Cream Cheese Frosting from An American Housewife

Last week while I was doing the baking of the cupcakes and cheesecake for Easter Sunday I ended up with leftover frosting from the cupcakes. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with that frosting! I baked a large pan of pumpkin bars as well and while they were baking I added softened cream cheese to my cupcake frosting and now that I had 'cream cheese' frosting it was going to be absolutely yummy on my pumpkin bars! (And it was!)

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 c shortening
1 c butter
8 oz. cream cheese, soft
4 c powdered sugar
3/4 c marshmallow cream
4 t vanilla extract

Cream the butter, shortening and cream cheese until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat on low 30 seconds and high 2-5 minutes until it looks like whipped cream.

The Pumpkin Bars - batter stage before baking

Pumpkin Bars

2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1 t salt
4 eggs
1 (15oz.) can pumpkin
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c canola oil

Beat the pumpkin, oil, sugar and eggs until smooth. Add the dry ingredients. Mix well and pour into a prepared jelly roll pan with 1 inch sides. (You can use a 9X13 pan but you'll end up with a pumpkin cake rather than bars... which is still good!). Bake at 350 for 25 minutes until done in the center. Cool completely. Mix the frosting ingredients and spread over all.Print Friendly and PDF