A classic cream cheese frosting, perfect for a variety of cakes, especially carrot and chocolate.
5½ cups confectioners’ sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound (two standard 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces and at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Nutritional analysis per serving (2 tablespoons): Calories 157 (43% from fat) • carb. 21g • pro. 1g fat 8g • sat. fat 5g • chol. 23mg • sod. 46mg calc. 14mg • fiber 0g
2. Add butter and beat until fully incorporated and smooth, stopping to scrape down as necessary. Reduce speed to 2 and, with the mixer running, slowly add the sifted confectioners’ sugar to the bowl and mix until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Scrape the entire bowl well. Add vanilla extract. Mix on Speed 5 until incorporated.
3. Refrigerate to set, at least 30 minutes.
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