Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe -
Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

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"A delicious twist on cream cheese frosting. This is great for decorating the Red Velvet Cake and would be excellent on Banana Cake!"

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Original recipe makes 1 frosting for 2 layer cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Beat softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and bourbon. Beat until creamy.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 08, 2004

I made the frosting, frosted the cake, and ate some within an hour. The bourbon was kind of overpowering, and this is coming from someone who likes bourbon a lot. However, by the next day it had mellowed and was really tasty. Next time I would either try adding less bourbon or making it the day before I was ready to frost the cake.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 22, 2011

Disappointing if you're after the bourbon flavor, which of course I was. Because I'm very familiar with this classic cream cheese frosting, what happened with this is just what I expected, so I should have known better. If you're looking for a rather thin glaze, then 5 T. of bourbon might work just fine. However, if you want a nice, thick, spreadable *frosting,* then 5 T. of bourbon is at least 4 T. too much. I used 1 T., and found I still had to add extra powdered to make it stiffer. With only that 1 T. of bourbon, we were not able to taste it at all. Whether you use bourbon or any other liquid in this cream cheese frosting recipe, start out adding a little at a time - and certainly not 5 tablespoons!

Jan 16, 2006

This is great on carrot cake if you reduce the amount of bourbon. I had to reduce the bourbon to 2T b/c the bourbon was overpowering and the icing became too thin. The icing is still really thin w/ 2T, but the taste more than compensates for the "thinning" look of the icing.

Nov 28, 2007

Delicious frosting but don't let the bourbon fool you; it will taste strong when you make it but the next day you will hardly be able to taste it. Everyone loved it though !

Aug 06, 2006

Love this, used only 2 Tablespoons as other reviewers suggested -- also tried this recipe using Rum (2 tablespoons) YUM! Just tried the with 4 tablespoons of Cointreau with carrot cake, sooooo good!

Oct 19, 2009

Delicious! I used the suggestions of other raters and substituted orange liqueur for the liquid... perfect for fall spice or carrot cakes. A keeper.

Feb 28, 2011

This recipe right here IS the business! I followed other reviewers advice and slapped this on the A-1 Banana Cake. The folks I made it for loved it and I snuck a taste off the spatula...heaven! BTW, the bourbon isn't overwhelming, so use the alloted amount. I can't thank Pooka you for this!

Dec 21, 2003

yummy frosting. it wasn't as stiff as I wanted it to be, but tasted great. the bourbon flavor was perfect for me.


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  • Calories
  • 304 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.3 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 14.2 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 110 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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