Chef John's Cream Cheese Frosting

Chef John's Cream Cheese Frosting

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"This is the frosting I use on delicious red velvet cupcakes. Is this the easiest recipe I've ever done? Maybe!"
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15 m servings 139 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 139 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 18.6g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Place butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and lemon juice into the work bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; beat mixture on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Scrape down the attachment and sides of bowl; add confectioners' sugar to butter mixture. Mix at low speed until confectioners' sugar begins to incorporate into butter mixture. Raise mixer speed to high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, scraping sides occasionally, about 3 minutes. Frosting will set up and become firmer when refrigerated.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Start with 1 cup confectioners' sugar and add more to taste, up to 3 cups. Double recipe if you like a thicker layer of frosting.


  1. 30 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Very tasty and creamy frosting. I'd probably use half the sugar next time, or twice the cream cheese. As written I only got about a cup so double the recipe for a 9" round 2-layer cake.

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Not sure what I'm looking for, just know this isn't it.

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Very tasty and creamy frosting. I'd probably use half the sugar next time, or twice the cream cheese. As written I only got about a cup so double the recipe for a 9" round 2-layer cake.

This comes out great and exactly like the video ones. I did everything accordingly. But personally i feel that it is a little too sweet for me. Can lesser the icing sugar to a cup.

Very good frosting that can be used on different cakes because its so basic & simple. I doubled the recipe and adjusted the sugar to taste for my Lemon Cupcakes, therefore I did not add the opti...

Absolutely wonderful! This recipe I would recommend to my friends. I only thing I did was adjust the sweetness of it, thanks Chef John

This Cream Cheese Frosting is verry yummy! I have been making various cream cheese desserts for years now and this is the first one I have found that can be used on any type of dessert, like car...

This is so delicious I can't say enough. I made this recipe with the lemon juice the first time and the second time I used fresh juice from an orange. It is so good.

very very good exactly what I was looking for perfect blend of sweetness and cream cheese will definitely make again

Simple and tasted amazing with carrot cake I made.

I like how this recipe emphasizes to keep adding the icing sugar until you reach your own taste preference. It's so true about cream cheese icing! Some like the cheese to come out more while o...

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