Last week I made some really easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. While I shared the frosting recipe in that post, I really thought it needed its own post, because it is SO much tastier and easier to make your own homemade cream cheese frosting than buying store bought.


Seriously — if you ever make homemade, you will never want store bought again. It tastes SO heavenly on everything.

When creaming the icing, I decided to use my Kitchenaid Artisan Stand mixer instead of a handheld mixer, but you can use either one you choose. I just prefer the stand mixer.

How to Make Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  2. Use it as a sweet dip for graham crackers, or as an icing for cupcakes, cakes, or anything you want to put it on.

I use cream cheese in everything. It works great jalapeno poppers, stuffed in chicken, or as a creamy caramel apple cheesecake.

What is your favorite icing recipe? Do you have any variations of cream cheese icing?

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