I absolutely LOVE Cream Cheese Frosting, and this Orange Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is amazing.
This flavorful, silky smooth recipe is just heavenly as a filling or frosting for cakes and cupcakes that call for a hint of citrus.
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TIPS FOR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- Soft Consistency: Cream cheese frostings are softer than your usual buttercream frosting. Because of this, you may need to add a little additional powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency, or pop it in the refrigerator to firm it up a bit before working with it.
- Does Cream Cheese Frosting Require Refrigeration? Yes. Cakes and cupcakes that are frosted in cream cheese frosting should be refrigerated until within about 2 hours of serving.
Cream cheese frosting firms up when chilled and so removing from the refrigerator a couple of hours before your event will allow enough time for it to soften. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against cold cream cheese frosting, haha- but most people like it nice and soft at the time of serving!
- How Long can Cream Cheese Frosting Sit Out? A cake frosted in cream cheese frosting can sit out for 2-3 hours at room temperature (less if it’s outside in the warm weather or if it is one of our lighter consistency whipped cream cheese fillings as it contains more heavy cream ).
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Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
This easy and delicious Orange Cream Cheese Frosting tastes amazing with orange cakes, lemon cakes, spice cakes, and more!
- 2 sticks (1 cup) (226 g) unsalted butter, let it sit out approximately 10 minutes. It should feel very cool to the touch.
- 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (total weight 452g) I use full fat cream cheese. Using reduced fat or the spreadable cream cheese will cause the frosting to be too soft. Do not soften the cream cheese.
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) clear vanilla extract (we used clear to keep color lighter)
- 1 teaspoon (4g) orange extract
- ½ teaspoon salt (2g) optional - it will cut the sweetness, popcorn salt is best to use because it is fine and dissolves faster
- 6 to 6 ½ cups (690g to 747g) powdered sugar
- Orange Coloring Gel (optional) We used a very small amount for tinting.
Cut the butter into slices and add to the bowl of your mixer. Beat on low to medium speed until the butter is softened and smooth.
Cut the cold cream cheese into pieces and add to the butter, beating at low to medium speed until incorporated.
Add the vanilla and orange flavorings. Gradually add the powdered sugar beating on low speed until blended. Cover the bowl with a towel to keep down the cloud of powdered sugar.
Increase mixing speed and beat until fluffy. Don't over beat.
This frosting will pipe best if used while still chilled. You can make it in advance, refrigerate and when ready to use let it soften slightly (do not microwave) and remix.
Will frost a 3 layer 8 or 9 inch cake. When decorating our Dreamsicle Cake, we frosted our cake and then when back in with swirls of lightly tinted orange frosting for a pretty effect.
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I made this cake, but made it as a 9x13 cake. I omitted the filling and just made the cake and frosted it with your orange cream cheese frosting. Made it for church pot luck and everyone absolutely LOVED it! Thank you so much!!
Hi Paula, Thank you so much for your nice comments. We are happy to hear that your friends liked the cake. Thanks for posting !
Lovely recipe so thrilled with results. Thank you this will be one of my favourites from now on so colourful and tastes sooooo good .
Thanks Annie, so happy that you liked it!
This recipe for the frosting sounds wonderful. Will it hold up to a layer of fondant?
Hi Darla, I don't think it would be a choice for underneath fondant because you would need to keep it refrigerated.
I would not cut this frosting recipe in half. There is nothing worse than having to use frosting sparingly; I love having plenty. This is a great recipe.
Everything about this recipe was delicious! I added a bit of extra vanilla extract to the filling to make the contrast with the orange flavor of the cake more prominent. My grandson loved the "Creamsicle cake" at a local restaurant in Charleston (whose chef trained at the Cordon Bleu in Paris), and he said this one was even better. (And the cake at that restaurant is around $60!)
I am getting ready to make this frosting but in the past when I made flavored frosting for a cake I always use kool-aid to Flavor my frosting . It gives as much flavor as you want without deluting the frostingt . It has always worked very well for me
Hi Nancy, I have never thought of using Kool-aid, thanks so much for posting a helpful tip!