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  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered (10X) sugar, sifted


Serves: Makes about 3 cups, enough to fill and ice one 9-inch cake


Place cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix at medium speed until creamy, approximately 30 seconds.

With the motor running, pour in the vanilla and mix for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, a little at a time, and mix until smooth, approximately 1 minute after the last addition.

Use right away, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.