Cream cheese frosting that comes out perfect every time and is great on top of cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls!
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Below you will find tips, tricks and helpful hints for making this recipe including step by step instructions with pictures. If you would like to go directly to the recipe, scroll down to the recipe card.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
I have always had a love/hate relationship with Cream Cheese Frosting.
I love the way that the tanginess of the frosting compliments sweet treats like cinnamon rolls and cookies.
But, I don’t like that whenever I would make it, I could never get it to not be runny.
How to make Cream Cheese Frosting that isn’t Runny
I did a lot of research to figure what was causing my my frosting to be runny and I picked up a few tips:
- Use room temperature ingredients
- Don’t over beat the cream cheese
- Use equal amounts of butter and cream cheese
Do you have to refrigerate cream cheese frosting?
You should refrigerate cream cheese frosting. It can be left at a cool room temperature for about 8 hours but must be refrigerated after that.
Just make sure to remove the frosting from the refrigerator about 30 minutes to 1 hour before you need it, to allow it to come to room temperature.
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.
Softened Butter– You can use either salted or unsalted butter to make this frosting.
Softened Cream Cheese- For the best results, use full fat cream cheese.
Powdered Sugar– This is a standard ingredient to make frosting and will give the frosting it’s structure.
Vanilla Extract- Vanilla will enhance the sweetness of the cream cheese frosting.
Milk or Heavy Cream- This is used to thin out the frosting if it is too thick.
How to Make Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting
 Begin by placing the softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. (I like Kitchenaid or Bosch)
 Whip the butter for 1-2 minutes.
 Add the softened cream cheese to the bowl and beat for another minute.
 Mix in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating in between.
 Add the vanilla extract then whip the frosting for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
 If your frosting is too thick, add milk or cream 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
 Serve with your favorite baked goods like cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, cakes, and cookies!
Monday 12th of April 2021
How many layers can I decorate with this?
Saturday 23rd of January 2021
I only have salted butter , is that fine to use ?
Thursday 22nd of October 2020
Can I use this for decorating a cake with colors?? Will it work?
Thursday 22nd of October 2020
I have colored the frosting before and it works. Just make sure you keep the cake refrigerated after it’s decorated.
Sunday 22nd of December 2019
When do you put in the milk?
Monday 23rd of December 2019
At the end, if your frosting is too thick, add the milk or cream 1 tablespoon at a time until your desired consistency is reached.