I’ve never met a cream cheese frosting that I didn’t love, and after making today’s roundup of our FAVORITE Cream Cheese Frostings and Fillings, I can’t wait to jump back into the kitchen and whip up a batch of deliciousness!
As much as I love a classic buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting is just on another level for me. Ahhh… I just love it. It’s silky smooth, has that hint of tang to it that pairs so nicely with sweet cakes & cupcakes, as well as spiced cakes, and as an added bonus, it is just SO easy to make!
Of course cream cheese buttercream frosting is amazing with cakes and cupcakes, but when there’s no cake to be found, I just consider it a dip, haha– bring on the graham crackers, ginger snaps, or even saltines, I’m not picky!
But honestly, if you’ve made a delicious cake or batch of cupcakes and just aren’t sure which way to go for a frosting or filling, let me direct you to this list of our FAVORITE cream cheese frostings. There is something for everyone (or every cake for that matter). Let’s dive in!
Tips for Cream CHeese Frosting
- As a general rule, cream cheese frostings are softer than your usual buttercream frosting. For this reason, 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.
- 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!
- 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 ). *I have to say though that many bakers leave their cream cheese-frosted cakes out for longer at room temperature- I’m just always more conservative when it comes to refrigerating perishable goodies!
And now for our roundup of FAVORITE cream cheese frostings! I’m sure that we will continue to add to this list, but it’s nice to have them in one place!
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This amazing Classic Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is a dream! It is so simple to make, and it goes wonderfully with all sorts of favorite cake recipes from red velvet to carrot cake and more!Continue Reading
OOoohhhh...this Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is pure heaven! It has just the right amount of cherry flavor and makes a wonderful frosting for cherry cakes and cupcakes, chocolate cakes and cupcakes, and more! If you are a fan of cherries, don't miss this deliciousness!Continue Reading
Cream Cheese frosting is generally a bit softer than your average frosting. This recipe is another favorite of ours as it has a slightly thicker consistency, thanks to the amount of cream cheese incorporated into the recipe. We LOVE the taste, and just look at these pretty swirls!Continue Reading
This Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe is so amazing you'll just want to skip the cake altogether and grab a spoon! It's no wonder that it's one of our most popular cream cheese frosting recipes! We especially love it with our Lemon Cake as well as our Pink Lemonade Cakes! Truly the best!Continue Reading
This is one of my FAVORITES! This luscious chocolate frosting has just the right amount of chocolate flavor, and the cream cheese gives it such a wonderful flavor and silky smooth consistency. Think of this recipe for your chocolate cakes, vanilla cakes, marbled cakes, and more!Continue Reading
Before whipping up this wonderful recipe for the first time, we had NO idea what we were missing out on! This Orange Cream Cheese Frosting is out of this world- it has the perfect balance of cream cheese & orange flavor! We love it with our Orange Dreamsicle Cake.Continue Reading
This Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting is so silky smooth and delicious! It is such a wonderful combination of espresso and cream cheese! We love it with so many recipes including our Gingerbread Latte Cake!Get the Recipe
Don't miss this light and dreamy Whipped Cream Cheese Filling recipe! It is easy to make, has wonderful strawberry flavor, and makes the perfect filling for cakes and cupcakes (including strawberry cakes, chocolate cakes, yellow, and more!)Get the Recipe
Just as the name suggests, this Apple Spice Cream Cheese Cake consists of a delicious cream cheese frosting flavored with apple spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves). SO good and perfect for fall spice cakes, including our Caramel Apple Spice Cake!Continue Reading
Freshly whipped cream is folded into cream cheese frosting for a light and airy filling. I especially like to use this to cover the tops of cakes or as a filling.Continue Reading
Ahhhh...the perfect combination of cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, and espresso! I could just dive right into this bowl! We love this recipe with our Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake!Continue Reading
This recipe is the perfect complement to our Piña Colada Cake recipe! A smooth and flavorful cream cheese frosting that contains a hint of coconut & rum flavor.Continue Reading
There's something so cozy about spiced cream cheese frosting! We love to frost our fall cakes such as spice and pumpkin cake recipes with this fantastic recipe! It's so simple to make too!Continue Reading