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Cream Cheese Frosting

An all-purpose cream cheese frosting that isn't over the top sweet.  It's smooth, creamy, and spreadable. Perfect for cakes, breads, and muffins.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Course Dessert


  • 16 oz cream cheese softened (2 blocks) see note
  • 8 tablespoon butter softened (1 stick)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • With a hand-mixer or a stand-mixer beat softened cream cheese with softened butter until it starts to whip up into a lighter mixture. About 3-5 minutes.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar, then vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth.


The cream cheese must be completely softened to prevent lumps. 
The frosting can be used right away or it can be refrigerated. If it's chilled, it will stiffen a bit. Bringing it more to room temperature will soften it. 
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