Rating: 4.67 stars
72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

A delicious twist on cream cheese frosting. This is great for decorating the Red Velvet Cake and would be excellent on Banana Cake!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 frosting for 2 layer cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and bourbon. Beat until creamy.

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Nutrition Facts

304 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 40.3g; fat 14.2g; cholesterol 40.9mg; sodium 110.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (59)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2004
I made the frosting frosted the cake and ate some within an hour. The bourbon was kind of overpowering and this is coming from someone who likes bourbon a lot. However by the next day it had mellowed and was really tasty. Next time I would either try adding less bourbon or making it the day before I was ready to frost the cake. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/22/2011
Disappointing if you're after the bourbon flavor, which of course I was. Because I'm very familiar with this classic cream cheese frosting, what happened with this is just what I expected, so I should have known better. If you're looking for a rather thin glaze, then 5 T. of bourbon might work just fine. However, if you want a nice, thick, spreadable *frosting,* then 5 T. of bourbon is at least 4 T. too much. I used 1 T., and found I still had to add extra powdered to make it stiffer. With only that 1 T. of bourbon, we were not able to taste it at all. Whether you use bourbon or any other liquid in this cream cheese frosting recipe, start out adding a little at a time - and certainly not 5 tablespoons! Read More
(21)
72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2004
I made the frosting frosted the cake and ate some within an hour. The bourbon was kind of overpowering and this is coming from someone who likes bourbon a lot. However by the next day it had mellowed and was really tasty. Next time I would either try adding less bourbon or making it the day before I was ready to frost the cake. Read More
(57)
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2006
This is great on carrot cake if you reduce the amount of bourbon. I had to reduce the bourbon to 2T b/c the bourbon was overpowering and the icing became too thin. The icing is still really thin w/ 2T but the taste more than compensates for the "thinning" look of the icing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/22/2011
Disappointing if you're after the bourbon flavor, which of course I was. Because I'm very familiar with this classic cream cheese frosting, what happened with this is just what I expected, so I should have known better. If you're looking for a rather thin glaze, then 5 T. of bourbon might work just fine. However, if you want a nice, thick, spreadable *frosting,* then 5 T. of bourbon is at least 4 T. too much. I used 1 T., and found I still had to add extra powdered to make it stiffer. With only that 1 T. of bourbon, we were not able to taste it at all. Whether you use bourbon or any other liquid in this cream cheese frosting recipe, start out adding a little at a time - and certainly not 5 tablespoons! Read More
(21)
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Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2007
Delicious frosting but don't let the bourbon fool you; it will taste strong when you make it but the next day you will hardly be able to taste it. Everyone loved it though! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2006
Love this used only 2 Tablespoons as other reviewers suggested -- also tried this recipe using Rum (2 tablespoons) YUM! Just tried the with 4 tablespoons of Cointreau with carrot cake sooooo good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2009
Delicious! I used the suggestions of other raters and substituted orange liqueur for the liquid... perfect for fall spice or carrot cakes. A keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
This recipe right here IS the business! I followed other reviewers advice and slapped this on the A-1 Banana Cake. The folks I made it for loved it and I snuck a taste off the spatula...heaven! BTW the bourbon isn't overwhelming so use the alloted amount. I can't thank Pooka enough....love you for this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2003
yummy frosting. it wasn't as stiff as I wanted it to be but tasted great. the bourbon flavor was perfect for me. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2009
Great base recipe. I would advise low simmering the bourbon in butter to heat off some of the alcohol taste. I've made twice now the second time when I was simmering butter and bourbon I added some light brown sugar to round the taste of the bourbon perfect. Read More
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