This simple Cream Cheese Frosting is perfect for cakes, garnishing cheesecakes or just eating with a spoon. Just kidding... maybe. It's rich and creamy... and easy to make with just 4 staple ingredients.
I realized recently that I had this cream cheese frosting as a garnish on a few of the Instant Pot Cheesecakes that I'd shared but didn't have the recipe on all of them.
It is also great as filling for macarons so it really deserves it's own post!
I have to tell you - this is my most favorite frosting of all time. My favorite combination is to eat it on this chocolate cake, but I swear, I will spoon it on top of just about anything and gobble it up!
Here are just a few of the other recipes where I use this frosting:
Desserts with Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Red Velvet Cake
- Strawberry Cake
- Homemade Black Forest Cake
- Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake
- Instant Pot Cranberry Orange Cheesecake
- Instant Pot Pumpkin Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
- Chocolate Macarons
This recipe makes a small batch of frosting which is great for garnishing Instant Pot Cheesecakes. But I highly recommend doubling it to frost or decorate a whole cake.
I use my Bosch mixer for 99% of my baking adventures these days but I just happened to have my 18-year-old Kitchenaid out for another project so I used it to make the cream cheese frosting today.
And it worked great. I have these scraper paddles (that I've had for years) and I love doing frosting with those so I don't have to scrape down the bowl a dozen times.
Then I scooped it into a frosting bag and used it to fill some Dark Chocolate Maracons. This was my first attempt at this recipe - the texture wasn't quite right but they did look pretty:
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This simple cream cheese frosting is perfect for cakes, garnishing cheesecakes or just eating with a spoon. Just kidding... maybe. It's rich and creamy... and easy to make with just 4 staple ingredients.
cream cheese frosting
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese (softened)
- 1 stick butter, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 – 4 cups confectioners sugar
Cream the cream cheese and butter together until completely smooth and creamy (no lumps!).
Add in the vanilla and mix again. Then gradually add the confectioners sugar until you get a consistency you like for piping or spreading.
Refrigerate if not using immediately.
- Prep Time: 10
- Category: Dessert
Keywords: cream cheese, frosting, buttercream, cream cheese frosting, cream cheese buttercream