Cream Cheese Frosting


* 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature

* 8 oz of Philly cream cheese (1 package), room temperature

* 2 - 3 cups of powdered sugar

* 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


1 With an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes on medium speed until very smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

2 Add the vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Keep adding until you get to desired sweetness and thickness.

3 Either spread on with a blunt knife or spatula, or spoon into a piping bag to decorate your cake or cupcake.


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