close up image of carrot cake cupcake being frosted with cream cheese frosting
Cream Cheese Frosting
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Prep: 5 min
Yield: 8 cups
For carrot cake or carrot cake cupcakes, this classic cream cheese frosting recipe is truly the icing on the cake. Fresh orange juice and a hint of freshly zested orange peel add a tart, citrusy flavor note that complements the nutty flavor of carrot cake.
  • 2 2/3 sticks (1 1/3 cups) (302.4 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 (8-ounce) packages (32 ounces) cream cheese, cold
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) vanilla
  • 5 cups (477.5 grams) confectioners’ sugar, sift before measuring
  • 4 teaspoons (20.5 grams) fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, freshly zested
  1. In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat together butter, cream cheese and vanilla until just blended. Beat in sugar in 3 batches until smooth. Stir in orange juice and zest.

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