I optimized this recipe recently and now I use it for everything from sugar cookies to cakes. I think traditional buttercream is too strong and most cream cheese frosting recipes are too soft for decorating. This has just the right amount of cream cheese and as long as you add the right amount of milk it's also perfect when using a piping bag. I prefer to use a hand mixer with this recipe instead of a stand mixer. It provides better control and you won't have to scrape down the sides. It should frost at least 2 dozen sugar cookies or one layer of an eight inch cake.
|1/4 cup salted butter (room temp)|
|2 ounces cream cheese (room temp)|
|1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt|
|1 teaspoon vanilla extract (white or dark)|
|300 grams powdered sugar|
|1-2 tablespoon milk|
In a medium mixing bowl, whip butter and cream cheese together with hand mixer until smooth. Mix in salt and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and mix with hand mixer at high speed until it clumps together and a stiff ball starts to form. Mix in milk in teaspoons or drops to achieve desired consistency. I always check my consistency with a butter knife. Since this frosting has cream cheese in it, it should be refrigerated if not consumed the same day.