It’s not the cake…

“You’ve got this life and while you’ve got it, you’d better kiss like you only have one moment, try to hold someone’s hand like you will never get another chance to, look into people’s eyes like they’re the last you’ll ever see, watch someone sleeping like there’s no time left, jump if you feel like jumping, run if you feel like running, play music in your head when there is none, and eat cake like it’s the only one left in the world!” – C. JoyBell C.

It’s no secret that I love baking… there’s something special about baking a cake. From the moment you conceive it to the final presentation, a cake is filled with pure joy! But, frosting is a whole other story. It’s the best part of a cake. A good, balanced frosting can make a simple white cake taste extraordinary. Frosting IS the celebration! And, I’m a sucker for the homemade kind, none of that packaged crap, loaded with sugar. Yuck!


For Thanksgiving this year, I baked a carrot cake. I’ve been craving it for a few weeks now. Okay, let’s face it, no one craves the cake part…it’s the cream cheese frosting that’s the bee’s knees! That perfect blend of not too sweet and not too tangy cream cheese whipped to perfection. Yummmmmy!

Here’s a simple, yet knock your socks off, cream cheese frosting recipe that goes great with carrot, red velvet cake or any kind of bread. Enjoy!

“Cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!” – C. JoyBell C.

3 blocks cream cheese (24 oz room temperature)
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla with a handmixer until soft peaks form, about 2 mins. Add powered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and keep beating on low, scraping sides often. Lastly add lemon extract and combine all ingredients together. Do not overbeat, the total time should be under 5 min. The lemon adds a nice zing to this creamy concoction. Spoon gobfulls on to a cooled cake and resist the urge to lick your fingers. There is more than enough to cover 2 or 3 10″ layer cakes. This frosting is not overly sweet, but just perfect! Goldilocks would approve!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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