Cream Cheese Frosting

Essential Technique

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    750 g

    , enough to fill and cover a 2-layer 23cm cake
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Bake!: Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking

By Nick Malgieri

Published 2010

  • About

Traditional with carrot cake or another spiced layer cake, cream cheese frosting is also perfect on cupcakes. Both the cream cheese and butter should be only slightly softened; let your mixer complete the softening while beating in some air to lighten the frosting and give it a more appealing texture.


  • 340 g cream cheese, slightly softened
  • 85 g unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 340


  1. Put the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat with the paddle on medium speed until completely mixed, about 3 minutes, stopping and scraping the bowl and beater several times.
  2. Decrease the speed to low and add the icing sugar one third at a time, beating until absorbed after each addition. After the last addition, the frosting might