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Delicious Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Updated on February 22, 2018

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4.6 stars from 8 ratings of this Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe will teach you how to make a smooth cream cheese frosting for your cakes, cupcakes and other desserts. This recipe goes well with vanilla cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes, and much more!

Below are instructions to make a simple cream cheese frosting and also give you suggestions to add an orange zest or lime juice.


Be sure to wait until the cake has cooled before adding any frosting. A hot or warm cake could ruin a great dessert.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Frosting for 12 cupcakes or 1 cake


  • 2/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup orange zest, (optional with orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, (optional with orange zest)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice, (optional)


  1. Put the cream cheese and vanilla into a large bowl.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended.
  3. Add the powdered sugar and optional ingredients (if any).
  4. Add food coloring if desired and blend.
  5. Place in the refrigerator to cool unless needed immediately.
  6. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cupcakes or cake when cooled.


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      angela p 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I am so hungry for a cupcake now! These look so good. I am bookmarking your recipe. I have a birthday to prepare for on Monday for my 4 year old daughter and will need this to make great cupcakes. Thanks for sharing.. they all look so gooooood.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      BrittanyTodd: Mmmm-mmmm scrumptious with orange zest and slathered on top of your vanilla cupcakes!

      Voted up, etc.,


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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you!

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Rated up, useful, and awesome. Great instructions and love the picture. What's better than cream cheese frosting, I'd like to know! :)

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      Cresentmoon2007 6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      I love cream cheese frosting. Thank you for sharing.