The addition of sour cream turns this Cream Cheese Frosting into a silky smooth over the top delectable frosting. Once you taste it, you won’t go back to making regular cream cheese frosting!

Cream cheese sour cream frosting.

If you’re a fan of cream cheese frosting, then you’re really going to love this version with added sour cream. The sour cream adds a tanginess, making it not so cloyingly sweet, and upgrades the frosting to a perfect silky smooth texture and divine flavor.

I’m okay with regular cream cheese frosting, however, I do find it a bit too sweet for my liking. I didn’t realize how much adding in some sour cream to this basic frosting could take it to a whole new level, until I tried it. Never going back!

Ingredients

You probably already have the ingredients to make this easy frosting recipe.

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

How to make cream cheese sour cream frosting.

  1. Add the cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on high speed until it’s creamy and free of any lumps. Stop and scrape down the sides and under the paddle attachment, to make sure you get all of the lumps. Don’t add the butter or other ingredients until all of the lumps are removed.
  2. Add the butter, sour cream, and vanilla extract, and mix until all ingredients are throughly combined.
  3. Sift in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Keep mixing until the frosting is very smooth and spreadable.

Pro tips for making this recipe

  • In this recipe and any other frosting recipe using cream cheese, always mix the cream cheese by itself first, making sure to mix it until it’s very smooth and free of any lumps, before adding the butter or any other ingredients. Once you add other ingredients, it’s very hard to remove any lumps of cream cheese.
  • Make sure to sift the powdered sugar into the bowl. If you don’t sift the powdered sugar, it can remain lumpy, especially after being compacted in a bag or container. If you want silky smooth frosting, sift it.

How much frosting does this recipe make?

This recipe makes about 2 cups of frosting. It’s plenty enough to frost one 9-inch two layer cake, one 9 x 13 cake or 12 cupcakes.

Can I freeze cream cheese sour cream frosting?

Yes. This frosting contains quite a bit of fat content, making it a good freezer frosting. Place the frosting in an airtight freezer safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months. Place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight, then leave it on a counter to come to spreadable consistency.

How Long can this frosting set out at room temperature?

You can leave a cake or cupcakes frosted with this frosting set at room temperature for up to 8 hours. After that, make sure to refrigerate it.

How to store this frosting

Store frosting in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. To use, allow it to set out of the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Mix it with a mixer until it’s nice and smooth again. If it seems too thick, (it shouldn’t), add about 1 teaspoon of milk or sour cream.

More frosting recipes you might like…

Butterscotch Frosting

Seven Minute Frosting

Coconut Pecan Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

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Cream cheese sour cream frosting.

Cream Cheese Sour Cream Frosting

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  • Author: Cindy @mycountrytable
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Frosting
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Adding sour cream to this basic cream cheese frosting takes it to a whole new level. It’s super satiny smooth, and the tanginess from the sour cream takes away some of the cloyingly sweet taste of regular cream cheese frosting.


Ingredients

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  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted


Instructions

  1. Add the cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on high speed until it’s creamy and free of any lumps. Stop and scrape down the sides and under the paddle attachment, to make sure you get all of the lumps. Don’t add the butter until all of the lumps are removed.
  2. Add the butter, sour cream, and extract, and mix until creamy and smooth.
  3. Sift in the sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. If you want your frosting to be a tiny bit thicker for piping, simply add a little more sugar.

Notes

  • Frost a two layer cake, one 9 x 13 cake, or up to 12 cupcakes with this frosting.
  • If you’re using this frosting to pipe onto a cake or cupcakes, you might need to add a little more powdered sugar for a perfect piping consistency.¬†
  • If you’re not using this frosting right away, you can store it for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to use it, let it set out of the refrigerator for about 15 minutes, and use a mixer to whip it to a smooth consistency again.¬†
  • If you want to freeze it, transfer it to a freezer container and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in a refrigerator, then allow it to set on a counter for about 15 minutes. Use a mixer to whip it to a creamy smooth consistency again.¬†