07 April 2012

Cream Cheese Frosting

Healthy Red Velvet Cupcake

The cream cheese frosting here has a soft consistency that's ideal for swirling or swooping. It's the classic choice for topping many cupcakes even carrot cake. It's easy to prepare, versatile and tangy.

Please share your favorite butter/cream cheese frosting with us if you have tastier version.

Recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes: 12 Large Cupcake Frosting

• 250g cream cheese, room temperature
• 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
• 250g icing sugar (i use 215g)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. With an electric mixer, mix the butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes on medium speed until extremely light and smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

2. Slowly add the icing sugar on low speed beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. (for easier frosting, you can harden up a bit in the fridge before icing, but i didn't)

3. Spoon into a piping bag to decorate the cupcakes. Sprinkle some cake crumbs/sweets if you like.

- 2 tsp of Chinese Five Spice is always great for exotic chocolate cakes.
- freshly ground ginger helps spice up a carrot cake.
- freshly ground chai spice or even the contents of 1-2 bag of earl grey tea are heady and aromatic.
- scrapings from a vanilla bean can be very sweet and heavenly for red velvet or dark chocolate cakes.
- freshly grated or dried, flaked coconut mixed in makes it perfect for a coconut cake.


  1. will it hold up or not? Cause I'm planning to use this recipe for my cupcake and its for an outdoor event. I'm scared it will melt after a while..

  2. Hi Irah,

    It holds for me, however do note that over blending will cause the cream cheese to turn watery, and it will be harder to hold.

    It actually become slightly harden when I place it in the fridge so I assume it will take quite a long time before it will melt it off unless you are under a super HOT weather.

    If you are really worry, add a little of gelatine.

  3. wow ur swirls are so nice! :) i probably can conclude by ur post that we don't need to beat long? prob can be done below 10 mins? btw do u happen to know how long it can hold up in room temperature? 

  4. Hey Siew Lin,

    Thanks! I think the whole blending takes about 5min or less. It can steadily hold for about 1hr, after putting in the fridge and leave in room temperature. However you can always add gelatine to make it hold longer and it warmer condition.


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