There is something so comforting, decadent and heavenly about a good cream cheese frosting. It works on carrot cake, spice cake, cupcakes and more. It seems like cream cheese frosting really does take the cake! It can even be made in variations like lemon, chocolate and coconut.

What is Cream Cheese Frosting?

Cream cheese frosting is simply a variation of buttercream frosting. Buttercream frosting is typically made with powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract or another flavoring. Sometimes salt and milk or heavy cream can be added. Cream cheese frosting, on the other hand, substitutes cream cheese for butter. This adds a delicious cheesy creaminess to the frosting.

Origin of Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting became popular in the 1960s when it was printed alongside recipes for carrot cake. It is a traditional frosting for both carrot cake and red velvet cake.

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Making a tasty cream cheese frosting is easy. It's amazing how something so delicious takes only a few ingredients. There are many variations of the frosting, but the basic ingredients include cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, butter and vanilla. Some recipes call for powdered sugar instead of confectioner's sugar.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon cream cheese frosting is perfect for cake. Just add lemon juice to a basic cream cheese frosting recipe, and voila! Some recipes suggest adding lemon zest  or lemon peel as well.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Coconut cream cheese frosting is ideal on a coconut cake, cupcakes or carrot cake. It's easy to transform cream cheese frosting into a coconut version by adding sweetened shredded coconut.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Cupcakes taste delicious with a little chocolate cream cheese frosting. Adding cocoa or even milk should do the trick!

Tasty Recipes with Cream Cheese Frostings
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemony Cream Cheese Frosting
Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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