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Creamy Butter-Cheese Frosting

Course: Frostings & Fillings


  • 1 3-Ounce Package Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1/4 Cup Butter Softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Pound Box Powdered Sugar


  • Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Blend in milk, vanilla and salt. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Makes filling and frosting for two or three 9-inch layers.


  • Chocolate Butter-Cheese Frosting: Beat 2 ounces melted unsweetened baking chocolate into finished frosting. Add milk or cream as necessary.
  • Orange Butter-Cheese Frosting: Substitute 3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate for milk.
  • Banana Butter-Cheese Frosting: Substitute 1/2 teaspoon banana extract for 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Maraschino Butter-Cheese Frosting: Substitute 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice for milk. Stir in 3 tablespoons minced maraschino cherries. Add red food coloring.
  • Citrus Butter-Cheese Frosting: Add 1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange, lime, grapefruit or lemon peel to finished frosting.
  • Panocha Butter-Cheese Frosting: Omit 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Heat 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar with butter and milk until sugar melts; cool. Beat in cream cheese and remaining ingredients.
  • Coconut Butter-Cheese Frosting: Toast 1 cup or 1 3.5-ounce can flaked coconut. Crumble half and stir into finished frosting. Garnish with remaining half.