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The Very Best Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the VERY Best Cream Cheese Frosting. Perfectly smooth, never stiff. Creamy and cream-cheesy, and excellent for piping and decorating. And it won’t melt and droop at room temperature!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese frosting
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 Based on enough to frost a cake to serve 16 people
Calories 323 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 1 1/2 lbs of powdered confectioners sugar about 6 cups
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening room temperature
  • 1 TB of milk
  • 1/2 TB vanilla

Cook That

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat powdered sugar on high speed for a few seconds to break up lumps.
  2. Add the room temperature cream cheese, butter, and shortening. Beat on low, gradually increasing speed. Continue to beat, scraping the sides, on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  3. Beat in the milk and vanilla and increase speed and beat for another 1 to 2 minutes until desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes enough to GENEROUSLY frost 12 - 16 cupcakes, or a layered 8 or 9 inch cake.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving (See Recipe Notes))
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 19mg1%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Sugar 42g47%
Vitamin A 370IU7%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.