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Decorator’s Cream Cheese Frosting {Perfect for Piping!}

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All of the tangy cream cheese flavor you love in the classic frosting, but sturdy enough to be piped and hold it’s shape. This decorator’s cream cheese frosting is the best parts of buttercream and cream cheese frosting combined.

swirl of decorator's cream cheese frosting piped on black slate with multi colored sprinkles on top

     It has been at least a week since I last shared a frosting recipe with you, so it is overdue! This frosting is worth the wait. It has the tang of cream cheese but it is perfect for piping into swirls, rosettes, shells and more.

       There are a few kinds of cake that just beg to be slathered with cream cheese frosting. Carrot cake and banana cakes are two obvious choices, but cream cheese also goes well with chocolate cake and many more.

mixer bowl filled with cream cheese frosting and mixer paddle

     The problem is the standard cream cheese frosting isn’t great for doing much more than spreading over the cake. It is soft and doesn’t hold it’s shape well.

      It is absolutely delicious, but not great for piping. And for frosting lovers like myself, sometimes a little bit of frosting spread on top of a cupcake isn’t enough.

       (It’s never enough!) Bring on the fluffy swirls of frosting!

mixer paddle filled with stiff but fluffy cream cheese frosting.

       Luckily this recipe allows you to have the best of both worlds. It pipes like and American buttercream dream but has that familiar cream cheese taste we love.

       The final product does form a slight crust, especially if chilled, that makes transportation a lot easier. It also helps it hold up to a little more warmth than a standard cream cheese frosting.

cream cheese frosting rosettes on cupcakes.

        For even more stability, you could substitute some shortening in for some of the butter. The higher melting point always helps to keep things a bit more resistant to temperature.

      You can definitely taste the cream cheese in the final product without any help. If you feel like it needs a little more though, a teaspoon of cream cheese emulsion will help drive the flavor home.

fluffy swirls of cream cheese frosting piped onto cupcakes.

        After several batches of this frosting in the past month, I can assure you that this frosting will be a hit.  You’ll see it featured on some pretty cookie stacks I’m sharing and also some super fun summer cupcakes.

         Go ahead and make a practice batch of frosting now so you’ll be ready for those when I share them!

dark chocolate cookie stacks with cream cheese frosting piped between the layers.

Yield: 30 Servings

Decorator's Cream Cheese Frosting

swirl of cream cheese frosting with sprinkles

All of the tangy cream cheese flavor you love in the classic frosting, but sturdy enough to be piped and hold it's shape. This decorator's cream cheese frosting is the best parts of buttercream and cream cheese frosting combined.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened*
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • optional: 1 teaspoon cream cheese emulsion

Instructions

  1. Beat together butter and cream cheese until super smooth and creamy.
  2. Add salt, powdered sugar, vanilla and cream cheese emulsion if using. Mix until combined.
  3. Add a tablespoon of milk and continue to mix for at least 2 minutes. Adjust final consistency with more milk or powdered sugar.
  4. Spread or pipe immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. 

Notes

*For added stability, substitute 1/4 cup of shortening for some of the butter

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

Did you make this recipe?

I'd love to see it! Share a picture on Instagram or Pinterest and tag me @carleecooks to let me know how it went!

All of the tangy cream cheese flavor you love in the classic frosting, but sturdy enough to be piped and hold it's shape. This decorator's cream cheese frosting is the best parts of buttercream and cream cheese frosting combined.

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Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Hey Carlee, I need strawberry cream cheese frosting. Could I just add a little bit of a strawberry puree reduction or will that totally change the consistency?

Carlee

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

That could definitely work. I would consider cooking them down a bit to make sure there's not too much liquid. I like getting some freeze dried strawberries and turning them into a powder and then adding them into the frosting.

Krisskross

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Does this color well? Do you think it will hold up for a small wedding cake?

Carlee

Saturday 9th of May 2020

It does and it would! You'll have to let me know how it goes!

Anonymous

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

This recipe looks delicious. How much frosting does this actually make? TIA

Carlee

Monday 2nd of March 2020

I've never measured it after I whipped it, but I would guess about 3 cups.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 16th of June 2019

I don't do a lot of piping, but looking at this glorious frosting makes me want to make cupcakes just so I can pipe!

Carlee

Thursday 27th of June 2019

A nice swirl on top of a cupcake is certainly easy enough to do and gives them that extra panache!

Amy

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

I think that you should just make frosting and sell it!!! This frosting looks so pretty. I could just eat it like an Ice Cream Cone!

Carlee

Thursday 27th of June 2019

I like the way you think! I would totally eat an ice cream cone of frosting too!