A Tangy Alternative to Buttercream
You're a mom who does it all: Works 40 hours, volunteers for the PTA and bakes your kid's birthday cake yourself.
But when your darling asks for cream cheese icing instead of regular buttercream, you're thrown for a loop. Don't worry. Cream cheese icing is just as easy to make, so you can still get the cake on the table as planned.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
- 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese (1 brick), softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar, more if necessary
- In a large metal mixing bowl, place the butter and cream cheese.
- Beat the butter and cream cheese using an electric mixer on low speed until they're blended and smooth. Continue to whip as you add the vanilla extract.
- Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Add the sugar until you reach the desired consistency – you might need a little more or less, depending on your personal taste.
- Frost your cake or cupcakes with the icing. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Andrea Boldt is a nutritionist and personal trainer who writes for multiple publications. A graduate of Princeton and Columbia Universities and of the Culinary Institute of America, she enjoys spending time with her two kids and 18 pets.