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 another batch.
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!
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!
The BEST Cream Cheese Frosting Recipes
Oh how we LOVE these simple and delicious cream cheese frosting recipes! There are so many to choose from, and so many more that we can't wait to add to our Recipes section. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
This peanut butter cream cheese frosting is so delicious and easy to make! We love it both as a filling and frosting for cakes and cupcakes! Keep it in mind for your chocolate cakes, peanut butter cakes, and even banana cakes!
Strawberry Daiquiri Cream Cheese Buttercream
This creamy and delicious Strawberry Daiquiri Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting is flavored with strawberry, lime, and rum!
Orange Spice Cream Cheese Frosting
This Orange Spice Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is perfect for fall spice cakes! It is so easy to make, and so delicious!
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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!
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
This heavenly Maple Cream Cheese Frosting is so delicious and easy to make! We love it with our fall and spice cake recipes!
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
We love this amazing cinnamon cream cheese frosting with our spice cakes, banana cakes, pumpkin cakes, and more!
Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting
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!
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Easy and Delicious Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting!
Cream Cheese Frosting- Pipeable
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!
Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream Recipe
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!
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
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!
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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.
Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting
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!
Strawberry Whipped Cream Cheese Filling
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!)
Apple Spice Cream Cheese Frosting 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!
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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.
Cinnamon Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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!
Piña Colada Cream Cheese Frosting
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.
Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
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!
Who doesn't love cream cheese frosting! :-) It's my favourite! With all these choices it's like heaven LOL!
so excited about all the flavors for cream cheese frosting will try most of them thank you so much.
I can’t find your “crusting” cream cheese frosting. I’m sure I’ve overlooked it. Can you please help me locate it. I’ve used it many times and some how I’ve misplaced my recipe. Thanks so much for everything you do. ❤️
Hi Dixie, Here it is.
Crusting Cream Cheese
½ Cup (98g) Shortening
1 stick butter (1/2 cup (113g) Unsalted Butter at Room Temp.
8 oz Cream Cheese at Room Temp.
1 Tablespoon (12g) Clear Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 lbs (7 1/2 cups) (862g) Powdered Sugar, sifted
½ teaspoon (3g) Salt
Add the softened butter and shortening to your mixing bowl and mix until smooth.
Add softened cream cheese, vanilla and salt and blend on low to medium speed.
Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until spreading consistency, add more powdered sugar is needed
Thanks soooooo much Bebe