Small Batch Cream Cheese Frosting

Hello my sweet friends!

I am back again with a new recipe but this time it will be on the naughty side!

Small batch of beautiful butter cream frosting

This is by no means a healthy recipe but, it does come in handy when in need of a small batch cream cheese frosting recipe!

For us, March and April are so full of birthday and events that require some baking!! Which I am by no means complaining about!

My passion for baking has started at a very young age. I remember wanting to mix random stuff together to create recipes when I was younger and guess what… sometimes they worked and sometimes they were terrible !!

But still, it is because of this curiosity that I was able to become as good as I am now!

Some of my early “fancy” baking memories as I would call them were memories of making cupcakes and elaborately decorating them!

Chocolate cupcake with a dollop of cream cheese frosting and a light dusting of hershey's cocoa! 
Chocolate cupcake with a dollop of cream cheese frosting and a light dusting of Hershey’s cocoa!



That was the easiest thing to make but gave me so much room for creativity!

I went out and purchased some piping bags as well as son Wilton piping tips and started playing around!

I can still feel how proud and excited I was when I started decorating my first cupcakes and then cakes. Now looking back they were so simple

Types of frostings

  • Basic Buttercream
    • This is one of the most common types of frosting recipe. The base is usually made by mixing butter or shortening with icing sugar. The basic buttercream can also be flavored with fruit zests to elevate the flavors.
    • A good recipe for this would be on the Live Well Bake Often webstie. Danielle the writer on this blog gives detailed instructions on how to make buttercream frosting, she also give a multitude of different recipe for different flavored buttercreams as well!
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
    Small batch of cream cheese frosting
      • When we say cream cheese frosting, my mind right away goes to this beautiful red velvet we used to often get from a bakery near my house! Cream cheese frosting as the title states is a frosting made out of cream cheese, it does also contain butter and icing sugar as well.
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream
    • Swiss meringue buttercream has a base of swiss meringue which is prepared by beating eggs whites and sugar on a double boiler. You will then slowly add cubes of room temperature butter to the meringue while it is cold and beat it. This is more complicated than a regular buttercream frosting but will yield a batch of amazingly flavored frosting!
    • A great recipe for the Swiss meringue recipe could be found at Liv For cake. Olivia, the writer has very detailed explanation on how to achieve the perfect swiss meringue. She also has pictures that go along the explanations to make it easier on every home chef out there!
  • Italian Meringue Buttercream
    • The Italian meringue buttercream is very similar to the Swiss meringue except for the fact that you do not beat the egg whites and sugar over a double boiler. Instead, this recipe calls for the sugar syrup, while beating the egg whites, slowly drizzle the hot sugar mixture in. This will create a beautiful stiff meringue on which we will then add the softened cubed of butter and beat.
    • For a lucious Italiam meringue butter cream recipe check out Of Batter and Dough. The author Rebecca offers many handy dandy tips and tricks on making the most perfect Italian meringue butter cream and getting it right the first time around.
  • French Meringue Buttercream
    • Again, this French meringue buttercream is very similar to the Swiss and Italian meringue recipes above. Instead of using egg whites though, the French meringue uses egg yolks. After beating these egg yolks, you would gently rizzle the hot sugar syrup in while still beating the egg yolk and then you’d add the softened butter cubes!
    • For a yummy yet fancy French meringue butter cream, check out Boston Girl Bakes.  Heather the writer on this blog has a recipe where she shows you a step by step tutorial (using photos) on how to make this delicious frosting recipe!

Small Batch cream cheese frosting

Buttercream frosting recipe

Small Batch cream cheese frosting

This is a very easy and simple recipe for cream cheese frosting! This classic frosting uses cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, and powdered sugar. It goes amazingly well with cupcakes, cakes, and cookies. And since it is a small batch you will not find yourself wasting any leftovers!
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American butter cream, buttercream, cupcake frosting, frosting, vanilla frosting
Servings: 1 cups
Author: Chahinez


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 oz salted butter
  • 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Start by beating the butter and cream cheese until everything is well combined
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar and finish it off with the vanilla extract
  • Pipe, spread, or store it in the fridge for later use.


I like to use cold cream cheese and butter for this recipe because I feel like it gives me a better result. You will need a strong mixed to get everything well incorporated though!

Cream cheese frosting on chocolate cupcake

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