Easy Cream Cheese Butter Cream Frosting and How to Frost Cupcakes

I had so much fun, this weekend, baking with my ten-year-old.  Earlier in the week, we received a special Easter basket, designed for us at Plastic Container City.  When I opened the box and pulled out the basket, our daughter was excitedly doing a little “happy dance” all around the kitchen.  She loves being in the kitchen with me and especially loves decorating cupcakes, so this wonderful basket of products was a perfect review activity for us to work on together!  And even more fun??!!!  One Busy-at-Home reader will win the exact same gift basket full of Easter cupcake goodies!  Be sure to enter the giveaway, below.

brwon basket

This gorgeous rolled wheat basket arrived full of Plastic Container City products selected especially for creating a spring/Easter cupcake feast!


Plastic Container City products

You can see why the “happy dance” got going when we pulled these fun products out of the basket: a Wilton muffin/ cupcake tin, candy pearls, star-shaped sprinkles, reversible cupcake wrappers, paper cupcake liners and more!


cupcake liners

Eggs, bunnies and chicks – too cute! We also found these pretty cupcake liners – white and yellow tulip papers and cute polka dot liners. There was also a Wilton Cupcake Stand!

I wasn’t aware of Plastic Container City, previously, and I’m so glad now to have been introduced!  Not only do they carry some of my favorite kitchen and baking products from Wilton, they solve a huge problem for someone like me, who likes to share the bounty from her kitchen.  I love taking a meal or dessert to a friend or someone new to the neighborhood.  Gifts of food are almost always well-received, but it can sometimes be a hassle to transport them properly without using your regular baking pans and dishes.  Then the recipient is left with the burden of returning your bakeware and dishes, later.  Plastic Container City solved this dilemma for me with a multitude of creative disposable food storage, transport and display options.  I love all they have to offer!

I have no intention of admitting how much time I spent browsing their online catalog and discovering everything available there, but suffice it to say that I am aware of birthday party and wedding supplies, as well as kitchen apparel, in addition to adorable candy molds and candy making supplies.  They have every possible shape and size of takeout container you can imagine and I definitely found the bags I need for my over-sized loaves of bread.  I love their line of “ovenables” – plastic containers that can be used in the oven and then covered with the included lid for easy transport!  I’ll definitely be shopping there, again!

Another of my favorite items were the cupcake carriers.  We received six-cavity and single cavity ones to test, in our review basket.  Decorated cupcakes pose one of the greatest transport dilemmas of any baked good.  Placing them on a plate or tray runs the risk of “bumping” them together and smooshing icing from one into the icing of another.  All your efforts to decorate and make them beautiful are for naught.  Even if you do manage to keep them separated from one another, how do you cover them without crushing the icing and decorations?  Plastic wrap is NOT the solution.  lol  It sticks to the icing and leaves you with topless cupcakes when it is removed.  Those are a few of the reasons I was immediately hooked by all the wonderful options for cupcakes at Plastic Container City!  Not only are they perfect for gifting, potlucks and sharing, but these are a bake sale organizer’s dream!  Sell your cupcakes as singles, half-dozens or dozens!  They’ll be as beautiful and pristine when the purchaser gets them home, as when they were first decorated!  Cupcakes are nestled into their own round-walled section, keeping them from coming in contact with other cupcakes and the tall lids leave plenty of room for generous icing and decorations. Perfection!

takeout containers

We filled the six-cavity and single-cavity containers with our cupcake bounty, this weekend!  I love how each cupcake was cradled in its own space and protected from having it’s decorations messed up.  We reviewed the six-cavity cupcake containers with deep lid and the single cupcake containers with hinged lid.


Our ten-year-old mixed up the cupcake batter and selected cupcake liners from our gift basket to put into the Wilton standard 12-cup muffin pan we tested.

mixing cupcakes

Mixing up the cupcake batter.


tulip papers

One cupcake pan, fitted with liners and ready to be filled.


filling cupcake papers

Filling the liners with cupcake batter. One cake mix made 24 cup cakes and we filled the liners about 2/3 full, which was slightly less than 1/4 cup of batter.


While the cupcakes were baking, we assembled the cute Wilton Springtime Green Cupcake Stand that was included in our review basket.  I’m excited that Plastic Container City carries so many of my favorite Wilton products for baking and decorating!  The stand went together in less than five minutes and was ready to be decorated with cupcakes.

Wilton cupcake stand

Don’t you love the springy green color? This was easy to assemble and made a really fun display!


We mixed up our favorite Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting and divided it into thirds.  One third was left white, one third colored green and the other third was dyed pink.  Once our cupcakes were cool, we had a decorating extravaganza, using the Wilton decorations included in our review basket and a few jelly beans from the pantry.  Our ten-year-old and our three grandkids were in cupcake heaven this weekend!  My “big kids” were pretty happy, too!

cupcakes on stand

Yum! Sugar high, here we come! :) I love how the tulip papers look like lilies or flower petals!  You really notice it when you look into them from the top, since the cupcakes become the flower “centers”.



The pale green candy pearls were one of our favorite decorating tools.  If you were going for a very grown-up elegant look on a cupcake, these would be perfect all by themselves!



Of course these adorable bunnies and chicks, along with the candy star sprinkles were a real crowd-pleaser with our ten-year-old and her friends as well as with our grandkids!



Here’s a better shot of the tulip paper liners from the top.  I think they’re so adorable and “spring garden” looking, with the cupcakes as the “center” of the flowers.


Plastic Container City also offers a wide array of cupcake wrappers.  We got to test these cute Happy Easter reversible ones that were pink and white polka dots on the back side.

cupcake wrappers

The kids like both sides of these reversible cupcake wrappers and there are many designs to choose from at the Plastic Container City website.

So, lest you think Plastic Container City is only about plastic containers (though I have to say their plastic containers are exceptional!), I wanted to share this yummy post and show you that they have so many reasonably-priced items for your kitchen and baking needs, whether it’s for everyday cooking or special occasions and gifts.  Be sure to check out their online store and find some great bargains for your own kitchen!

5 from 1 reviews
Glenda's Easy Cream Cheese Butter Cream Frosting
This frosting is DELISH and you won't want to buy canned frosting, again, after you discover how easy and tasty it is!
Serves: Enough for 24 cupcakes or a 9x13 cake.
  • ¾ cup softened butter
  • 8 oz block softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk, as needed
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix until it is completely combined and no sugar powder is visible.
  3. At this point, I test the thickness of my icing. Depending on the humidity in the air and the how I will be using it, I will either leave it as is or thin it with a few drops of milk at a time, to reach the desired consistency.
  4. To just frost a cake or cupcakes without making detailed decorations I usually add the milk, so the frosting is creamy and spreadable.
  5. If I'm going to use it in decorator bags to create a decorated cake design, I will want it more firm, so will leave it as is, or on occasion, if there is high humidity, I might even add an extra ¼ cup of powdered sugar to firm it up.


Be sure to enter the fantastic giveaway, for all the products I tested in this review, with the Rafflecopter form below.  It’s super simple.  Just visit Plastic Container City and pick out the product you’d most love to try. (I totally understand there will be several, but for the purposes of this giveaway, you olnly need one. :)) Leave a comment on this post, telling me which product you picked. Then hit the DO IT button in the form below, click Enter  and that’s it! You’ll unlock several new optional entries, too, to increase your chances. Good luck!

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I received the gift basket pictured from Plastic Container City, in order to test the products in my own kitchen and write this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the products.  Plastic Container City will ship the giveaway prize directly to the winner, at the conclusion of this giveaway.


  1. MommaMary says

    4 Tier Stacked Dessert Tower It looks fantastic! Also loved the paper baking molds, I had never seen them for sale before.

  2. Karen Propes says

    4 & 5″ Cake Container with Dome, that’s what I need before Easter backing comes round.
    Also love the Happy Easter Pop Top – 1 piece
    Dimensions: 6 1/2″
    Thanks for Giveaway…. Love this!!!!

  3. Rust says

    Great site for plastic containers! I like the 3 Dozen Cookie Container – great for sending cookies out to friends.

  4. Nancy E says

    Right now I would love the Easter Trail Picks for my Easter cupcakes but I found several “must haves: on the site. Thank You for my chance to enter.

  5. Amanda Kinder says

    I’d love to try the Teddy Bear Cake Pan. I used to have one, but have no idea where it went.

  6. Holly S. says

    They have Dried Seaweed for Sushi!!! I have always wanted to make my own; even bought a (non)cookbook, but can’t get the wrappers locally. Cool!

  7. Robin says

    You’re right – so many items on my wish list. The Birds Of Fancy Dec-Ons are really cute – but so are all the other seasonal decorations. Makes me want to go bake!

  8. says

    The 4 Dozen Cookie Container. Everytime I bring a bunch of cookies to a get together I always have to figure out what to bring them in! This would be helpful!

  9. Sandy VanHoey says

    I found the Aluminum Heart Cookie Treat Pan that I liked. My daughter bakes alot, for kids in school & friends. This is such an awesome giveaway and thanks for the recipe! I just printed it

  10. Jena says

    I would to get a Cupcake Box, Chocolate Brown Window Box for 2 Cupcakes! Perfect for delivering gifts!

  11. Liz Terek says

    Please tell the young lady in the picture that My son says, “Awesome Perry the Platypus Shirt!”

  12. Victoria Russell says

    I never knew about this site – so perfect for the baked goods I send. I need to try their 10 x 10 x 5″ Strawberry Pink Cake Box!

  13. Amy says

    I am always baking, so I would love to find some disposable containers to use to give my cupcakes to friends!

  14. Karlene Shamir says

    id like to try the cupcake boxes! my grandmother just started her own business, they’d be a really cute addition :)

  15. Dottie Prater says

    I love their baking molds. With 2 granddaughters loving to bake with me, I think you just found us our NEW supplier. THANK YOU!!

  16. Kasee Johnson says

    I would love to use the 7 oz clear bottle with red lid, for Spices. I enjoy buying items in bulk and sharing, and these would be perfect for handing out the spices.

  17. says

    OOOH! I love kitchen stuff so I am all over this! I think the Deep Jumbo Plastic Container would be handy to have around for packaging food and other stuff in. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. kay swederski says

    Wow – I didn’t know you could buy all these differnet type of containers. I would like to try Microwave Container, 2 Compartment ~ be great for bring left overs for lunch.

  19. moniquehasana says

    I would love to try the ice cream cone holder. thank you for this giveaway and have a blessed day

  20. Susan Ladd says

    I found the Decorations for my cupcakes on the site. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :)

  21. jeanelle morescalchi says

    I would love to try the cupcake wrappers, they are all so cute and they look so much nicer then just regular wrappers

  22. Teresa Russell says

    OMG!! That site is fabulous. There are dozens of products I would like to use. From cupcake boxes, containers, to cupcake liners, to the decorations for cakes and cupcakes. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  23. Carol says

    I like the 1/4 Sheet Cake Containers Low Dome with Black Base
    SKU: W-PQS375-combo-1
    Dimensions: 13 3/4 x 10 x 3 1/4 ”

    These are amazing, I just may order some!

  24. katie says

    Love it! I was just pinning easter cupcakes on pinterest last night lol!
    Love the Dino Edibles – 8 pack. Would be perfect for my son’s upcoming dino party

  25. Anna says

    2″ x 1.75″ Notion (Cube) would be perfect for dessert when you have a lot of people over. – perfect for chocolate mousse

  26. Lucy Schwartz says

    I would like the Plastic Cookie Containers. I would like to use them for the many bake sales ther are during th3 year – school , church etc. It would be so much nicer for the purchaser to take the cookies home.

  27. Debbie C says

    I would like to try the 14″ Canterbury Bell Lace Paper Doilies. They are beautiful!


  28. says

    ooooh! all the lovely things! excuse me while I go shop a while…
    … Seriously though, I found so many products that would be useful to an avid baker like me! The Pie containers, for when I bake pies for friends & family during the holidays… the cupcake boxes for the same reason… but especially the plastic tubs or cookie containers for shipping my yearly big batch of cookies to my son (& mates) in the Navy!
    I love the fact that they also have all the baking supplies and decorating tools you will need as well! Thank you for sharing! I have found a new source~

  29. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says

    They have so many things to choose from, I would like to have the Pop Display Treat Stand.
    thanks for the giveaway

  30. Lynn says

    Oh wow i would so love to have a cookie press, that seems cool but the apricot filling sounds yummie. hope to win…never made cupcakes before:) thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Kathy Goyer says

    I love the Princess Combo Cupcake Wrappers -24 pcs they are adorable, I know my granddaughter would love these on her birthday. She is in love with cupcakes, and this would be perfect!

  32. says

    Oh man I think the Free-Standing Liner Cups are a fantastic idea! Being able to make cupcakes or mini pies without having to have the perfect pan is a great time and money saver!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  33. Russell Moore says

    The 12″ Diameter Black Cookie Platter with Clear Dome. I send cookies to work with my wife all the time.

  34. says

    Oooo, I’d be doing the *happy* dance if I win!! Thank you for the op!!

    Plasticcontainercity.com has loads of cool things & reasonably priced! I love the Step-By-Step Bunny Pan…how adorable!

  35. Maureen G says

    I like the 4 Dozen Cookie Container because I bake a lot and mail of dozens of cookies to friends & relatives. This would hold a good amount.

    Your cupcakes looked very professional! Your daughter looked as if she was having a wonderful time!

  36. Bonnigene says

    I really love the food color markers on the website and the 6 pk of decorated easter egg decorations.

  37. shirley pebbles says

    I like their Food color markers

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  38. Aaron Bretveld says

    I would like to have the cupcake containers. It makes it a lot easier to transport them without having to be nervous every time you stop.

  39. Jennifer Shaw says

    I really like the cupcake boxes. Any of the items would be great for me since we have a lot of bake sales at my place of employment to raise money for Relay For Life.


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