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  • 1 Stick, Room Temperature Butter
  • 8 Ounces, Room Temperature Cream Cheese
  • 1 Pound Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts

Cream Cheese Frosting

Grandma's recipe for the classic frosting

10 Minutes

Serves: N/A


A vintage and super easy recipe for the classic cream cheese frosting that is perfect for any cake or sweet treat!

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

This Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is so easy and so delicious. It’s perfect for any sheet cake, cupcake or round cake. And of course, it really shines on Grandma’s Carrot Cake or Bingo Bars. The biggest challenges to this recipe are remembering to soften the butter and cream cheese and not getting the powdered sugar all over your kitchen. Just set the butter and cream cheese out for about an hour or so before you plan to bake and you should be good there. And then, when incorporating the sugar, just start very slow and gradually increase the speed of your mixer.

Grandma’s recipe does call for 1/4 cup of chopped nuts but, of course, that’s optional. If you are planning to add chopped nuts though, consider toasting them first as that adds to much flavor! This recipe is just a good with out the nuts though so you can omit them altogether.

The next time you need Cream Cheese Frosting, give this recipe a try! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below or see a pic of your creation on Instagram (@BDHBakes).

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


  • Start with Room Temperature Butter and Cream Cheese 

    About an hour before you plan on making the frosting, place the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to come to room temp.

    Cream Cheese Frosting Butter and Cream Cheese
  • Whip the Cream Cheese and Butter 

    Once both the cream cheese and butter are room temperature, whip them together until they are very smooth and creamy. You can do this with a hand mixer or the whisk attachment on your stand mixer. Mix for about 4-5 minutes.

    Cream Cheese Frosting Whipped Butter and Cream Cheese
  • Add Powdered Sugar 

    Add the powdered sugar and starting on very low, begin to mix it into the cream cheese and butter mixture. Do not try to rush it - go slow and gradually increase the speed to medium and mix together until all the powdered sugar is incorporated.

    Cream Cheese Frosting Add Powdered Sugar
    Cream Cheese Frosting Mixed
  • Add Vanilla 

    Add the vanilla and mix again. At this point, I usually turn up the mixer to high and mix for several minutes to really get it all incorporated and smooth.

    Cream Cheese Frosting Mix In Vanilla
  • Add Nuts (Optional) 

    If you're adding nuts, now's the time to add them and mix on low for about 30 seconds, just to evenly distribute.

    Cream Cheese Frosting Add Nuts



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