Homemade Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

It only takes a few minutes, and it’s so easy to make. But boy does it make a difference! Go ahead put homemade cream cheese icing on your cake and take it to amazing.

Is cream cheese icing good for decorating?

Cream cheese icing has less sugar, which goes better with a cake that is sweet, like a carrot cake with raisins. It’s texture is perfect for decorating in any way you like, spreading or with a pastry bag to pipe the icing. The color is a tad darker than white icing, so it looks “vintage” for a more nostalgic feel. It is the preferred icing on carrot, banana and pumpkin cakes and cupcakes.

How much cream cheese icing do I need to frost a cake?

This recipe makes enough cream cheese icing to frost one single layer round cake, a 9×13 sheet cake or 12 cupcakes. If you are making a two-layer cake with icing in the center, please double the recipe.

Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Best cream cheese icing recipe

  • ½ c butter (room temperature)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 c icing sugar
  • 1 tsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Using a handheld or upright mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium.

  2. Add the icing sugar, cream and vanilla and beat on low until the sugar is incorporated, then beat on high until the icing is fluffy, about 3 minutes.

  3. Spread on cake or cupcakes as desired.

  4. Refrigerate before serving.

We provide nutritional information but these figures should be considered estimates as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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