Cream Cheese Frosting and Variations

cream cheese frosting
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Enough for 2 Layers (serves 24)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
146 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Enough for 2 Layers (serves 24)
Amount per serving
Calories 146
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This flavorful cream cheese frosting makes enough for a large rectangle or two layer cake. 

This recipe is made with vanilla as the flavoring, but there are many more flavors and possible additions. Take a look at the variations for more.

The amount of confectioners' sugar you add depends on whether you will be spreading or piping the frosting. Use a bit less for spreading and more to make a stiffer frosting for piping. If your frosting turns out too stiff, thin it with a small amount of milk or cream.


  • 1 (8 tablespoons) stick butter (softened)
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 1/2-4 cups confectioners' sugar (about 1 pound, sifted)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract​

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until fluffy.

  2. With the electric mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a little at a time; continue beating until well blended. Beat on high speed until very smooth and creamy.

  3. The recipe makes enough cream cheese frosting for a 2-layer cake.


  • Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: Blend 1/2 cup of sifted unsweetened cocoa into the powdered sugar.Add to the cream cheese mixture.

  • Peppermint: Add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Decorate the frosting with crushed peppermint candies, if desired.

  • Maple: Add a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup or add maple extract, to taste.

  • Lemon: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon extract.