Fellow vanilla loveres will appreciate this very vanilla icing. I used salted butter, 1/2 pure vanilla extract and 1/2 artificial Clear vanilla extract to help preserve the whiteness of the icing.

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing


  • 1/2 Cup Butter (room temperature)
  • 1 8 oz Package Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 ts Vanilla
  • 1 lb Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 Fresh Vanilla Beans (seeded)


  1. Mix butter,cream cheese and vanilla until combined. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Add vanilla bean seeds and beat on medium speed to combine. Frosting should look like vanilla bean ice cream when complete.


cherylc3 Says... 2009-09-09 18:40:51

I get more requests for this than anything else! Buying beans in bulk now! I love it! Can't wait to try it on my carrot cake! Thanks!

luvbuttercream Says... 2009-11-10 18:41:19

does this stick well on the sides of the cake? I mean it isn't too runny is it? I am an amateur at the cake thing so I am not sure what works the best that doesn't have shortening in it.

mzkat2u Says... 2009-11-15 16:01:44

I used this icing as a filling for a vanilla cake. Everyone loved it. I had never worked with fresh vanilla beans so I didn't like that part but it was worh the hard work. I also used it as a filling for molded chocolate cups. It was a hit with the crowd! Thanks for sharing.

leepee Says... 2009-11-17 11:51:35

This recipe sounds great. I'd like to use it do decorate a carrot cake, do you think it will hold up well?

tonebug Says... 2010-06-05 21:56:29

where do you find fresh vanilla beans?

noahsmummy Says... 2010-06-24 03:08:53

does this recipe need to be kept refrigerated?

soph917 Says... 2010-07-26 21:31:19

Fresh vanilla beans can be found at many grocery stores. I have seen them at Safeway, Save Mart, Trader Joes and Costco. Totally worth it! Costco by the way has the best price I've seen.

Oh, just wanted to answer the question about refrigeration- any recipe with cream cheese needs to be refrigerated. It can be left out for a few hours without any issues, but you definitely can not leave it out all day.

ponderiffic Says... 2010-08-02 08:44:47

I thought this was better as a filling than a frosting. It was soupy for me. Also, order your vanilla beans online. I found a fabulous deal on eBay. I got enough beans to make 7 cups of vanilla extract and still have probably 10 beans left for use whereever else!

kdbohm Says... 2010-08-12 14:00:46

Made this today and love it. Turns out really thick and added a tiny bit of milk.

Leah1974 Says... 2011-05-22 20:31:54

does this crust at all? I want to dye some green (poker cake) and cover the whole cake with it but then I have to cover sides/ edges with fondant...is this too thin for this type of use? thanks!!

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