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Small glass bowl containing cream cheese frosting piped in a swirl with a star tip.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Learn all the best tips and tricks to make deliciously tangy cream cheese frosting that is thick, fluffy, and stable enough for piping!

Course: Dessert, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese buttercream, cream cheese frosting, cream cheese icing
Servings: 24
Calories: 198 kcal
  1. Place the butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium-low speed until smooth. 

  2. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, and add about half the powdered sugar.

  3. Stir in the powdered sugar until combined, then scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl again, and add the remaining powdered sugar and the salt.

  4. Stir together until combined, then turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and whip until the frosting is fluffy and stiff.  (Be careful not to over-whip the cream cheese frosting, or it could become runny.  As soon as the frosting looks stiff, turn off the mixer and use the frosting immediately.)

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Recipe Notes

Makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes, 1 triple-layer, 6-inch diameter cake, or 1 double-layer, 8-inch diameter cake.

Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.