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cream cheese frosting with mixer

Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting

Learn how to make the easiest, most delicious cream cheese frosting for cupcakes and cakes. It's an easy method that yields a fluffy texture with lower added sugars. (Plan to let the cream cheese and butter soften at room temperature for at least an hour before mixing.)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 -12
Calories 181kcal



  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)


  • Add the ingredients to a large bowl.
  • Starting on low speed, beat with a handheld electric mixer until light, fluffy, and lump-free. Add the powdered sugar for additional sweetness and stiffness, if desired.
  • Spread onto a cake or cupcakes, or transfer to a plastic storage bag to use as a piping bag. (Seal the bag, trim one bottom corner, and press the frosting out like a piping bag.)


Store in a sealed plastic storage bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 24 hours before using.
Add the powdered sugar for more sweetness and a slightly stiffer final texture.
Spread or pipe onto cakes or cupcakes. 


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 558IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg