As a young intern in Washington D.C., I had discovered a small bake shop off of M St. in Georgetown. Little did I, or they, know that this bakeshop would soon get a TV show, grow immensely, and have locations across the U.S.
I was obsessed with their cupcakes, and when I asked why certain flavors had a particularly delectable frosting, they told me it's because those were made with cream cheese based frostings. I realized, this was the key to a delectable flavor profile that tickled my senses.
It's now something that I incorporate into most of my cakes, as a simple buttercream doesn't satisfy my tastebuds in the same way. After experimenting with different flavors, the recipe below is one I love to use again and again for most of my cakes. It's a fusion of my favorite flavor profiles: Afghan and American. Enjoy my Afghan Cream Cheese Frosting !
P.S. Looking for tools to frost your cakes? My favorites are all linked here.
Afghan Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
1 stick (1 tbsp) butter
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp rose water
8 oz cream cheese
Place butter and cream cheese out on countertop to come to room temperature, this will take 1-2 hours to soften.
Combine softened butter, cream cheese, condensed milk, and rose water in a bowl. Gently mix until well incorporated into an even frosting.