Cream Cheese Frosting Recipes

Cream cheese frosting adds the perfect touch to your sweet treat any time of year. Here are our best and easy cream cheese frosting recipes—from chocolate to bourbon!

Staff Picks

Tangy Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Great on Lemon Drops.

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!

Strawberry (Jam!) Cream Cheese Frosting

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This foolproof frosting keeps it simple. While very sweet, it's just the thing to balance the natural flavor of a homestyle scratch cake recipe. I used it the first time to lighten up a cake made with a heavy whole grain white flour. Uh-mazing!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

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A chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting with Brown Butter and Bourbon

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This frosting pairs perfectly with banana, carrot, and spice cakes. Browning the butter gives it a deep, nutty flavor. As with many buttercreams, you may need slightly more or less sugar to reach your desired consistency.

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

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Great frosting that has cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and whipped topping.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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This traditional, delicious cream cheese frosting has a maple syrup twist. This yielded enough for me to fill and lightly frost a 12 inch square cake.

Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

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This recipe delivers a basic cream cheese frosting using just butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla.
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Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting

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A decadent whipped cream and cream cheese frosting that has everyone asking if they can lick the bowl. It pipes very well.

Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting

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This is a YUMMY whipped cream frosting that is very stable and does not melt at room temperature unlike many standard whipped cream frostings. It also makes a GREAT dip for fresh fruit -- not too sweet, just right! This recipe is GREAT for a stand mixer but will work with any good mixer.

Cream Cheese Frosting II

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This is a wonderfully creamy frosting that goes well with pumpkin bread, carrot cake, chocolate cake, on cookies, or between cookies. If you want chocolate frosting, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup cocoa, according to how rich you want it.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Great flavor and so creamy. Great on Daffodil cake.

Inspiration and Ideas

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

"This frosting is delicious. Love the fresh orange juice and the zest. My friends adored this on chocolate cupcakes." – MrsFisher0729

Cream Cheese Frosting II

The best! Not too sweet, and it spreads beautifully. This is a generous recipe, more than enough to frost a 9" double layer cake." – Elizabeth Wohler Stowe

Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

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