For decades, our family has been making this amazing 5-minute cream cheese frosting. It is our go-to easy frosting recipe. Every time we make pumpkin bars or carrot cake, this is our frosting of choice.
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Quick & Easy Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Once the ingredients are room temperature, it really just takes a few minutes to pull together a delicious tasting and amazing looking frosting.
This frosting seems to have the right balance between sweetness and creaminess; with just a hint of tang from the cream cheese. Oh, so delicious!
Variations to recipe
There are times when I switch up this recipe a bit. The basic amounts that I use for this recipe are wonderful if you are going to spread the frosting on a cake or bars.
Achieving a Thicker Consistency to the Frosting Recipe
As you can see, this frosting holds its shape and is wonderful on cakes, bars, and cup cakes. However, sometimes, it is nice to be a bit fancy and pipe the frosting. If that is something I plan on doing, I will make this frosting thicker.
There are two ways you can make this frosting thicker.
- Continue to add powdered sugar until you reach your desired stiffness. I add 2 tablespoons at a time.
- Add a tablespoon or two, but no more than two of Corn Starch. It is very dry and virtually flavorless, but it will stiffen the frosting nicely.
Adding Spice to the Frosting
While this recipe uses vanilla as the flavoring, I have used other spices depending on what I am using this delectable goodness on.
For pumpkin bars, I sometimes sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top.
Rather than using vanilla, I have substituted rum.
If you are pairing this frosting with an exotic cake like carrot, or pineapple, I have swapped out the vanilla flavoring for an orange flavoring.
Be creative and see what you can add to this basic frosting recipe to delight your family with a wonderful dessert.
Using This 5-Minute Cream Cheese Frosting in Hot Weather
As with most dairy based recipes, the hot weather can cause the frosting to melt. However, here is a trick that will help your frosting retain its shape even on the hottest of days.
Dissolve a Packet of gelatin in 1 Tablespoon of water. Add that to the frosting when you think you have it to the desired consistency. (However, I do recommend following food safety rules and not leaving any food out too long in the hot weather).
Achieve Perfect Frosting Consistency
If you happen to have a frosting that is too thick, it can be thinned by adding a bit of heavy cream, milk, or even water. However, add it a tablespoon at a time and mix before adding more.
I remember when I was first learning to bake and I made a frosting too thin, I added a cup of powdered sugar to thicken it. Well, it was now too thick, then I added too much milk and it was runny. Well, let’s just say, it was a rough day. Since then, I have learned to add a bit at a time when it comes to making any frosting!
Amazing 5-Minute Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese Softened
- 1/2 Cup Butter Softened (1 stick)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons milk or heavy cream
- In mixing bowl, use a mixer to mix together softened butter and cream cheese. 2-3 minutes. Make sure to scrape the bowl occasionally.
- Add the vanilla, 1-2 teaspoons of the milk or heavy cream, then add half of the powdered sugar, mix. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix again, until smooth and creamy. 2-3 minutes.
- Frost your cooled dessert. Enjoy
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