Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

madagascar vanilla bean cream cheese frosting on vanilla cupcakes

I have always loved frosting! But one thing I don’t love is overpowering sweetness. Most frostings get too sweet, too quickly, BUT… never fear! I have mastered a perfectly balanced frosting that is sure to please even the pickiest dessert connoiseseur. This frosting is incredibly versatile, but we always love it on top of our Red Velvet Cupcakes, and we’re sure you will too. You can also use it on cakes and other desserts. The Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean is the star of the show, adding delicate flavor and sweetness. The possibilities are endless with a frosting as fantastic as this one! 

This recipe was developed and written by actual humans, not robots or artificial intelligence. What a crazy time we live in!


The best vanilla flavor comes from natural vanilla beans, and the best vanilla beans (a.k.a. pods) in the world are found on an island off of the eastern coast of Africa, Madagascar. Vanilla beans have been harvested in this region for a very long time, and the climate is unique and perfect for growing this valuable crop.

Vanilla beans with lone goose bakery logo over it

We’ve focused on providing premium baking products, and the vanilla products included in this recipe are all made with the best Grade A Madagascar Vanilla. You will be able to tell the difference between low quality vanilla “flavoring” and the taste of high-quality vanilla beans grown in nature. You could substitute and use low quality vanilla in the recipe below, but the flavor will not be the same. Whether you buy from us or another vendor, we hope you choose Madagascar Vanilla to get the most out of your Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting.


You might be using the words frosting and icing interchangeably (I know I’ve done it!), but there is actually a difference between these two sweet treats. Frosting, like this Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, uses some sort of fat (in this case cream cheese) to create a substance that holds its form. It is important for frosting to hold its shape, as it is often placed upon cupcakes and cakes.

Icing is usually made up of sugar or another sweetener mixed with a liquid that makes it spread easily and not hold its form. Icing is more commonly used on cookies and doughnuts.

You can actually put these two friends together and use icing to decorate on top of frosting, which is a common on birthday cakes. Now, you’re ready! The next time you hear someone use the term “frosting” instead of “icing,” you’ll know the truth!

madagascar vanilla bean cream cheese frosting on vanilla cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

Deliciously smooth vanilla bean cream cheese frosting made with premium Madagascar Vanilla
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 mini cupcakes (10 large cupcakes)


  • 1 Electric Mixer
  • 1 Mixing Bowl


  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean (recommend Madagascar Vanilla Bean – see "Notes" below)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Extract (recommend Madagascar Extract – see "Notes" below)
  • 1 dash Salt
  • 4 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp Milk


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and scraped vanilla bean until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in vanilla extract and salt, mixing well.  
  • Blend in powdered sugar a little at a time until fully incorporated, adding milk as needed to keep the frosting smooth and fluffy.  
  • Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week



You can buy our delicious Grade A Madagascar Vanilla Beans and our Traditional Madagascar Vanilla Bean Extract on our Lone Goose Bakery “Shop” page to guarantee the premium vanilla flavor.
Keyword Cupcakes, Frosting, Vanilla

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