Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Cream Cheese Frosting is my favorite way to top a cake or cupcakes and this recipe is the best I’ve ever had!

It’s rich and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of lemon.

This homemade cream cheese frosting is the perfect topper for banana cake, red velvet, carrot cake and so much more!

This is the best ever Cream Cheese Frosting. It's rich and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of lemon. This is the perfect topper for banana cake, red velvet, carrot cake and so much more!

I absolutely love Cream Cheese frosting..  it’s completely perfect on carrot cake or banana bread (or a spoon, are ya’ with me?)… oh and red velvet of course!

While I do love any cream cheese frosting; I mean really love it like.. arm wrestle you for that corner piece with the globs of frosting, love it.

The truth is, not just any frosting will do, it has to have flavor and not taste like lard and sugar.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make cream cheese frosting, THIS is the recipe you’ve been looking for.  Its truly the Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting.

It has the perfect balance between rich and light, it’s creamy and fluffy and it’s not sickly sweet.

Once you try this cream cheese frosting recipe, you’ll never need another!

Homemade cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to top all of your favorite cakes and cupcakes.

Adding of just a hint of lemon juice and a little bit of lemon zest really puts this cream cheese frosting over the top.

Do cakes with cream cheese frosting need to be refrigerated?

Generally speaking, if it’s a normal cooler day (depending on where you live) your cake or cupcakes are fine to sit on the counter for a couple of days.

If you live in a hot humid area (or say… Phoenix in the middle of summer), I’d suggest refrigerating your cream cheese frosting.

If you plan to keep your recipe longer than 3 days (at any temperature), I would suggest refrigerating it. I like to set it out on the counter about 20 minutes before serving to allow it to soften up again.

Why is my Cream Cheese Frosting Runny?

This recipe produces a soft spreadable frosting which is NOT runny, it’s perfect for my Best Ever Banana Cake or any 9×13 cake.

Combining powdered sugar and cream cheese does tend to make a soft cream cheese.

Tips to Make Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using low fat cream cheese (or substituting butter products) will cause your frosting to be too soft and it may not hold up well.
  • DO NOT overbeat the cream cheese. Overbeating is most often the culprit for a runny cream cheese frosting.
  • Adding extra lemon juice, extract or extra powdered sugar will change the consistency of this recipe.
  • If your butter is too warm, your frosting will have a thinner consistency. It should be softened but not on the verge of melting.

I do not suggest adding extra powdered sugar as it will cause the frosting to be too sweet and will not thicken the mixture,

It works perfectly on cupcakes (red velvet anyone?) but this cream cheese frosting won’t hold its shape well for piping flowers (as it’s really soft).

If storing for long periods of time, I store this frosting in the refrigerator.

 

With just a hint of lemon, this homemade cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to top all of your favorite cakes and cupcakes.

What kind of cake goes with cream cheese frosting?

 

Lemon kissed cream cheese frosting pairs perfectly with banana cake, carrot cake, spice cake, gingerbread and cinnamon rolls to name a few.

If you don’t have lemon (or you prefer a more classic flavor) vanilla in place of the lemon juice is equally wonderful. (Or if you’re looking for a great vanilla buttercream frosting, you’ll want to check out this one)!

Either way, get a spoon ready because you’re going to want to dig into this!

Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the best homemadeCream Cheese Frosting.  It’s rich and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of lemon.  This is the perfect topper for banana cake, red velvet, carrot cake and so much more!

5
5 / 5 ()
Did you make this recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter , softened
  • 3 to 3.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or vanilla)
  • (optional) 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Combine cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed and beat just until fluffy and mixed.
  2. Mix in lemon juice (and lemon zest if using).
  3. Add in powdered sugar a bit at a time until fluffy.
  4. Do not overmix.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 2 1/2 cups, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 143 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

©. Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited. Please view my photo use policy here.

More Recipes You’ll Love

Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting

The Best Banana Cake

Nutella Frosting Recipe

 

 

This is the best ever Cream Cheese Frosting.  It's rich and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of lemon.  This is the perfect topper for banana cake, red velvet, carrot cake and so much more!
This is the best ever Cream Cheese Frosting.  It's rich and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of lemon.  This is the perfect topper for banana cake, red velvet, carrot cake and so much more!

How to Make Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

Pin It
Pin now to save it for later!

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

67 comments on “Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Thanks for the recipe for the cream cheese frosting !like to make carrot cake and red velvet ,but I ‘m not fond of the store bought kind.

  2. Thank you for sharing your recipe! I have a friend staying with us. She said she was going to bake a cake but we had no frosting. Well we do now!!! And so much better.

  3. hi there may I know how long does it store for?

  4. I love my regular homemade icing…best ever…from my mom…but I also like the cream cheese style so I am copying your recipe!
    Thanks
    Cheri

  5. I adore cream cheese, and this frosting sounds lovely! I’m stopping by from Two Uses Tuesday! I’d love it if you’d come share it at Totally Terrific Tuesday…the party is going on now! :)

  6. I love the fact that it’s almost all cream cheese with less powdered sugar. Pinned and following!

  7. I love it. Thanx!

  8. I’ve had this recipe for years, minus the butter, but I use the lemon juice as well as the vanilla essence & I always make it a day in advance :)

  9. This looks like great Frosting! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  10. Once you frost a cake with this frosting, do you need to keep it refrigerated? Thanks!

  11. It taste great! But for some reason, mine isn’t getting light and fluffy. Could it be because I used country crock rather than butter? Ended up using the last stick I had making the cupcakes.

  12. Wanted to make a banana cake but the recipe for their cream cheese frosting sounded too sweet. I read yours and liked the fact it had less sugar and the lemon juice gave it a kick. I baking the cake now so we’ll know tomorrow what everyone thinks .Thanks

  13. This is the best cream cheese frosting ever! I added both the lemon juice and vanilla extract and it turned out perfect! I will make this recipe from now on! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  14. This was the first time I’ve ever made homemade frosting I will never go back so delicious thank you for this recipe

  15. Is this thick enough to be used to icing the outter came…..

  16. How much cream cheese I have to take?Can you give measure in gram or cup please?

  17. I want to lick the beater! Frosting beaters are the best :)

  18. Cream cheese frosting is the icing on the cake, so to speak! Totally delicious and can transform a cake

  19. Wow that frosting looks so good!!! I don’t usually think to make frosting from scratch but now I think I have to! :)

  20. Absolutely love cream cheese frosting. I have a good recipe that I swear by but I am intrigued giving yours try since you say its the best ever!

  21. One of my favorite frosting Ever!! I love cream cheese in anything.. and frosting is always my favorite. Cant’ wait to try this. Thanks

  22. hi
    I love your recipes and i live in Australia in some of your recipes you say a stick of butter can you please tell me what is the stick of butter so i know how much

    thank you
    kaz

  23. Hello,
    Does it matter if you use salted or unsalted butter?
    Thanks!

  24. Thank You for sharing your recipe I Lov homemade iceing !!! I’m going to try it soon !!! Keep them coming

  25. We found an amazing cream cheese frosting variety in the America’s Test Kitchen book – you add some powdered buttermilk to the frosting. SO good on Carrot Cake.

  26. I love your recipe I will try it with a red velvet cake tomorrow.

  27. Very good frosting all my family loved it.

  28. Would love to receive your recipes thank you

  29. Love cream chees icing never made before now I will
    Thank you

  30. I make carrot cake for my son and daughter-in-laws birthdays. Always make cream cheese frosting and I do find it too sweet..So I will be trying this on the next one I make. Thinking I’ll use the lemon one first…then the vanilla on the second. It looks delicious.

  31. Thaks just what i was looking for my carrot cake

  32. I’ve found the best thing to make cream cheese frosting fluffy is to beat it about twice as long as you think you need to.

  33. Can this icing be frozen?????

  34. How many servings does this recipe make ?

  35. I made this icing but rather than add lemon, I added peanut butter for atop the banana
    cake. It was delicious.

  36. Can’t wait to try these…they look delicious !! I’ve been looking for a good cream cheese recipe…it’s my FAVORITE !

  37. Is it possible to add extra powdered sugar to stiffen this frosting enough to be able to pipe?

    • I make this recipe as written but let me know if you do try adding the extra powdered sugar and what your results are for piping.

  38. Can you use Splenda in stead of powedered sugar??

    • I have only made it as written, but if you do try it please let me know how it works out for you.

  39. Can you use this recipe for a layer cake or is it too soft to hold up – and does it make enough for 2 layers?

  40. Hi holly,can you please tell me what kind of butter I can use it in this recipe?

  41. So gooooooood! This is our new favorite cream cheese frosting! 

    Rating: 5
  42. This icing is NO JOKE! It is the best cream cheese icing I have ever eaten (title is on point). It’s not sickening sweet and the lemon gives it a hint of, “What is that?!” I didn’t even add the zest and it was still delicious.
    I made slightly more to heavily ice a 3 layer carrot cake.
    I did put each layer in the refrigerator to set up a bit after icing.
    The next time I make it I will add zest. Be aware….you will want to eat it straight out of the bowl (I did)!!

    Rating: 5

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *