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cupcake being frosted with cream cheese frosting

The BEST Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting is a simple frosting recipe perfect for cakes, for cookies, or for cupcakes! It goes great on red velvet, carrot cake cupcakes or any flavor you love!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese, frosting
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 250kcal
Author Dorothy Kern


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Slowly add in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  • Frosting option: use a 1M tip for a beautiful cupcake. Will frost about 12 cupcakes (more if you use a knife with a light amount of frosting).
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.



Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.1mg