How to Make Frosting Article -
Add a Comment

How to Make Frosting

It's easy to make delicious homemade frosting!

We made a tangy cream cheese frosting recipe to go on our banana cupcakes.

1. This recipe made enough frosting to spread on one dozen cupcakes. If you'd like to pipe the frosting on your cupcakes, double it.

Tangy Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
1/3 cup butter
1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar (add the larger amount of sugar for a stiffer consistency)
Pinch of salt

    2. Before you begin, you want your ingredients to be at cool room temperature--not refrigerator-cold but not soft enough to spread on toast.

    • If the cream cheese and butter are too cold, they'll be too firm to mix easily; if they're too warm, your frosting will be very soft and may be difficult to use.
    • Start by beating the cream cheese until smooth.
    • You can also use a food processor to make frosting instead of an electric mixer.

      3. Add the butter and beat to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

        4. Beat in the confectioners' sugar and the pinch of salt. Ingredients such as powdered sugar and cocoa powder should be sifted before you add them to the mixing bowl.

          5. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

            6. Your frosting is now ready to use--it's as easy as that! If you need to refrigerate it before using, bring it back up to room temperature, return it to the mixer, and beat it for a minute or so for the best consistency.

              7. For tips on how to frost cupcakes and cakes, see our other articles.

              Adelodun Fatimah 
              Jul. 23, 2009 1:56 am
              what can i use in place of cream cheese for frosting?couldnt get cream cheese.
              Chrissy Jackson 
              Jan. 5, 2010 12:05 pm
              I loooooove this recipe! And by the way, I found out you don't have to use an electric mixer.
              Feb. 17, 2010 12:37 pm
              I live outside of the United States, I can't get cream cheese or cream of tartar. I need a recipe that involves simple ingredients.
              Mar. 10, 2010 12:41 pm
              I'm going to try a food processor when I make this frosting.Sounds good to me.
              Apr. 14, 2010 6:33 pm
              cakes.n.cookies: Neufchatel is bacially the same. Any soft, new cheese you can find. Otherwise you can use butter and Crisco with the juice of 1/2 lemon, salt, and add confectioner's sugar until it's delicious. (more than 1/2 cup, probably less than 2 cups.)
              Apr. 14, 2010 6:35 pm
              My mother-in-law lived outside the US and she couldn't make elaborate frostings either because the ingredients were too expensive. This is her own simple frosting recipe which elsewhere in the world but America is called icing. I call it: Mama's Coffee-Flavored Icing 1 1/2 sticks margarine, cold and cut into cubes (no substitutes) 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 4 teaspoons instant coffee, dissolved In a small bowl, cream the margarine. Slowly add the condensed milk while continuing to whip, until the frosting is the desired sweetness and consistency. This is about half a tin. Add dissolved coffee. The coffee also makes the frosting beige. This recipe frosts 1 layer cake or 1 chiffon cake.
              Apr. 15, 2010 1:38 am
              i want to know please,is this frosting the cinnabon's frosting??? if it isnt can any one tell me the cinnabon's???
              Apr. 16, 2010 2:36 pm
              for sure going to try this . i am not happy with store bought iceing .
              Apr. 22, 2010 2:28 pm
              why can't i save this to my recipe box?
              Jun. 7, 2010 4:29 am
              What is the substitute for cream cheese, coz, its expensive.
              Jul. 21, 2010 7:25 pm
              This was an excellent article and recipe! I love to bake and was looking for a frosting to but on my homemade sour cream coffee cake. Having baked the cake from scratch, I didn't want to settle for a store bought icing. I made for my family at home and everyone raved. My mother suggested we send some to a few others with impressed comments yet again. I had all the ingredients in the fridge or cabinet and it was so easy and inexpensive to pull together. It seems that you can't save an article so I am bookmarking this on my computer for future reference! I'll definitely make the frosting again and I won't forget these valuable tips.
              Jul. 22, 2010 8:02 pm
              love this frosting I added lemon zest and lemon juice and left out the vanilla frosted lemon cup cakes with it. My family LOVED them!
              maria elena 
              Oct. 6, 2010 7:52 am
              I need a substitution for sour cream, please
              Cathey (Um Bilal) 
              Oct. 19, 2010 8:35 am
              For those who can't get cream cheese, KIRI is cream cheese. I use yogurt for sour cream, when I can't get it. Was wondering about corn syrup, anyone use somthing else?
              Nov. 4, 2010 4:34 pm
              Cathey--I use Golden Syrup, which I like better than corn syrup. Honey would work, too, but has a stronger flavor and is sweeter.
              Apr. 17, 2011 1:19 pm
              no cream cheese? what?
              Apr. 21, 2011 5:00 am
              Add this (and any other) article to your Recipe Box by using the weblink feature. Basically copy the URL, go into your recipe box and click on options. Click Weblink at the top of your Recipe List and paste the Url in the space provided.
              Aug. 23, 2011 2:02 am
              Would Philadelphia cheese in the tub work, is this cream cheese?
              Sep. 1, 2011 9:31 pm
              Is there a way to use bought butter icing to make it set up rather than being runny?
              Oct. 23, 2011 4:54 pm
              Philadelphia is cream cheese, it even says it on the box, at least over here and I am outside the US. Sour Cream is Saure Sahne in german if that helps This recipe is quite easy and worked great since there is hardly any store around here that sells icing of any kind. I used it for decorating a birthday cake by using food colors for making a train cake. Works great on yellow cakes and cupcakes.
              Jan. 8, 2012 4:59 pm
              Love it! It really has the tang that cream cheese should, sort of like a really good cheesecake, not like most bland no-bake cheesecakes. It did become warm while I was piping it onto the cupcakes. I put them in the fridge and they've hardened up nicely.
              Feb. 27, 2012 5:47 pm
              every time i make frosting it comes out too runny or just chunky and gross can i have advice please??
              Feb. 27, 2012 5:53 pm
              marco polo because i had the same question and now i have it in my recipe box!! yeah!!
              Mar. 4, 2012 5:07 pm
              Me too!!!! Thanks for letting us know how to save weblinks! :0)
              Sep. 2, 2012 2:51 am
              you can get cream cheese ant where. i should know, i live in china
              Sep. 4, 2012 6:05 am
              can i use regular sugar
              Feb. 9, 2013 3:14 pm
              That looks delicious
              Mar. 20, 2013 7:59 am
              This is the best frostin i've ever tasted, my kids just love it.
              Subscribe Today!

              In Season

              Delightful Summer Parties
              Delightful Summer Parties

              All the little bites, cocktails, casual dishes, and desserts you want for your next get-together.

              Banana Bread
              Banana Bread

              Bake those overripe bananas into a delicious, easy loaf of quick bread.

              Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
              Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

              Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

              Related Videos

              How to Make Cookie Icing

              Decorate cookies with your own homemade icing in three fast, easy steps.

              How to Make Butter Cream Frosting

              You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make homemade frosting.

              How to Make Buttercream Frosting

              This delicious, creamy frosting makes any cake grand.

              Most Popular Blogs

              Recently Viewed Recipes

              You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
              Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
              Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

              Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States