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Cream Cheese Frosting: 

  • 8 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened (I prefer 1/4 cup unsalted and 1/4 cup salted)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (I recommend using a beater blade), whip cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy. Mix in vanilla, then stir in powdered sugar and continue to whip until smooth and fluffy (if it seems slightly runny, chill then stir before piping or spreading). *Just thought I'd throw it out there, if you only have salted butter that will be fine for this recipe, simply reduce the salt to 1/4 tsp. Also, when softening your butter, you can either leave it out to nearly reach room temp, or you can heat it in the microwave, rotating it about every 4 seconds until soft (so it softens evenly). Just don't let it melt. Pipe Frosting on cupcakes and Enjoy!!!