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

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Max Servings:
12
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Ingredients

Directions

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

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Nutrition Facts

304.08 calories; 1.49 g protein; 40.35 g carbohydrates; 0 g dietary-fiber; 39.21 g sugars; 14.22 g fat; 8.97 g saturated-fat; 40.87 mg cholesterol; 487.62 IU vitamin-a-iu; 0.24 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.01 mg vitamin-b6; 0 mg vitamin-c; 2.71 mcg folate; 17.6 mg calcium; 0.24 mg iron; 1.31 mg magnesium; 25.41 mg potassium; 110.2 mg sodium; 0 mg thiamin; 127.99 calories-from-fat; 51 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 41 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 1 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 25 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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Most helpful positive review

AMCKELLER
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.
(31)

Most helpful critical review

naples34102
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!
(20)
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JWITHEY
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.
(54)
AMCKELLER
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.
(31)
naples34102
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!
(20)
katie
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!
(19)
SHIRLEY FUJIMOTO
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!
(15)
Anonymous
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.
(10)
VAWineaux
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!
(8)
Anonymous
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.
(6)
Anonymous
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.
(6)