Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

I went a little crazy at Publix the other day. You see Pillsbury released a special holiday Cinnamon Bun Cake Mix, and I may have bought 3 boxes without even thinking about it. Okay, there was a little thought, but it went something like “Look! Special cinnamon cake!  Andy likes cinnamon and cake. I should buy a couple just in case they’re awesome.”  Fast forward to me trying to shove the boxes into my all ready jam-packed pantry and realizing that they would be in there forever if we didn’t like them. So, I decided to whip up a batch the week before Thanksgiving, knowing that if they weren’t our cup of tea, I could unload the extra mixes on unsuspecting family members. Plus, it gave me an excuse to try out a frosting recipe from Little City Adventures that I had my eye on.



  • 12oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2-4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2oz can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until combined and creamy.
  2. Add the vanilla and half of the confectioner’s sugar. Beat until combined and creamy.
  3. Add the remaining confectioner’s sugar and the milk. Beat until combined.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
  5. Once combined, continue mixing for at least 3 more minutes to create a light and fluffy frosting.
  6. Enjoy!


  • I was a tiny bit disappointed that this frosting never got fluffy. I tend to like a “lighter” frosting, but if thick and sinfully rich is your thing, this is the recipe for you.
  • While not my ideal texture, flavor-wise this was spot on. The cranberry and orange cut some of the richness, and I found myself eating far more than I should.
  • Also, the cake mix was really good. It was very cinnamon-y, and I could even see eating it without frosting. The house smelled amazing while it was baking.

About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm thirty one. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adult's body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.