Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Perfect Cream Cheese Icing

Rose Cupcakes

I'm on a food kick this week, ya'll. Maybe it was the extended break from cooking while I was out of town, but this week I've been flinging flour, peeling veggies, and experimenting here and there. As evidenced by my very messy kitchen. But it's definitely worth it when these cute pink cupcakes are a result!

What I really want to share with you all today is the most perfect cream cheese icing.

When it comes to frosting, I'm a little picky. The super-sweet fluffy stuff on store-bought cakes makes me rather sick, and I always scrape most of it off. But cream cheese icing is another story.

And this cream cheese icing takes the cake.

Perfect Cream Cheese Icing
Originally from The Silver Palate Cookbook

8 oz cream cheese, softened
6 TBSP butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 TBSP lemon juice (optional)

Cream together the cream cheese and butter. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, beating until mixture is smooth, with no lumps. Add vanilla and lemon juice. Yields enough frosting for a 2 layer cake.

For the mini cupcakes above, I added a small amount of red food coloring to make the icing pink.
*Printable Recipe*

This icing is perfect on carrot cake, red velvet cake, and....well, pretty much anything. :)

P.S. I have a really fun food adventure to share with you all tomorrow...join us for Try New Adventures Thursday!

P.S.S. The Silver Palate Cookbook is one of my favorite cookbooks to pull out when I want to make something fancy. The recipes often call for at least one ingredient that I don't keep on hand in my pantry, so I reserve them for special occasions. However, I've never made a recipe out of this cookbook that was less than amazing! The carrot cake recipe is to die for.

Linked to Homemaking Link-Up, What I Love Wednesday, WFMW, and Things I Love Thursday.

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  1. Yum! A reliable cream cheese frosting recipe is a must!

  2. I have to translate this to Dutch measurements and try it out, it looks yummie! Thanks! (my daughter will love the pink...) Love Amelie

  3. My son is sensitive to artificial colors, so we've made pink frosting using pureed beets. I think cranberries or cherries might work well too. In fact, I may need to try your recipe very soon to find out! =)

  4. Oooh, cherries sound like a good idea. Although I wonder if it would turn out more purple-ish? Let me know if you try it!
    I loooooooove fresh cherries. :D

  5. Why oh why do we not live closer to each other? I imagine those cupcakes would go really well with some coffee and a nice chat while the kiddos play. :)

  6. Mmmmm cream cheese frosting. I was just looking for a good recipe the other day, thanks for sharing!

    Totally off topic. A friend of ours visited yesterday with her son and I was blown away at hoe he tore through our house. Could I email you with a few questions about little boys and activity level? You can email me first

    katie ann 26 at gmail dot com

  7. That looks and sounds yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh my goodness!!!! I am in love. Just the other day I so wanted to make some cream cheese icing and now I know where to go! Thank you for sharing

  9. Yum! Cream cheese frosting. I was just looking for a recipe, too. I wanted to put it on top cinnamon rolls. I got a home made cinnamon roll recipe from Polly Horvath's book called, Everything On A Waffle. She had quite a few kid friendly recipes in that book.


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