Yes, you can make cream cheese frosting without butter. This delicate whipped cream cheese frosting has a nice tangy flavor and just enough sweetness to complement any cupcake or cake without overwhelming it. We even use it to top our Zucchini and Pine Nut Muffins.
Make-ahead note: The frosting will last up to 1 week when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
See also our cream cheese frosting for carrot cake.
- Yield: 2 cups
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: 5 mins
- Active: 5 mins
- 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, and beat at low speed until sugar is incorporated.
- Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and whipped, about 3 to 4 minutes. Use to top cookies, cupcakes, or cakes.