Which topping deserves to decorate your red velvet cupcakes? Get spready to find out!
cream cheese frosting red velvet cupcake
Photography by Peter Ardito
| Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito


Sure, making your own frosting involves some effort, but it's not like you're gonna pull a muscle! The recipe below strikes the perfect sweet-tangy balance, and it's smoother than store-bought frosting. Plus, you get to lick the beaters. Prep: 6 minutes, Price: 25¢ per oz.


A tub off the shelf is cheap and convenient, but what you're getting is mostly oil and sugar. What you're not getting? Cream cheese! Most brands don't contain any. They're great in a pinch, but if you've got a few minutes, homemade is worth it. Prep: 0 minutes, Price: 12¢ per oz.

And the winner is... Homemade!

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting 

Using a mixer, beat 8 oz. cubed chilled cream cheese with 1 stick room-temperature butter and a pinch of salt until creamy. Add 2  1/2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar, beating in 1 cup at a time, until frosting is the desired thickness.