Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a recipe for melt-in-your-mouth homemade decorator cream cheese frosting for carrot cake cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin bars, cakes, cookies, and much more.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Confectioners Sugar (Icing Sugar)
  • Butter
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Shortening

What if the frosting is too thick?

If your frosting is too thick add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Mixing cream cheese frosting in a stand mixer

What if it’s too runny or thin?

Adding more powdered sugar is the best way to thicken frosting that is too runny. However, it can also make the frosting too sweet so it is best to add small amounts.

Add 1-2 tablespoons at a time, to ensure it is maintaining the original flavor.

Is it hot and humid where you are?

Pop the frosting in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and allow it to cool down. This allows it to thicken up as it chills.

How do you thicken frosting without sugar?

Gelatin is a thickener that can be used to thicken the frosting. To avoid altering the flavor of your frosting, make unflavored gelatin, and allow it to cool. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the liquid gelatin to your frosting and chill it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to let it set.

Cream Cheese Frosting in a bowl

Decorating Cupcakes

This cream cheese frosting is perfect for decorating cupcakes and cakes! I add shortening to help the frosting maintain its shape, and it enhances the rich flavor at the same time.

What tip do you use to pipe cupcakes?

Wilton’s 2D or 1M are perfect star-shaped tips for piping cupcakes. Another option is 2A, which allows you to have a smooth, round top.

Piping cream cheese frosting onto a cupcake

How do you pipe a cupcake?

Check out my cupcake baking guide that answers all of your questions about baking, ingredient substitutes, and decorating the perfect cupcakes!

Does cream cheese frosting need to be refrigerated?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is safest to be refrigerated within two hours of use. This includes the time you begin making your frosting and also applies to all frosted baked goods.

With that being said, each cupcake, cake, or cookie with cream cheese frosting should be refrigerated within two hours of frosting or serving for the safest food practices.

What can cream cheese frosting be used for?

Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Tiffany
Creamy, melt-in-your-mouth homemade decorator cream cheese frosting that is the perfect topping for red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin bars, cakes, cookies, and more!
4.63 from 24 votes
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Cupcakes or Two 8″ Round Cakes
Calories 253 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 16 ounces Cream Cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • If too thick add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, blend together cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, and shortening.
  • Slowly begin adding powdered sugar and blend well. Slowly begin adding powdered sugar and blend well. If too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until desired consistency. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 61mgSugar: 38g

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    The cupcakes turned out great and I liked all your helpful ideas about how to make buttermilk and the cake flour. used both of them.

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