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Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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5 from 5 votes

Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting is our preferred frosting for cakes and cupcakes for one important reason: it has just the right amount of sweet and tart, for the perfectly balanced frosting.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Frosting
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Jillian Morris



  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter and beat on high speed until creamy and well blended.
  • Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and beat on low until until completely incorporated - about 3 minutes, then beat on high for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • You can use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, or a hand blender to make this frosting.
  • If the frosting isn't stiff enough for you, add an additional 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar.
  • This recipe is enough frosting for 12-15 cupcakes or one cake.