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Chef John's Cream Cheese Frosting

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars
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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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Ingredients

15 m servings 139
Original recipe yields 12 servings (2 cups)

Directions

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  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.

Footnotes

  • 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; 7.1 18.6 0.8 21 55 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Very tasty and creamy frosting. I'd probably use half the sugar next time, or twice the cream cheese. As written I only got about a cup so double the recipe for a 9" round 2-layer cake.

Most helpful critical review

Not my favourite. I'm still looking for a good recipe.

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Very tasty and creamy frosting. I'd probably use half the sugar next time, or twice the cream cheese. As written I only got about a cup so double the recipe for a 9" round 2-layer cake.

This Cream Cheese Frosting is verry yummy! I have been making various cream cheese desserts for years now and this is the first one I have found that can be used on any type of dessert, like car...

Very good frosting that can be used on different cakes because its so basic & simple. I doubled the recipe and adjusted the sugar to taste for my Lemon Cupcakes, therefore I did not add the opti...

Absolutely wonderful! This recipe I would recommend to my friends. I only thing I did was adjust the sweetness of it, thanks Chef John

This comes out great and exactly like the video ones. I did everything accordingly. But personally i feel that it is a little too sweet for me. Can lesser the icing sugar to a cup.

excellent! I did use Madagascar Bourbon vanilla paste which measures the same as vanilla extract and the lemon juice. Very nice consistency but you must beat on high for three minutes to get tha...

This is so delicious I can't say enough. I made this recipe with the lemon juice the first time and the second time I used fresh juice from an orange. It is so good.

very very good exactly what I was looking for perfect blend of sweetness and cream cheese will definitely make again

I followed exactly the recipe and its the yummiest cream cheese frosting ! Chef John gives the best recipes!