Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting. This frosting has all of the tangy flavor that you expect, but not with all of the sweetness found in traditional cream cheese frosting. It has a light and fluffy texture that is sturdy enough for piping. It’s a simple recipe that you’ll use again and again.
Last week one of my sons teachers asked if I could make some cupcakes for a class event, of course I said yes, sadly I’m one of the only parents that ever says yes. I don’t usually mind, I enjoy helping out, but this was a really bad week for me to be adding anything to my schedule.
So, to make things a little easier on my self, I decided to just buy the cupcakes from the bakery and be done with it. However, when I saw what they were charging that was no longer an option. I was back to square one, making them myself.
Usually when I bake, I do it from scratch, it’s how my grandma did it and it’s how I like to do it. However, there are occasions when baking from a box is all I have time for and this was one of those occasions.
To get started, I purchased enough cake mix and frosting for 60 cupcakes, enlisted the help of the kids and got to work. We baked them up and got them ready for frosting in record time, thank goodness. However, things kinda’ came to a halt when they were ready to be frosted. I had bought some pre-made frosting, thinking that it would be easiest, but after tasting it, I remembered why I don’t use it. It was way to sweet and it left a funny coating in your mouth. I just couldn’t use it.
Luckily I had everything that I needed to make my Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting, I like to keep the ingredients on hand for spiced apple pancakes and carrot cake, two of my families favorites. I can’t believe I didn’t think to make this in the first place, it’s simple, and my kids are addicted to the stuff, I know it’ll to be a hit. Best part about it is that it’s not to sweet so there won’t be a bunch of kids bouncing off the walls, I know the teacher will appreciate that!
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-3½ cups confectioners sugar, sifted
- Using the whip attachment on your electric mixer, whip together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light & fluffy.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add the sugar, scraping the sides occasionally.
- Once the sugar is combined, increase the mixer speed to medium/high and continue whipping for 1-2 minutes.
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Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy says
Yummy! I bet it would taste great on red velvet cupcakes!!
I know it would, it’ tastes great on everything, even your fingers. 🙂
robin rue says
That sounds ah-mazing. I love frosting and buttercream frosting is the BEST! Now I need to make some cupcakes so I can try this.
It’s one of my favorites not just because it’s not to sweet, but I love how it holds up to decorating, most cream cheese frostings don’t.
Marcie in Mommyland says
Store bought frosting is not my favorite, either. This recipe sounds awesome! We’ve also used instant pudding as frosting on cake and I love it because it’s not too sweet.
What a great idea! I’ll have to try that in the future, I’m not much of a sweet frosting kinda’ gal.
Angela Tolsma says
I usually keep one box of mix just for occasions like this, otherwise I make it from scratch too. What did you put on top of the cupcakes? It looks really neat.
They are candied carrots! My kids love them and I thought that I’d throw something a little healthy on top.
I love buttercream frosting. I’ve made cream cheese buttercream frosting before too. It’s delirious. I love how easy it is to make.
It goes well with so many different things. My kids love it on pancakes and graham crackers, so we all ways have it available.
this sounds heavenly! I will have to try to make this next time I have a party! I have always used the store bought icing, but I bet this is much better!
Once you try it, you’ll never go back to the store bought kind again.
This is my all time favorite icing, unless it is my grammy’s sour cream icing. I love the way it holds a shape when piped on.
It’s mine too, it goes so well with so many different recipes.
Cream cheese frosting is pretty good. These pictures make it look almost too ceramy and good to be true!
You can’t go wrong with creamy!
I love carrot cake with soft cream cheese frosting! I don’t bake much though.
Several of my friends don’t bake, so they pay me to do it for them. I made a carrot cake for one of them last week.
I proper fancy cupcakes now, haha thank you:D And all I have in the house is a bit of chocolate so guess it’ll have to do;)
You can never go wrong with chocolate! 🙂
Journa Ramirez says
These cupcakes are mouth watering! Cream cheese is my favorite – you can never go wrong with it.. Craving right now
Cream cheese frosting is definitely the best!
I’ve made the exact frosting for my dad’s birthday cake last year and it’s amazing! I love the slight tang of the cream cheese and how creamy it is. Yum!
I love that it’s sturdy enough for decorating. So many cream cheese frosting’s don’t.
I was never a frosting fan until I tried a delicious buttercream frosting. It’s so good and I love that it’s not too heavy either. Yum!
I’m not usually a frosting fan either. I’m usually the one scrapping off of my cake, but this one I could eat right out of the bowl.
Cindy Ingalls says
Anytime I see a dessert that says cream cheese frosting, I’m all in. I really love the flavor it gives especially on carrot cake or a red velvet.
This is so yummy! I love a great frosting recipe that is versatile for several recipes. Pinning for later!
This looks amazing! I need to frost three dozen brownies tonight for a bake sale and this frosting is going to be perfect for them!
That’s a lot of brownies!
You had me sold a cream cheese frosting! Now I’m definitely going to have to try to make these for my family .
Everyone loves a good cream cheese frosting!
This looks so easy and delicious! My son’s birthday is next month. I will definitely try this frosting for his cupcakes!
My son just had a birthday and he had red velvet cupcakes with this cream cheese frosting – his favorite.
Elizabeth O. says
It sounds delightful. I love that it looks smooth and fluffy. I am definitely keeping this recipe, I could use it a lot! Thanks for sharing it with us.
oh so yummy cream cheese frosting is on of my favorites thanks for sharing the recipe
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I totally know what you mean about the texture on store bought icing. Hard to go wrong with homemade cream cheese icing. Always a crowd pleaser!!
Omg can we say yum?!?! This frosting looks absolutely delicious. I will definitely be giving your recipe a try!
It is OMG yum! If you’re going to try it, carrot cake is the way to go.
Yummy! This looks like a delicious recipe I will for sure be writing it down to try this summer.
Pamela Foester says
This weekend I will try this. Thanks for sharing.