Decorator’s Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is a baking classic! It is great on practically any cake, cinnamon rolls, and even cookies! Yum!

I love cream cheese frosting, but when it comes to cake decorating most cream cheese frosting recipes produce an icing that is too soft. A basic cream cheese frosting recipe will not be sturdy enough and any decorations or intricate details will most likely fall flat or slide right off the cake.

This recipe includes shortening which gives the icing a little more stability and makes it more pipe-able. This frosting can be dyed whatever color you desire and most importantly, it’s delicious!

Since this frosting has cream cheese in it, which is a dairy product, it needs to be stored in the fridge. I know some say that’s not necessary but I would rather be safe than sorry!


  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ouces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cream together butter and shortening with electric mixer for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  2. Add in cream cheese and mix just until blended.
  3. Add vanilla to mixture.
  4. In a separate large bowl, sift powdered sugar and salt together.
  5. Slowly incorporate the sugar into the butter mixture, about 1-2 cups at a time just until mixture is combined.


  1. Do not over-beat frosting or it will end up with air bubbles in it.
  2. If icing is too soft, add a little more powdered sugar. 
  3. If icing is too firm, add in a little bit of milk 1 teaspoon at a time until you reach the perfect consistency.
  4. Can be stored in the fridge for several days.  When ready to use, sit it out on the counter and let it come to almost room temperature before using.  I usually mix the icing for a few seconds to make it fluffy again.

Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with your favorite decorating tip and decorate!

Did you try this recipe? Let me know how you liked it! I’d love to hear from you! Share a picture of your masterpiece and tag me @sweetestthingsbyjen

Have a sweet day ~ JEN