Cream Cheese Frosting

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This frosting is nicely balanced between tangy and sweet, and spreads beautifully. It's the perfect complement for gingerbread, carrot cake, or pumpkin cake. A little chopped candied ginger on top dresses things up nicely.

Our guarantee: This is a spreadable frosting, quick to make and well balanced between sweet and tangy.

Cream Cheese Frosting

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Yield: 3 cups
Published: 01/01/2010


  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup minced candied ginger (optional)
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk, to make frosting spreadable


1) Combine the butter, the cream cheese and the vanilla in a medium sized bowl, and beat them together until they are light and fluffy.

2) Add the sugar gradually, beating well.

3) Stir in the nuts and/or ginger if desired.

4) Add the milk a little at a time, until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: about 3 tbsp (35g) Servings Per Batch: 22 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140 Calories from Fat: 60 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 55mg Total Carbohydrate: 19g Dietary Fiber: 0g Sugars: 19g Protein: 1g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.


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  • star rating 10/03/2013
  • Audree from KAF Community
  • Delicious! Perfect for my red velvet cake. I used a little less than 3 1/2 cups of sugar because I was looking for more of a tangy taste than overly sweet. I wonder if there's a way to make this lighter and fluffier though instead of so dense.
  • star rating 09/05/2012
  • edouville from KAF Community
  • I used appx 3 1/2 cups p.sugar as my husband thought it needed a little more sweetness but I thought 3 was decent. Will definitely make again- no more cheating with store bought- much more flavor and very easy to make
  • star rating 12/17/2011
  • bake4Pnut from KAF Community
  • I made this frosting tonight for the Red Velvet cupcakes - left out the ginger and the nuts, and used vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. Beautiful consistency - it turned out soooo good! What a yummy combination!
  • star rating 04/09/2011
  • shannon9585 from KAF Community
  • This frosting came out really good and it will probably my go-to one for cream cheese frosting. The proportion of cream cheese to butter was perfect. I used about 3 cups of powdered sugar and it was a tad on the sweet side for me. Next time I'll cut down a little. This was excellent on homemade banana cake!
  • star rating 04/03/2010
  • JJackson from Delaware
  • Amazing! And so good on that Red Velvet Cake.
  • star rating 12/30/2009
  • Emery from Doylestown
  • This is an excellent recipe and works well on a variety of items, including cinnamon buns. I used this for the first time to top my cinnamon buns and they went in less than 1 hour (4 people 12 large buns). Enjoy
  • star rating 09/23/2009
  • Supriya from New York, NY
  • This frosting is super easy (I'm a novice, and a lazy one to boot!), and with a few tweaks I got the tangy/sweet balance to work. I used 3 slightly-less-than level cups of confectioners' sugar, and then added a 1/4 cup of reduced fat sour cream because I wanted some extra tang.
  • star rating 03/31/2009
  • Jaz from Denver
  • This is the best cream cheese frosting I've ever had. I make it at least weekly, and it has never failed to make me swoon.
  • star rating 02/23/2009
  • Karen from Seattle, WA
  • This recipe is delicious! I have topped by spice cupcakes with it today and it's a good match. One quick question for you: since the frosting includes dairy products, should I assume these cupcakes need to be refrigerated? Thanks! Your recipes never fail to let me down!
  • star rating 12/05/2008
  • Bobby Chuck from St Louis
  • This is a really good frosting, your products and recipes have never disappointed me,
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