Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

LAST UPDATED: Nov 06, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Sep 19, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This decadent, Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe is the ultimate indulgence. Get the secret to whipping your cream cheese to create the fluffiest frosting imaginable! 

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The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Every dessert deserves a different topping! You’ve seen (and likely tested) my amazing Cream Cheese Icing for Cinnamon Rolls and Cream Cheese Glaze, but sometimes you need (or crave) something light and fluffy. 

This fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting is perfect for topping Pumpkin Cake, Chocolate Brownies, Carrot Cake, and Sugar Cookie Cake.  Use it as a dip for Apple Cider Donut Holes, or even to top Roasted Sweet Potatoes. It even makes a decadent cream cheese fruit dip! You can add it to anywhere that you want a luxuriously creamy cream cheese frosting that goes on smoothly.

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It’s light and fluffy, with the texture of a whipped cream frosting but the slightly tangy flavor of cream cheese frosting! While many people are not fans of uber-sweet buttercream dressing, cream cheese frosting appeals to people who appreciate the more savory tang of rich cream cheese.

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Easy Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Ingredients

  • Butter – I always have salted butter on hand, and that’s what I use here. (We always enjoy the balance of a touch of salt with all the sweet!) You can use salted or unsalted, it’s up to you! Your butter should be room temperature.
  • Cream Cheese – Full fat will produce the best flavor and airy whipped result. Again, it should be room temperature. Learn how to soften cream cheese – so easy!
  • Extract – A hint of vanilla will offer traditional cream cheese frosting flavor. You can mix it up with lemon, orange, or almond extract, too!
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar this ingredient sweetens and balances the cream cheese.

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How to Make a Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

The secret it is in whipping it not once, but twice

  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese five minutes, until light in color and fluffy in texture.
  2. Then after you add the vanilla and gradually add powdered sugar, you beat the mixture again! Yes, for an additional three minutes. It’s worth the wait!

The first step of this process adds air into butter, adding to the volume. The second step dissolves the powdered sugar completely making it smooth and luxuriously creamy. Close-up of a white plate with pumpkin cake covered in thick cream cheese frosting. #creamcheesefrostingrecipe

How to Spread Frosting

This frosting is so fluffy and creamy that it’s almost effortless to spread. Keep in mind though- this is not a frosting that lends itself to perfection. It’s never going to be smoothed perfectly! That’s what I love about this fluffy cream cheese frosting recipe! It’s meant to look like a decadent layer of fluffy whipped goodness, so enjoy those imperfect waves. 

I like to frost my cakes with an offset spatula. However, this fluffy frosting smooths on easily with any spatula or spreader. It’s difficult to pipe, so stick with a more traditional spreading technique.

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How to Store Cream Cheese Frosting

If you do a quick online search on this subject, you’ll find a variety of opinions about how long cream cheese frosting can sit out on your kitchen counter. Some places suggest refrigerating almost immediately- within two hours of making the frosting. Other sites state that it can be left out in a climate-controlled home for several days! 

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My suggestion? Cream cheese frosting can be left out on the day that you serve it, or up to eight hours.  Beyond that, I’d suggest refrigerating your cakes and desserts topped with cream cheese frosting just to ensure safety. I love this frosting when it’s perfectly creamy and fluffy and not hardened in the slightest- it’s truly best at room temperature, so keep that in mind!

This fluffy frosting recipe will last in the fridge for up to a week- but good luck getting it to stick around for that long! 

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Frosting Variations

While this frosting is incredible as it is, there are lots of fun ways to mix it up! 

  • Change your extract! Instead of vanilla extract, consider lemon, almond, or even peppermint for the holidays.
  • Add a spice mix! Try adding a teaspoon of allspice, chai, or pumpkin pie spice to this recipe. 
  • Cinnamon is also an amazing addition! 

More Ideas to Enjoy This Fluffy Frosting

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More Frostings, Icings and Glazes

What do you think? Where will you use this incredibly fluffy frosting recipe? I’d love to hear from you! If you try this recipe, please come back and leave a comment and review with my five star rating. Thanks so much for following along! 

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Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

This decadent, Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe is the ultimate indulgence. Get the secret to whipping your cream cheese to create the fluffiest frosting imaginable! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 207kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 c butter softened
  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 c powdered sugar

Instructions

  • In a mixer or large mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese on high until light in color (about 5 minutes).
  • Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low.
  • Beat mixture on high until light and fluffy in texture (about 3 minutes).

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 588IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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