How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Learn how to make cream cheese frosting with this quick and easy recipe. This cream cheese icing recipe is classic that goes so well with Carrot, Red Velvet, Chocolate cake and more. Homemade cream cheese frosting is so easy to make, and is a classic you just have to learn.

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Everyone has their favorite treats when it comes to the classics. And a good old basic Cream Cheese Frosting is certainly at the top of my list. I mean being honest, cream cheese is good in just about anything.

This cream cheese icing recipe is no different. With just a few ingredients you will have a delicious topping for just about any dessert.

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Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Kelsey Woods


This homemade cream cheese frosting is so easy to make and pairs perfectly with an array of cakes + cookies.


  • 16 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar


Add cream cheese, butter + vanilla extract and beat together with a mixer until well blended. Add powdered sugar gradually,  a 1/2 cup at a time, and continue to beat until well mixed.

powdered sugar

homemade cream cheese frosting

What to Pair With Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s an easy staple and a must-have recipe you should know how to master if you’re going to make some of the truly classic desserts like Red Velvet CakeCarrot Cake or those little meltaway Thumbprint Cookies at the holidays. On each of these treats you’ll find this tangy treat to top them off and balance their sugary sweetness.

There really is just something about the balance of the flavors with the sourness of the cream cheese and the sweet elements of the cake that provides a really deep flavor profile. I think this particular frosting is one that’s an acquired taste for children, one that perhaps isn’t an instant hit but that becomes so slowly over the years.

cream cheese icing and carrot cake

You can always mix up this classic a tad too by adding a drizzle of maple syrup or a swig of bourbon. This even furthers the depth of this tasty treat. Hope you’ll give this go-to cream cheese frosting recipe a try.  I’d love to know what else other desserts you use your Cream Cheese Frosting on! #HEIRLOOMED


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