Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cupcake Frosting

No cupcake is complete without frosting, and one of the most popular frosting is cream cheese frosting. Basic cream cheese frosting can be altered with flavoring such as vanilla and maple to add some extra pizazz, but classic for me is alone, white.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz (2 sticks) unsalted butter
12 oz cream cheese
3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Make sure all of your ingredients are room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, mix butter on medium speed until light and creamy.

Add cream cheese and mix until fluffy.

Slowly add the sugar, one cup at a time. Continue to mix.

Finally, add the vanilla extract to the mixture and mix until it has a creamy consistency.

You can store this frosting for up to three days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. When you are ready to use it simply mix it with an electric mixer until it becomes smooth.

This should give you excellent frosting to top your cupcakes with! If you want to alter it to make it Maple Cream Cheese Frosting, simply add maple extract instead of vanilla. You can also play around with this cream cheese frosting by adding a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon. This will spice things up and tastes great on pumpkin cupcakes (Halloween!) or on apple spice cupcakes. Cream cheese frosting tastes great with most every cupcake though I wouldn't recommend topping off vanilla cupcakes with this frosting.

Basic Frosting

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