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The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

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This Best Cream Cheese Frosting recipe has been in my family for over 50 years. It’s super creamy, lightly rich, and has a great balance of flavors. We’ve made it for hundreds of people and they always remark on how amazing it is.

I was about to call this, ‘The Best Frosting’… until I tasted some frosting my neighbor made. She gave me the recipe and said I could add it, so I added her Vanilla Bean Frosting here. Although these recipes are both crazy good, this is the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting I’ve ever tasted.

It only takes 5 minutes to make! And the ingredients are usually those that people have on hand.

I love to use this frosting recipe for cakes, cupcakes, graham crackers, and as filling for sandwich cookies. Before frosting, make sure the cake/cookies are completely cooled. Also, this frosting stays pretty soft so if you need it to hold shape after you’ve frosted the cake, cupcakes, etc. put the dessert(s) in the fridge and make sure they are cool and/or omit the milk. OR just make this frosting found here as it holds its shape better.

Ingredients

1/2 C salted butter
1 8oz Cream cheese or Neufchatel cream cheese
1 tsp Vanilla extract (I use Mexican extract because it is better)
1/4 C Milk
4 1/2 C confectioners/Powdered sugar

Makes enough for 1 large cake or 24 cupcakes

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Instructions

First, soften the butter and unwrapped-cream cheese in the microwave.

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Next, add all of the ingredients and only 1 C powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix on low speed adding the rest of the powdered sugar slowly until it is all added. Mix on high for 1-2 minutes until the frosting is smooth.

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Taste Test.

Depending on your preferences you may want to add more milk, cream cheese, or powdered sugar. My mom taught me that I had reached the perfect consistency when one flavor doesn’t overpower another. These measurements should get you there, but if it’s slightly off, change it a bit.

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Finally, enjoy the best cream cheese frosting you’ll probably ever try!

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 1 large cake or 14 cupcakes
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Cream Cheese Frosting recipe has been in my family for over 50 years. It's super creamy, lightly rich, and has a great balance of flavors. We've made it for hundreds of people and they always remark on how amazing it is.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C salted butter
  • 1 8oz Cream cheese or Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract (I use Mexican extract because it is better)
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 4 1/2 C confectioners/Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. First, soften the butter and unwrapped-cream cheese in the microwave.
  2. Next, add all of the ingredients and only 1 C powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix on low speed adding the rest of the powdered sugar slowly until it is all added. Mix on high for 1-2 minutes until the frosting is smooth.
  3. Taste Test.
  4. Depending on your preferences you may want to add more milk, cream cheese, or powdered sugar. My mom taught me that I had reached the perfect consistency when one flavor doesn’t overpower another. These measurements should get you there, but if it's slightly off, change it a bit.
  5. Finally, enjoy the best cream cheese frosting you’ll probably ever try!

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The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

This Cream Cheese Frosting recipe has been in my the family for over 50 years. It’s super creamy, lightly rich, and has a great balance of flavors. We’ve made it for hundreds of people and they always remark on how amazing it is. #creamcheesefrosting #frosting

This Cream Cheese Frosting recipe has been in my the family for over 50 years. It’s super creamy, lightly rich, and has a great balance of flavors. We’ve made it for hundreds of people and they always remark on how amazing it is. #creamcheesefrosting #frosting

 

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Alyssa Rose

Monday 12th of September 2016

I have tried a few different recipes for cream cheese frosting and this is definitely the best! the milk makes such a difference I used this recipe as a filling for my homeade Oreo cookies. amazing! oh and if the frosting needs to hold a bit of shape.. refrigerate :) thank you!

Anita Fowler

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

You're welcome! I'm so glad you liked it.

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DeAnn

Friday 16th of January 2015

Does this have to be refrigerated??

Anita Fowler

Friday 16th of January 2015

Sometimes my family does, sometimes we'll leave the cake out overnight and its fine. I'd recommend refrigerating if you are leaving it out for hours at a time, but so far we've had great success in doing either one.

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