Cream Cheese Frosting + Decorating Tips

So today is my Mom’s Birthday (Happy Birthday, Mama) and so it was obvious that I had to make her a (cup)cake. She requested Red Velvet Cupcakes and then I realized I hadn’t posted my cream cheese frosting recipe! So today’s post is about the simple, but oh so delicious cream cheese frosting. I’m very picky about frosting… too picky; I don’t like my frosting so sweet, that I have to scrape off all of the frosting and only eat the cake (*ahem* super market cupcakes). But this frosting is perfect the cupcake and frosting complement each other so well.

Also I have created an Instagram page! I was hesitant because social media is not really my thing, but I feel like Instagram is one of the easier social media platforms to navigate through and most of you guys have one. So please follow me my user name is: sprinklesofsweetness 

Cream Cheese Frosting

YIELD: 3 cups PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOKING TIME: 0 minutes TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes


  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  •  2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Beat butter and cream cheese, until combined. Next add sugar 1 cup at a time. Add vanilla and mix until smooth, enjoy.


  • Make sure all the ingredients are room temperature, or else the frostings consistency will be ruined.
  • Some people prefer sweeter frostings if that’s you keep adding sugar until you have reached the desired flavor.
  • If the consistency is not the way you like, then add milk to smooth it out.

Decorating Tips

  • If you don’t own piping bags (like me), then use a big zip lock bag. Start by placing frosting in bag and cut the corner.
  • Pipe by starting around the cupcake and then work your way middle, this makes a design on the cupcake.
  • Pecans (or any nuts) go really well with cream cheese frosting, so use them as a garnish.
  • Because cream cheese frosting is an off white color, food coloring will mix well and make different colored frostings.
  • If you want to distribute the cupcakes throughout the day, but don’t know how to wrap them without smashing the frosting here’s what you can do: grab 5 ounce cups (like the ones you get on airplanes) and place the cupcake inside. next wrap upwards with cellophane gift wrap. This makes the cupcake looks professionally wrapped and saves the cupcake.

Decorating ideas- cc image

What’s your dream birthday cake?

My dream cake would be a neapolitan cake with chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla all in one cake with lots of frosting and sprinkles for decoration. If someone gave me this type of cake I would just die ;).

12 thoughts on “Cream Cheese Frosting + Decorating Tips

  1. So sweet of you to bake for your mom for her birthday! My mom’s birthday is next week, I might steal this and make her some carrot cupcakes! I love this type of frosting on Hummingbird cupcakes with pineapple and carrot. 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s