I’m not a fan of crisco or any other shortening in my frosting. I understand that shortening is a good stabilizer for piping with. Since I love the superior flavor of butter and cream cheese together, I experimented with this recipe for a mother’s day cake I made that uses meringue powder as the stabilizer and crusts very well. The resulting flavor of real butter and cream cheese was amazing and the meringue powder made it so versatile to pipe with.

Vanilla Cream cheese Frosting


  • 8 Tbs of butter (1/2 stick), room temperature
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese (1/2 block), room temperature
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbs of meringue powder
  • 4 tbs milk (more if too thick)


    Blend butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy

  1. Add 1/2 of confectioner’s sugar a half cup at a time
  2. add vanillla, then add remaining sugar
  3. add meringue powder and milk and blend well, add more milk if frosting is too thick.

    Are you kidding me?


CakeWhisperer Says... 14 Jan 2010 , 5:09pm

That sounds like a great recipe. You can pipe with it, but can you make roses with it? I need a cream cheese frosting that I can make decorations with. Mine seemed stiff enough until I added color, then no amount of powdered sugar is making it the right consistency.

Jmstellar Says... 7 Apr 2012 , 6:15pm

This was my first time making cream cheese frosting. Your recipe instructions were simple to understand. My frosting turned out amazing and tasted fantastic! I put it on red velvet cake. My hubby specifically asked for this cake. He was astounded with the flavor. This recipe is a 'keeper'. Thanks for sharing it!

chellebell70 Says... 1 Jun 2012 , 7:39am

Is it 4 TBS butter or 8 TBS? 8 TBS would be a whole stick right?

krazigirl79 Says... 23 Jun 2012 , 12:34am

THANK YOU for this recipe!! I made it with your ratios- but quadrupled the recipe- and it was great! (to chellebell70- it is 4 tbs not 8 tbs- it works just as it is written- I just doubled each and made it 1 stick of butter, 1 pkg of cream cheese, and 10 cups of powdered sugar, etc.).

I have been trying to find a cream cheese frosting that will hold up and not wilt- this did the trick perfectly- and the meringue powder added a very nice texture that was great for piping. Plus it didn't dilute the cream cheese flavor and it wasn't overly sweet (despite the massive quantities of powdered sugar :) ).

HoosierSHU Says... 27 Aug 2012 , 8:10pm

How many cups does a single batch make? I am curious what size cake it can cover.

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