Culinary Institute of America Recipe
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Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cream Cheese Frosting recipe by The Culinary Institute of America



Makes about 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup cream cheese (8 ounces), soft
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese, butter, and confectioner’s sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla, salt, and lemon zest and mix to combine.
  3. Store the frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator until needed. Before using, allow to come to room temperature and beat on medium speed using a paddle attachment until light and fluffy.

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