Cream Cheese Frosting

Cuisinart original

A classic cream cheese frosting, perfect for a variety of cakes, especially carrot and chocolate.


Makes 4 cups


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 information

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


1. Sift the sugar into a small bowl and reserve. Put cream cheese in the Cuisinart®  mixing bowl. Attach the flat mixing paddle and mix on Speed 4 until smooth, about 1½ to 2 minutes. 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.