The Best 5 Minute Cream Cheese Frosting

The Best 5 Minute Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting in 5 minutes! This is my go-to all-purpose cream cheese frosting that isn’t over the top sweet and just the right amount of tangy. It’s smooth, creamy, and spreadable. I use this on everything from cinnamon rolls, bundt cakes, muffins, quick breads, and definitely carrot cake.

Things To Remember Before You Start

Just take the cream cheese & butter out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. It’s really important that these components are soft or else you can get lumps. You can also use the microwave on 20% power in 15-second bursts to soften the cream cheese and butter.

With refrigeration, it will stiffen a little, so if you make it in advance as I do, let it warm on the counter for 15 minutes or so. Then once your cake is fully frosted if you have time to refrigerate it the frosting will set up and slice with a very crisp looking edge – giving your slice a lovely professional finish.

Happy baking!

5 Minute Cream Cheese Frosting by afoodloverslife on Jumprope.
A slice of Zucchini Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on a plate with the cake pan in the background.
holding a soft cinnamon roll
A plate of cream cheese frosting with beaters.

Cream Cheese Frosting

An all-purpose cream cheese frosting that isn't over the top sweet.  It's smooth, creamy, and spreadable. Perfect for cakes, breads, and muffins.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Course Dessert


  • 16 oz cream cheese softened (2 blocks) see note
  • 8 tbsp butter softened (1 stick)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • With a hand-mixer or a stand-mixer beat softened cream cheese with softened butter until it starts to whip up into a lighter mixture. About 3-5 minutes.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar, then vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth.


The cream cheese must be completely softened to prevent lumps. 
The frosting can be used right away or it can be refrigerated. If it’s chilled, it will stiffen a bit. Bringing it more to room temperature will soften it. 
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