Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

So yesterday I got sucked into watching a few episodes of Cake Boss. I normally don’t watch this show, mainly because I think he is really annoying to listen too. When I was in Hoboken in July to visit my brother I walked by Carlo’s since it is right on the way to the Path. Even at 9:30am there is a line inside the bakery, outside the bakery, and across the street in front of the CVS. It is absolutely insane! I was remotely tempted to get a treat there, but once I saw the line I knew it wasn’t worth it.

Anyway, of course as I am watching the show I begin craving some sort of bakery treat…especially cupcakes. As I search through my pantry I am delighted to see that I have all the ingredients to make cupcakes and a delicious chocolate frosting. I will admit, the cake batter is Betty Crocker French Vanilla (gasp!).
I found an easy chocolate frosting recipe on All Recipes, but after making it it just tasted very generic to me, nothing overly special about it. I decided to add 3oz of some cream cheese I had left over and boy did that do the trick! It made the frosting extra creamy and added a new depth to the chocolate flavor. This is a keeper!

-2 sticks butter, softened
-2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-1 cup cocoa powder
-1 tablespoon whole milk or half & half
-3 oz cream cheese, softened
-1/2 tsp vanilla
1. With a handheld mixer, cream the butter and the powdered sugar. Next, add the cocoa and tablespoon of milk. Add the cream cheese and the vanilla and beat until all the cream cheese is smooth and combined.
Adapted From: All Recipes

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