Cream Cheese Frosting

As mentioned in my Red Velvet Cupcakes post, cream cheese frosting just simply perfects the taste and provides the perfect balance to the richness (if that’s a word) of the cupcake with its sweet and tangy (the good type of tang) and oh-so delectable flavour.

I’m not going to ramble too much…here you go 🙂


– 100-120g softened butter

– 1 tub cream cheese

– 2 cups icing sugar

– 1 tsp lemon juice

– 1 tsp vanilla essence



– Simple….just whip it all together until well combined and voila!






  1. Angela Ferreira says:

    Hey Sadie

    Thanks for the cream cheese frosting recipe and red velvet cupcakes recipe. My daughter and I tried a recipe for red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting…. Disaster of proportions all wacky. Cake came out okay but did not rise much. The frosting was watery so to try to salvage it we added whipped fresh cream. Stuck it in the deepfreeze for a bit but it just never reached a consistency to allow for icing the cake. So when all fails make trifle… But did we giggle and went overkill lapping up excess cloyingly sweet frosting. Going to attempt your frosting recipe cos you also hail from good old SA…. We’re in Durban. Also have Philadelphia cream cheese which should work. Luv the way your cupcakes icing looks like roses, what type of nozzles did you buy… If you don’t mind my asking would luv to create replicas of yours. Thanks for fab recipes going to attempt them over the coming Weeks.


    • Sadie says:

      Hi Angela,

      Oh no, hopefully this recipe will turn out a winner for you! Great to hear the disaster attempt brought you some giggles and great memories with your daughter…the joy of baking 🙂 a tip for the cream cheese frosting is to use softened butter, but it should not be too soft or else the consistency of the frosting will be runny. Try using the butter after it’s been out of the fridge for a 30 min. I use Lancewood cream cheese for my frosting, cheaper than Philadelphia but still great. To pipe the roses I use the Wilton 2D tip, basically a medium sized shaped nozzle. Hope this helps! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

      Sadie xxx

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