This simple Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is deliciously flavorful and pairs wonderfully with Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread cakes and cupcakes!
We LOVE cream cheese frostings, and this spiced version makes a wonderful filling and frosting and is so easy to make.
There's just something about this combination of flavors- they are a perfect match.
You're going to want to eat this frosting by the spoonful! Keep this recipe in mind for your favorite fall cakes! There's just something so cozy and comforting about spiced frostings!
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Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
This silky smooth Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting is SO delicious and easy to make! We love to use it on spice cakes and gingerbread cakes in the fall and winter!
- 1 cup (2 sticks) (226g) unsalted butter, softened (do not soften in microwave)
- 3 (8 ounces) (226g) per package full fat cream cheese, (total 678g) cut into 1 inch pieces and softened.....do not use reduced fat cream cheese or cream in tub containers (do not soften in microwave)
- 3 cups (343g) powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons (4g) Pumpkin Pie Spice * (we list substitution below)
- 2 teaspoons (8g) vanilla extract
Put the softened butter in the bowl of your mixer and mix until smooth.
Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin spice. Beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes (longer if using a hand mixer) until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl midway through.
Add the pieces of softened cream cheese to the mixing bowl. The cream cheese should be soft enough that it combines easily into the butter/powdered sugar mixture. Beat on low/medium speed about 1 minute or until the cream cheese is blended in.
Makes 6 cups
Use immediately or refrigerate. If you have beaten too long and it is too soft to pipe, just refrigerate a while and let it firm up.
**No pumpkin spice? You can use 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon cloves. There is some "wiggle room" with this if you prefer a stronger flavor of one spice over another.
Just want to thank you for putting the English metric measurements next to the American as we don't do receipes in sticks and cups! There's loads of receipes I would love to make but get put off because the English measurement isn't showing. It's also sad that we can't get some of your ingredients so if you know an alternative we could use over here please would you show it. Many thanks
Re: substitute spice: is that A) cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger or B) cinnamon OR nutmeg and/or ginger
Hi Michael, I see how that was confusing. I have changed it so it will read more clearly.
Hello! Love your website! I plan to make your doctored Gingerbread Cake with your Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting for a family Christmas dinner. So excited! I was wondering if the frosting, refrigerated of course ;) , would hold up well if made 3 - 4 days in advance or is it best made just prior to frosting the cake? Thank you in advance for your time, expertise and incredible website! Happy holidays to you and your family!
Hi Lynn, Yes, it would be fine to make the frosting in advance. As long as the expiration date on the ingredients are ok, there is no problem. Keep the frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You might want to store it in 2 containers just so it will come to spreading consistency more quickly when you are ready to us it. Don't microwave the frosting. Allow it to come to soften on the countertop, stirring or using your mixer to re-mix. Over beating with your mixer can cause it to become too soft, but that can be corrected by refrigerating 10 minutes or so until it is the spreading consistency you like.
Hope all goes well. Thank you for your nice comments about the site. Merry Christmas!
Bebe... Thank you for your quick reply and for the added tips to ensure the best results. Much appreciated!
Does frosting have 3 8 oz pkg of cream cheese?
Hi Carolyn, Yes, it is three 8oz packages of cream cheese. This is a firmer frosting that is good if you plan to have decorative piping. Below is a link to another cream cheese frosting from our recipe section. Just add 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice