best Best BEST Icing Recipe

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

I came across this FABULOUS cream cheese frosting recipe in my America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking cookbook and I haven’t made anything else since. It is especially to-die-for on cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies but not so great on chocolate cake for some reason. (I used it for Gus’s caterpillar cupcake cake and it tasted a little funky for some reason…)

America’s Test Kitchen Cream Cheese Frosting

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks and softened
2 T. sour cream
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
2 c. powdered sugar

I always microwave my butter for a few seconds to soften it and haven’t noticed any adverse effects, but I know that Experts say not to do that. It works for me…

The thing I love about this cream cheese frosting is that it’s not too sweet. My regular frosting recipe calls for 3 c. of powdered sugar and it makes less than half the amount of frosting. So there really isn’t that much sugar in this and it’s so soooo good.



1 Dawnak May 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

I have been looking a long time for a good cream cheese frosting recipe. All the ones I have used in the past are way too sweet for my liking. I have a great carrot cake recipe that is to die for that I cannot wait to try this on. Thanks!

2 Jenny McCulloch May 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I love all things ATK. I will make this one next time.

3 Amy May 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Love me some cream cheese frosting. I will have to give this a try and your cinnamon roll recipe looks like the perfect companion. My husband is going to be so happy. Thank you! Love your site by the way.

4 Missy May 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

ATK typically comes to my rescue when I need something great! I think I’ve tried this same recipe with chocolate cake before – perhaps buttercream would be better? Dunno.

5 nial fuller June 1, 2010 at 1:52 am

ATK typically comes to my rescue …Love me some cream cheese frosting. I will have to give this a try and your cinnamon roll recipie.

6 Katie Gray July 1, 2011 at 1:36 am

the sound is great! i have never tried this before. ATK is really nice ! i start to love this.

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