Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Classic cream cheese frosting whipped until light and fluffy. Perfect for your favorite baked treats

star ingredients

Cream Cheese – The base of this recipe, cream cheese adds a tart flavor and creaminess that helps balance sweet desserts. I love to use cream cheese frosting on cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and my spiced carrot cake recipe.
Butter – This gives the frosting a silkiness and “melt-in-your mouth” texture similar to classic buttercream, without added sweetness.
Heavy Cream- adds a creamy depth to the frosting while aiding in its light and fluffy texture. A little heavy cream goes a long way. You can also use coconut cream, if you’re avoiding a lot of dairy or fat.

Chef's Notes

Cream cheese frosting is all about texture. Always use fully softened cream cheese and butter for the best results. I like to leave my bricks of cream cheese and sticks of butter out for several hours before whipping them. Avoiding this step makes your frosting lumpy instead of light and fluffy. Add a touch of lemon juice to the frosting as its whipping . You wont don’t taste too much lemon flavor in the end result, but it adds just a touch more tartness and balance to your really sweet baked treats like carrot cake or cupcakes.

Meal prep tips

Cream cheese frosting can be made in advance and used in the future without losing it’s shape or texture. I like to make a double batch and package half in the freezer. To store for future use in a covered container under refrigeration. Can be held for up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 weeks in the freezer. Allow the cream cheese frosting to sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before using on your favorite baked goods.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, cream cheese, cream cheese frosting, cream cheese icing, creamy frosting, frosting recipe, heavy cream, powdered sugar, whipped cream cheese, whipped frosting
Yield: 12


  • Spatula
  • Mixer


  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 oz brick cream cheese softened
  • 1 lbs powered sugar confectioners
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice optional


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and cream on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Reduce mixer to low, and slowly add in powdered sugar, to prevent spilling. After powdered sugar has been added, return speed to medium to whip, about 2 minutes
  • While mixer is still going, add in vanilla extract, heavy cream, lemon juice (if using) and salt. Whip the frosting for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Frosting is now ready to use on your favorite baked items.

Notes: To store for future use in a covered container under refrigeration. Can be held for up to 7 days. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before frosting

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