Professional Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is the best recipe for taste, presentation and easy for decorating, borders, cupcakes, cakes and such! This yields A LOT!! This works very well with KitchenAids mixers that really make a difference in outcome of frosting! If needed, add a little milk or water to thin out but KA's help, really don't need it. Very stable and can withstand room temp!!


  1. In a large bowl (or KA Mixer) cream together shortening and butter.
  2. Stop and scrape down, start again till creamy.
  3. Add cut-up cream cheese and cream again, scraping down sides till fluffy on high.
  4. Add vanilla extract and blend.
  5. Add at time confectioner's sugar, starting on low speed as to not spray sugar all over, then increase speed till blended each time and scrape down each time.
  6. You may add salt if you need to.
  7. Turn on high speed for 15 minutes to make frosting blended, smooth and fluffy.
  8. Also you may have to chill frosting after completed.
Most Helpful

I was looking for a good buttercream that wasn't too sweet, and this is it! I had 3 oz. of cream cheese, so I sized this recipe down to use that, and had enough frosting to cover 12 chocolate cup cakes perfectly. This has great taste, and holds up well. It is great for decorating! I really like how well it came together after a good beating in my stand mixer, and I loved that I could wash up some dishes while this was whipping away (with just a quick scrape down every so often). Thanks for posting, I think I'll use this for decorating my kids' birthday cakes!

Mommy2two May 01, 2011

The texture to this frosting is wonderful though I did need to add a couple tablespoons of milk as it was way too thick for icing a cake ( perfect for piping). Also if anyone was wondering; this is a crusting recipe so it is easy to make flowers and borders with. I was disappointed at how sweet this icing is despite the two bricks of cream cheese-when I make a cream cheese frosting I expect it to taste a little more like cream cheese.

Anonymous May 24, 2015

I made this frosting this evening and the taste and texture was good. I did not use all 4lbs of powdered sugar as I didn't want the frosting to be super sweet. Definitely use at least three pounds because the texture of the frosting gets thicker and easier to ice with the more you add. I will definitely be using this recipe again!

joyce_purcell08_11506480 July 03, 2012