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!
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.
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!
I am giving it less stars because it wasn't what I was expecting. It was good, just not what I was hoping for. It tasted to me kind of like marshmallows.
I did however add some peanut butter, espresso powder, and baileys to some of the recipe and topped some chocolate espresso cupcakes with it. SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!!