Cream Cheese Frosting

This easy-to-make frosting is one the best, most versatile frostings you can prepare. By adding cocoa powder a tablespoon at a time, it can be as chocolatey as you like, or a few drops of food coloring will create the tint you desire. But even in its "plain" state, it's an always reliable and delicious topping to any cake.

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-pound box (3-3/4 cups) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Blend the softened cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer.
  2. Beat in the sugar, a little at a time.
  3. Add the vanilla and pecans, if desired, and mix well.

Note: Use with Carrot Cake, Spice Cake and many other cake recipes. As you see in the photo, we frosted our Red Velvet Cake with this rich frosting.

Prep time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 30 minutes; Total time: 0 minutes

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