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Our best cream cheese icing recipes - 10 recipes

Cream cheese icing is a classic choice for frosting. A little more experimental than traditional buttercream icing, cream cheese makes for a luscious, creamy topping to cakes, cupcakes and cookies. If you don’t like the white color of cream cheese, you can add food dye to brighten it up. Always make sure your cream cheese is room temperature when making the icing, and make sure not to over-whip it, otherwise it becomes runny.  

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Top rated Cream cheese icing recipes

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Pineapple pecan cake with a cream cheese frosting is a simple dessert with a whollop of a most delicious taste

  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • ICING:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
4/5 (1850 Votes)

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Try this delicious Hawaiian Wedding Cake recipe filled with the aromatic flavors of pineapple, cinnamon, and nutmeg...

  • CAKE:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped or crushed
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • WHIPPED CREAM CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • toasted shredded coconut, for topping
3.8/5 (313 Votes)

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These Peach Cupcakes with Peach Cream Cheese Frosting are moist, lightly peachy, and simply taste of laughter and t...

  • PEACH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 ounce freeze dried peaches, pulverized in a mini food processor (49 grams)
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pureed fresh peach
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 3/4 ounce freeze dried peaches (Target has Archer Farms brand), pulverized in a mini food processor (49grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 5 cups of confectioners sugar
4.3/5 (144 Votes)

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This cream cheese Cool Whip frosting is super easy when you need to frost cakes, cupcakes, pies, or other pastries

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (or other desired flavor), optional
3.8/5 (457 Votes)

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"This is a yummy whipped cream frosting that is very stable and does not melt at room temperature unlike many stand...

  • 1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
4.5/5 (94 Votes)

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This recipe is slightly adapted from "The Red Spoon", who adapted it from Paula Deen

  • Cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest from the oranges
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream (Lite is okay)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon pure orange oil
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons Loranne's Buttery Sweet Dough Emulsion
  • Frosting:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure orange oil (optional)
  • 2-4 cups* confectioners sugar
  • Add up to 8 cups of sugar, if that's your cup of tea.
4.3/5 (53 Votes)

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Fluffy cream cheese frosting totally takes this moist banana cake over the top! Buttermilk gives that bit of acidit...

  • FLUFFY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas, from about 4 medium bananas
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 14 ounces cream cheese, softened slightly
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4.5/5 (35 Votes)

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Pumpkin filling, then the cream cheese piped out of a little plastic bag to get an even layer (don’t worry about ...

  • 8-ounce cream cheese
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 can (29-ounce) pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (12-ounce) evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 yellow cake mix (dry)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar mixture, optional
  • whipped cream
4.1/5 (76 Votes)

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This chocolate cream cheese frosting is a chocolate lovers dream

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
4.4/5 (30 Votes)

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DELICIOUS! This cream cheese frosting is so good you'll want to slather it on anything and everything!

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed
4.2/5 (20 Votes)

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