Cream Cheese Frosting


This is the best cream cheese frosting. It's deliciously smooth and great to use on all of your favorite baked goods — like pumpkin bread, carrot cake, or chocolate cake. It's even perfect on top of sugar cookies or sandwiched between red velvet cookies!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
3 cups


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar


  1. Beat cream cheese and softened butter in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. Mix in vanilla.

  2. Gradually add sugar, beating after each addition until incorporated. Continue to beat until frosting is very smooth.

  3. Store in the refrigerator after use.


For a chocolate version, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup cocoa, depending on how rich you want it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

140 Calories
10g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 140
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 24mg 1%

* 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.

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