The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

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There’s nothing like a delicious cream cheese frosting. Creamy, rich, decadent, with that tangy bite that really makes sweet treats sing. Forget buttercream; I use cream cheese frosting for almost every kind of pastry and this is the best cream cheese frosting recipe that you can find. From the obvious like German Chocolate Cake and Red Velvet Cake, to the not so obvious like sugar cookies and blondies, cream cheese frosting is SO yummy.

Thankfully, it couldn’t be easier to make. Just four ingredients and a little elbow grease (or a mixer), and you have the best frosting you’ll ever try.

Cream Cheese Frosting


Best Cream Cheese Frosting (makes enough for one single-layer cake; can be doubled)

  • 1/2 cup whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp turbinado sugar

First, whip the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. If you’re doing this by hand, it’ll take at least 10 minutes. Do yourself a favor and use an electric mixer.

Next, add the cream cheese. Whip it into the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

Add the vanilla and sugar and mix for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly combined.

Now you can use it to frost anything you’d like. It’ll keep in the refrigerator for a day or two, but it won’t last that long. Don’t feel like making a cake? This cream cheese frosting also tastes terrific as a dip for fresh fruit.

If you love cream cheese you might also want to try this amazing Cream Cheese Danish!

What is your favorite kind of frosting to make?


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  1. I’m pretty sure I would have to at least double this recipe as I would be eating it from the bowl! Thanks for this.

  2. This looks DANGEROUSly good! 🙂 thanks for linking up to the Monday Funday party!

  3. Oh I’m going to have to try this. I’m always looking for that perfect cream cheese frosting and mine is never quite right. This sounds lighter.

  4. This recipe sounds and looks scrumptious! Definitely saving and pinning! Thanks!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

  5. This sound so yummy! I’ll have to try it. I normally just whip the cream cheese and slowly add powdered sugar to keep it thick and creamy. Thanks for sharing, I found you via Lil’ Luna. I would love for you to visit my cleaning tips blog http://angsays.wordpress.com

    Have a wonderful day!

  6. Well you taught me something new today! I had never heard of turbinado sugar. (I actually had to google it to find out what it was). I love cream cheese frosting, so I will be giving this one a try! Thanks for sharing. Oh and I found you at the Modern Christian Homemakers Linky Party.

  7. I’m not generally a frosting person. I do, however, love a good cream cheese frosting. And I love anything with turbinado sugar! So, your frosting sounds totally delish! Stopping by from Pinworthy Projects link party. Btw, my fav frosting is my whipped buttercream (if you’d like to check it out, I’m at ihearteating.com). =)

  8. Hello! You were before me at the Tatertots and Jello link party, so I was told to visit you. Boy am I glad I did!

    I looove cream cheese frosting! I’ve only been blogging 2 1/2 months and I have 2 recipes with cream cheese frosting. I’ll give yours a try for sure!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Hi Sarah,
    Your Cream Cheese Frosting looks awesome, I can see why it is The Best! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I am disappointed that there’s nothing but Cream Cheese Frosting. I searched twice for Butter Cream Frosting and both came back with this Cream Cheese Frosting only as it’s the one you prefer. Why bother listing Butter Cream Frosting?!

  11. When you say whipped cream cheese, are you using the expensive kind in the tub, or are you whipping the block cream cheese yourself?