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Light and Fluffy Vanilla Frosting

Light and Fluffy Vanilla Frosting is a simple frosting that is made with both heavy cream and cream cheese. The result is light like whipped cream but holds its shape like cream cheese frosting.
This recipe makes enough for an 8” round or square cake or a dozen cupcakes.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: easy dessert recipe, frosting
Servings: 9
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $2.00


  • Stand Mixer or Handheld Mixer


  • 3 oz Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Heavy / Whipping Cream, chilled
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract


  • Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer. Turn the mixer on medium and beat until evenly combined.
  • Turn the mixer down to medium-low speed and slowly pour the heavy cream down the side of the bowl with the mixer running. Add vanilla extract.
  • When all of the cream and vanilla have been added, increase speed to medium-high until stiff peaks form. If the frosting is too thick to spread with a spatula, add more cream 1 Tablespoon at a time.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.


This frosting can be made up to a day ahead. Just transfer it to any container and cover with plastic wrap, pressing down to seal the top of the frosting. When you’re ready to use it, take it out of the refrigerator about an hour before using. Let it come close to room temperature and then give it a few really good stirs with a spatula before spreading it on the cake / cupcakes.


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 516IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg