Chef John's Cream Cheese Frosting

12 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Ready In

    15 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“This is the frosting I use on delicious red velvet cupcakes. Is this the easiest recipe I've ever done? Maybe!”

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 2 cups

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Directions

  1. Place butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and lemon juice into the work bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; beat mixture on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Scrape down the attachment and sides of bowl; add confectioners' sugar to butter mixture. Mix at low speed until confectioners' sugar begins to incorporate into butter mixture. Raise mixer speed to high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, scraping sides occasionally, about 3 minutes. Frosting will set up and become firmer when refrigerated.

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Reviews (12)

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cookinmom
6

cookinmom

Very tasty and creamy frosting. I'd probably use half the sugar next time, or twice the cream cheese. As written I only got about a cup so double the recipe for a 9" round 2-layer cake.

SNicker28
3

SNicker28

Very good frosting that can be used on different cakes because its so basic & simple. I doubled the recipe and adjusted the sugar to taste for my Lemon Cupcakes, therefore I did not add the optional lemon extract. The cream cheese is definitely more pronounced then the sugar and butter, which is exactly what I wanted. Kudos to the trusty Chef John who wisely points out that the amount of sugar would vary. Other recipes I looked at list a specific amount of sugar which is a no-no for frosting (IMO). It all depends on your preferred taste palette. Of course, the trick is to add a little at a time, taste and repeat. Thanks Chef John!

Ruth_Xu
3

Ruth_Xu

This comes out great and exactly like the video ones. I did everything accordingly. But personally i feel that it is a little too sweet for me. Can lesser the icing sugar to a cup.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 139 cal
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs
  • 18.6 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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