Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is a versatile frosting that can be used for so many different things! You can frost cupcakes, cookies, cakes and more with this deliciously creamy frosting. The best part about cream cheese frosting is that it tends to be less sweet than buttercream, but is also super easy to whip up. I like to use this cream cheese frosting for cupcakes that I am making for baby showers, birthday parties and more, because it holds its shape well when traveling to and from events. Keep this frosting refrigerated if not using immediately.

As an Amazon Associate I may earn from qualifying purchases. Follow along for more Amish and Mennonite recipes and feel free to leave a rating and comment in the comment section below!

Cream cheese frosting

marilynpeight
This easy cream cheese frosting comes together to make a smooth and creamy frosting for any cake, cupcake or even cookie!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 dozen cupcakes

Equipment

  • hand mixer (linked below)
  • Mixing bowl (linked below)
  • Sieve (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons whole milk *see note
  • 3-4 cups confectioner's sugar

Instructions
 

  • Using a hand mixer, cream softened butter and cream cheese together. Add vanilla, then mix again until smooth.
  • Using a sieve, sift confectioners sugar into the cream cheese mixture (1/2 cup at a time), mixing well after each addition. Add confectioner's sugar and a little milk (if needed) until you reach the desired consistency. Mix well to eliminate any lumps. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Notes

Add milk only a little at a time until the frosting is the desired consistency, you may not need the full amount shown for a stiffer frosting for cupcakes or cookies. 
Keyword Cream cheese, frosting, easy, creamy
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Equipment for this cream cheese frosting:

  • Hand mixer Using a hand mixer to whip up this cream cheese frosting makes the process a whole lot easier!
  • Mixing bowl You will need a mixing bowl for combining the cream cheese frosting in.
  • Sieve I like to use a large mesh sieve to sift the confectioner’s sugar in. Sifting the confectioner’s sugar helps to eliminate lumps and produces a smoother frosting. *see additional notes below.

Subscribe today and get free meal inspirations delivered to your doorstep!

How much cream cheese frosting does this recipe produce?

This amount of frosting is enough to cover roughly 2 dozen cupcakes or a 9 by 13 inch cake.

Why should the butter and cream cheese be at room temperature?

Be sure to have your butter and cream cheese room temperature for this cream cheese frosting. If either one is too stiff it will result in a lumpy frosting.

If you love to bake and love sweets in general, try Chunky m&m Cookies Grandmas Amish Recipe Collection, Chocolate Eclairs Gramma’s Amish recipe collection or Creamy Cheesecake Bites.

Step by step instructions:

  • Using a hand mixer, cream softened butter and cream cheese together. Add vanilla, then mix again until smooth.
  • Using a sieve, sift confectioners sugar into the cream cheese mixture (1/2 cup at a time), mixing well after each addition. Add confectioner’s sugar and a little milk (if needed) until you reach the desired consistency. Mix well to eliminate any lumps. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

How much milk do I need to add to get the frosting to the right consistency?

Honestly, this has been a bit of a trial and error issue for me with cream cheese frosting. I’ve recently discovered that it only takes a small amount of milk to get the cream cheese frosting nicely loosened up. It is easy to add too much milk and then you end up with a runny disaster, but be sure to only add a teeny bit (like a half teaspoon at a time) of milk at a time until the frosting reaches the consistency you desire.

Why is it necessary to sift the confectioner’s sugar before adding it to the cream cheese mixture?

Sifting the confectioner’s sugar before hand may seem like an unnecessary hassle, but it prevents those extra lumps from going into your frosting and results in a smoother, lump free frosting. Sifting the confectioner’s sugar is certainly worth it if you prefer your frosting to be nice and smooth!

Try this frosting on strawberry filled cupcakes or Texas vanilla sheet cake cupcakes!

Storage for this cream cheese frosting:

Cream cheese frosting needs to stay refrigerated and should not be at room temperature for more than two hours, whether on cupcakes, cakes and cookies or not. You can also freeze the frosting or frosted desserts for a month or two.

Vanilla Sheet Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Vanilla Sheet Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Feel free to pin for later and leave a rating of this recipe in the recipe card if you tried it out! Follow along on Instagram to show off a photo of your own creation of this recipe.

Privacy policy

2 thoughts on “Easy Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Pingback: Strawberry Filled Vanilla Cupcake Recipe – This Mom Cooks

  2. Pingback: Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes (No-Fail Recipe) – This Mom Cooks

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Scroll to Top