Chef John's Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is the frosting I use on delicious red velvet cupcakes. Is this the easiest recipe I've ever done? Maybe!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 cups

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Place butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and lemon juice into the work bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; beat mixture on medium speed until smooth.

  2. Scrape down the attachment and sides of bowl; add confectioners' sugar to butter mixture. Mix at low speed until confectioners' sugar begins to incorporate into butter mixture. Raise mixer speed to high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, scraping sides occasionally, about 3 minutes. Frosting will set up and become firmer when refrigerated.

Cook's Notes:

Start with 1 cup confectioners' sugar and add more to taste, up to 3 cups. Double recipe if you like a thicker layer of frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

139 Calories
7g Fat
19g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 139
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 14mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.