A fluffy cream cheese frosting that’s so good, it’ll become your go to topping for your favorite cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or cinnamon buns. Simple ingredients, simple preparation, and simply delicious.
Ten minutes? I bet you’re scanning the internet and see 5 minute frostings. Sometimes, quicker doesn’t mean better. I can absolutely give you many examples of that but since this is a food blog, let’s stick to food.
Ok folks, we don’t need fifty pictures for this post right? I know you know what butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla look like right? Ok, then let’s move on.
The trick to this particular frosting is in the preparation. It takes 10 minutes to achieve it’s fluffy soft deliciousness and 10 minutes means 10 minutes. Beating it for that long not only changes the texture, it also changes the color into a beautiful cream.
Unless you have patience and arms of steel, I highly recommend a stand mixer for this one. Just put the butter and cream cheese into the bowl and beat it for 5 minutes on medium high. Add the sugar, milk, and vanilla, then beat it for 5 minutes more. You’ll see the beautiful texture change before your eyes.
This is enough frosting to give a nice thick topping to a 9 x 13 sheet cake or to frost a 9” two layer cake. You may think that using 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar or powdered sugar is a lot and would make this unbearably sweet. Well I don’t like overly sweet frostings and I feel this amount is just right. If you are doubtful, start with 3 cups. Again, I feel the 10 minute beating is the reason. I hope I don’t get flagged by Google for the phrase 10 minute beating.
You don’t need me to tell you what to spread it on. Use your imagination and have some fun with it. If you do need some inspiration, I suggest making my ultimate chocolate sheet cake and frost with cream cheese frosting instead of the icing. This is used for frosting my banana bundt cake but rum is used instead of vanilla.
Keep it in the fridge if it’s hot in your house as it will soften. When you’re ready to frost, you may need to beat it to soften it up to spreading consistency again. I’ve kept frosted cakes out for hours and even overnight and we are all still alive and breathing. Common sense is assumed here at thegeneticchef.com. I have way too much respect for you to think you don’t have any.
Spread the love and spread it with this fluffy delicious cream cheese frosting. Enjoy.
Life is too short for mediocre food.
10 Minute Fluffy Cream Cheese FrostingPRINT PIN SAVESaved!
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla*
- pinch of salt optional, but recommended
- Add the butter and cream cheese into bowl of standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Beat butter and cream cheese for 5 minutes on medium high.
- Stop the mixer and add remaining ingredients.
- Beat for 5 more minutes on medium high.
- Spread on your favorite cake, cupcake, cookies, or cinnamon buns.