Best Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Cloud Frosting – 

You have arrived at frosting nirvana, a sumptuous balance of lightness and body without a hint of grittiness. My goodness, I’m waxing poetic about a cake topping! I just can’t help it. Put simply, this is the best vanilla frosting ever.

The Best Vanilla Frosting Recipe – 

You need just four ingredients for this hybrid whipped cream-cream cheese frosting and you can whip it together in less than ten minutes.

Cream Cheese and Powdered Sugar
First, beat 8 ounces of softened cream cheese with two cups of powdered sugar and two teaspoons of vanilla extract. You could replace the extract with vanilla bean paste or vanilla bean seeds if you want to get fancy. 

A container of whipped cream

In a separate bowl with clean beaters, whip two cups of heavy cream until stiff. 

Folding Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese
Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. To fold, scrape a rubber spatula down the edge of the bowl, bring it across the bottom, then pull it gently back over the top. Do this repeatedly until you see no more streaks.

It’s so important to be gentle because you want to keep as much air in the mixture as possible. That’s what gives it the cloud-like texture we’re looking for.

The Best Vanilla Frosting
It takes just about ten minutes to make this velvety frosting. You can use it on cakes or cupcakes. It also makes a fantastic dip for fruit and sweet crackers. 

Best Vanilla Frosting Recipe

I used my favorite Wilton 1M tip to pipe this swirl. Really, it’s so good you could skip the cake all together. Just grab a spoon and go to town. This is a judgment-free zone.

Vanilla Cloud Frosting
I originally created this recipe for Parade’s Community Table.

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Best Vanilla Frosting

Light as a cloud vanilla whipped cream-cream cheese frosting.

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  1. 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 cups powdered sugar
  3. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  1. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat heavy whipping cream until stiff.
  3. Gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until you see no more streaks. Serve.
  1. Store tightly covered in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  2. This is a soft frosting meant for covering cakes and topping cupcakes. It is not stiff enough to pipe flowers or intricate decorations.
  3. This recipe generously frosts 30 cupcakes or frosts and fills a 9 inch cake.
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8 comments on Best Vanilla Frosting

  1. A_Boleyn
    April 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm (7 years ago)

    The frosting looks gorgeous on top of the moist chocolate cupcake. Great piping job.

  2. Heather
    April 27, 2015 at 10:45 pm (7 years ago)

    This frosting looks so good! I’m not a fan of butter cream frosting and have been looking for an alternative, that would still pipe well on top of my cupcakes. Does it hold up well when its not refrigerated for a few hours?

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      April 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Heather! This is definitely a great alternative for people who don’t like buttercream. It pipes beautifully on cupcakes. It will hold up outside of the refrigerator for a few hours. However, I can’t recommend that you leave it out that long for food safety reasons.

  3. Laurie
    December 13, 2015 at 7:58 am (7 years ago)

    How long does it hold up in the fridge? Any melting off the cake?

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      December 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm (7 years ago)

      You can keep it refrigerated for up to two days. I have never had a problem with it melting.

  4. Pauline
    February 21, 2016 at 9:26 am (6 years ago)

    I am looking for a recipe that is very close to the Betty Crocker Whipped vanilla can frosting. Could you tell me if this recipe is tastes very close to that? Thanks!

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      March 6, 2016 at 11:59 am (6 years ago)

      Hello Pauline,
      This is nothing like canned frosting. It’s so much better! I don’t have any recipes that taste like canned frosting. After you find a homemade frosting you like, I’m sure you won’t want to use that anymore!