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Cream Cheese Frosting

Smooth, creamy, and flavorful cream cheese frosting made from cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Allow ingredients to get to room temperature 1 hour
Total Time 49 minutes
Servings 2 -3 cups
Calories 202kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 package (8 ounces) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature (do not use low fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or use 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional, but heightens the flavor
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Using hand mixers, cream together the room temperature butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed until completely smooth. 
  • Mix in vanilla extract, sea salt and cinnamon. With mixer running on low speed, slowly add powdered sugar and beat until well blended and smooth. Add powdered sugar to preference (see post -- less sugar will leave you with a tangier, less sweet, and harder to spread frosting; more sugar will yield a thicker, easier to frost, sweeter, and less tangy frosting)
  • Chill the frosting for 15-25 minutes before frosting cake/cupcakes/cookies (optional; I find it easier to work with) OR store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use (if this is more than a few hours, it will need to sit out at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before frosting).

Notes

This frosting will generously frost a 2 layer cake and depending on how much frosting you use, will frost around 20 cupcakes and 26 cookies. For "sky high" amount of frosting on cupcakes (as pictured in post) -- this recipe will cover about 10 cupcakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal