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Creamy Vanilla Almond Icing

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Take your basic buttercream recipe, add cream cheese, powdered sugar, and almond extract for this Creamy Vanilla Almond Icing.
by: Good Life Eats
Updated Apr 24, 2017
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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 of a vanilla bean, seeds only


  • 1
    Combine the butter and cream cheese in a bowl with an electric beater (either hand mixer or stand mixer). Beat for a minute or two, until combined and smooth.
  • 2
    Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, about 1/2 to 1 cup at a time, mixing slowly after adding each scoop.
  • 3
    After incorporating all the powdered sugar, add the vanilla bean and almond extract. Beat until well mixed.
  • 4
    Spread over cupcakes or cakes. If you wish to use this for piping, fit the bag with your desired tip, fill the bag with icing, and then refrigerate for about 15 minutes so the frosting can chill. Then, pipe as desired.

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More About This Recipe

  • My kids love to make cupcakes, but the most exciting part for them is the frosting. They love switching up the colors because to them it's a completely different frosting even if the flavor is the same. One of our favorite recipes is this Creamy Vanilla Almond Frosting. I took a basic buttercream recipe and changed it up a bit. By adding some cream cheese, the frosting takes on a creamier consistency. You don't add enough to turn it into cream cheese frosting though. Then, to compensate for the cream cheese that has been added I add a bit of extra powdered sugar so it is still thick enough for piping and maintaining its shape. Add a little bit of almond extract and you've got a brand new frosting. This recipe is great for cupcakes, of course. Vanilla-almond is a great flavor combo for white cake and chocolate. We like to fit the bag with a star tip (Wilton 32) and dot the tops of the cupcakes with lots of stars. Just squeeze and pull up for each star dot. I like to use disposable decorating bags for the frosting because it makes clean up fast and easy. You can also use this frosting for cakes, but my kids usually don't have the patience that is involved for waiting for the cake to bake and cool before frosting it.
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