extract and add a little more milk.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg


How to Make Simple Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream together butter and cream cheese Slowly add powdered sugar and vanilla
  2. Whip until fully combined light and fluffy (4-5 mins)
  3. For a lighter color frosting omit the vanilla extract and add


How to make Cream Cheese Frosting 


Timesaving Tips to make this perfect every time

  • Although not necessary, sifting the powdered sugar before mixing will make the icing a bit smoother. 
  • Do not overbeat the frosting or it will get too stiff.
  • You can make this shrimp and put it in corn tortillas for a second dinner idea. 


Can I make The cream cheese icing ahead of time?

Yes, you can make it a day or two ahead of time by keeping it in the refrigerator. Soften it and stir until smooth when ready to use. 

Can I add Flavoring to Cream Cheese frosting?

Absolutely! You can add lemon extract or almond extract to the frosting.

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Simple Cream Cheese Frosting

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Recipe Rating


Monday 10th of May 2021

My mind is blown that there is butter in cream cheese frosting. It makes me want it even more!


Monday 10th of May 2021

It is a delicious frosting without being as sweet as buttercream!

Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting -

Monday 10th of May 2021

[…] Honestly, you could enjoy it as is at this point, as it is flavorful enough without frosting. But it is even better with a cream cheese frosting, so why not? You can find the cream cheese frosting recipe here.  […]