Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

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.

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Cream cheese frosting

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


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


  • 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


  • 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.


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
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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.


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

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.

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

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