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This boiled milk frosting has a cream cheese twist. It is light and fluffy like your favorite ermine frosting but with that tang you love.  It is perfect for topping or filling so many things!

Piped swirl of fluffy cream cheese ermine frosting.

This whipped cream cheese frosting is so light and fluffy.  It has the tang of cream cheese and just enough sweetness to make it taste like frosting. 

There’s no powdered sugar, but you do make a milk, flour and sugar paste before you whip it up.  If you like boiled milk frosting, you are going to love this!

Have I told you lately how much I love a good frosting?  I love a good frosting!    Lately I have really been loving cooked frostings.  It all started with boiled milk or ermine frosting

Mixer bowl with whisk and fluffy whipped cream cheese ermine frosting.

It was introduced to me as whipped cream frosting and it is super fluffy and just lightly sweet!  It has a butter base mixed with a thickened flour and milk mixture.

This one is very similar, but with cream cheese.  It is a soft and luscious frosting that is tangy and just a little sweet.  It’s just right!

I usually reserve this frosting for a cake that I am going to serve in the pan.  It would probably work on a layer cake, but you would want to keep it cold.

It can hold up to light piping, but it does not do super well in the heat.  The cream cheese definitely gives it a little droop on a hot summer’s day.

Hand holding balloon whisk with fluffy cream cheese ermine frosting on it.

Don’t let that stop you from making it, just be strategic when you do.  Use it to frost a sheet cake, or keep it cool if you get more adventurous than that.

The first time I made it, it went on top of  Di’s banana cake.  It was soooo good!

The moist banana cake and fluffy cream cheese frosting went so well together.  It was an instant hit and definitely gave the penuche frosting we normally serve on the cake a run for its money.

When I was trying to come up with a fun filling for cream horns, this frosting instantly popped into my mind.  I just knew it would be a fun twist on the classic.

plate of golden cream horns with fluffy filling and dusted with powdered sugar

It may seem intimidating to make, but it is really pretty easy.  Getting the first step right is integral to getting the final texture right later.

So start by thickening milk with flour and sugar into a thick paste.  Make sure it is at least as thick as it is in the video.  If you anything, go a little thicker.

Then beat into cream cheese and you have the smoothest and creamiest cream cheese frosting you could imagine! You may be tempted to skip the rest of the dessert and just go after the bowl with a spoon.

Tips and Tricks

Making sure you get the flour and milk mixture thick enough is the most important part of getting the final texture correct.  It should be the consistency of a thick pudding while it’s warm and really thick and paste-like when it is chilled.

thick boiled milk paste in saucepan ready to be chilled and used in ermine frosting
The warm milk, sugar and flour mixture should be a thick pudding or paste consistency. If it is too loose, keep cooking it until it is thick. This step is important. 

In a cool house, this frosting can sit out for a couple of hours. It doesn’t do well in hot weather, it gets soft pretty quick.

Due to the milk and cream cheese, leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator.  They can be held in the fridge for up to a week or freeze it for up to 3 months.

Chilled milk and flour paste ready to be made into frosting.
When it is chilled it should be really thick and sturdy

You do, however, get the best flavor and texture at room temperature. So let your dessert sit out for a few minutes before serving.

To learn more about the different types of frosting, check out my frosting 101 post.

Piped swirl of fluffy cream cheese ermine frosting.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
This boiled milk frosting has a cream cheese twist. It is light and fluffy like your favorite ermine frosting but with that tang you love.  It is perfect for topping or filling so many things!
4.65 from 64 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In small saucepan, whisk together flour, sugar and salt to ensure there are no clumps. Stir in milk and heat over medium low heat until thickened. It will go really slow at first, but once it starts to thicken in will go quickly. Set aside and let cool to room temperature or cover and chill in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
    ⅓ cup all purpose flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 cup milk
  • Beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the cream cheese, beating until smooth. Scoop in thickened milk mixture and add the vanilla, then turn mixer to high and let whip for at least 5 minutes.
    ½ cup butter, 8 oz cream cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frost your cake and store in the refrigerator.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 88mgSugar: 9g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 1st of May 2024

This frosting is so good!


Friday 23rd of February 2024

Can I substitute pineapple juice or orange juice instead of milk


Friday 23rd of February 2024

I haven't tried that, but it would be interesting. I would think as long as you get it good and thick, it should work.


Sunday 6th of August 2023

How many cups of frosting does it make? Is this enough for a 6 inch single layer cake?


Monday 7th of August 2023

It makes roughly 3 cups of frosting. So more than you would need for a 6 inch single layer cake. It is perfect for two layer 8-9 inch cake.

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Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Sometimes you are looking for the right frosting to go on your baked good. Today, this is the perfect frosting, now I just need to figure out what to put it on!


Monday 14th of September 2020

Ha it's like finding the perfect shoes and not having the right outfit to wear with them ;-)


Wednesday 24th of June 2015

I am so glad I looked for a frosting recipe on your blog. I've been looking for a frosting recipes or grandma's 80th birthday cake. She. LOVES when you make it! Do you think it will do well on cupcakes?


Wednesday 24th of June 2015

I think it will be very tasty if you spread some on top. I've never tried piping it on to something, but it seems like it would be too loose for that.