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An Easy How-To Guide on How to Make Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting! Another in my series of Back to Basics!

This is probably a first on my blog – a complete and utter how-to guide, on just a frosting. Not even a cake itself! Don’t worry, I will be doing more classic ‘Jane’ style recipes, but things like Cream Cheese Frosting need their own post. 

Cream Cheese frosting, in case you weren’t aware, is a mixture of Butter, Sugar, and Cream Cheese. Occasionally, like with this one, some other bits will be added in… but those are the basics. 

The reason I thought that Cream Cheese Frosting needed its own post, is because it can be infuriatingly annoying to make, especially when you live in the UK. If you don’t understand how on earth it could be a problem… just believe it’s true. 

Cream Cheese in America for example, comes in two forms. Spreadable, and a block. When Americans then make cream cheese frosting, they use the block form. It has a lot less water in it, it’s a hell of a lot firmer, and it’s perfect for the job.

When you live in the UK? We only have spreadable. Spreadable cream cheese is what we use for cheesecakes, so I can’t be sad about it… but my god I wished we had a block version. Like so much. 

So! When it comes to making Cream Cheese Frosting in the UK… it’s difficult. I have had a few recipes on my blog now, with slightly different methods on how to make it, and yeah… they will all be replaced with this version now. 

The reason cream cheese frosting can be so difficult, is when the cream cheese is beaten on it’s own, it gets runnier. It’s not something that thickens up really. This isn’t helped by the added water content that you can sometimes see, and sometimes not see inside it. 

I tend to stick to using Philadelphia full fat original cream cheese, because I find it works best. The cream cheeses in Aldi and Lidl are also good.. but for example, other supermarket own cream cheeses have a lot more water just floating on the top. 

When you open up a tub, sometimes you can see a little water just sort of sitting there, but if you actually got your cream cheese, and squeezed it through a muslin cloth, a lot more can come out. This is the killer. However, if you use a good quality cream cheese, you don’t HAVE to remove it. It’s just something that could be good to do if you usually struggle with cream cheese frosting! 

When it comes to the butter for cream cheese frosting, just like ANY OTHER FROSTING, you want to use actual real butter. The butter tubs you get too spread on your toast on the morning, is not real butter. The kind you want is wrapped in foil, and is absolutely solid when you get it out of the fridge. 

You want to use real butter, as once that is cold again, it’s much much firmer. It will help the cream cheese frosting so so much. The only thing though is you have to make sure it’s at room temperature to make the frosting, otherwise it could go lumpy.

For the icing sugar… you just need icing sugar. There isn’t anything fancy here – I personally use Tate & Lyle at the moment because it’s my personal favourite, but any will do. The vanilla is also optional, but I just love the little vanilla bean specks through the frosting! 

When it comes to making the cream cheese frosting – you have to find the happy medium between beating it enough, and not over beating. I was genuinely shocked and surprised that this worked SO WELL. You can see from the photos just how thick and lovely it is! 

You want to beat your equal amounts of butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy. For a typical American buttercream you would use double the icing sugar to butter, but this time you want equal. The amount you want is based on the amount of cream cheese you have. You want to keep on beating it till it’s really lovely, before you go anywhere near adding the cream cheese! 

Say you have 300g of cream cheese, you want half the amount for the butter and sugar. Therefore, you want 150g of Unsalted Butter, and 150g of Icing Sugar. If you have 250g of Cream cheese, you want 125g of butter and sugar. Make sense? I hope so! 

Once the buttercream has been beaten for at least 3-4 minutes, and is light and fluffy and smooth, you add in the cream cheese. If there is a lot of water on the top, you want to get rid of that, but generally I don’t squeeze it out. 

Add in the cream cheese, and vanilla, and using the beater (not the whisk), you beat the mixture together. I use colder cream cheese, not room temperature, and it can look a little funny at first. Beating them can make it seem like there are lumps, but just keep on beating. I beat mine for about two minutes, and suddenly the lumps disappeared and the frosting thickened up beautifully. 

My past recipes, and lots of other recipes can sometimes suck – and now I realise why. The order of the ingredients was wrong, the ingredient quantities was wrong, and so on! Honestly, this cream cheese frosting is life changing. 

I will say though, I will never call this foolproof. I don’t believe any cream cheese frosting is foolproof – because sometimes it will go wrong. Too much water in the cream cheese, the wrong butter as people won’t read my notes on using the correct butter, different mixers etc. However, it’s damn close!

If you have any problems with the frosting – please comment below! Sometimes, as I have mentioned, it will still end up runny. There isn’t much you can do about runny cream cheese frosting once it’s got to that stage. 

Adding more icing sugar won’t help the situation – but you can probably still use the mix in something else! Make some cream cheese truffles, or use the mix in an ice cream or something – it definitely won’t go to waste! Just try your best to use the correct ingredients, and try and use an electric mixer if you can! Happy cream cheese frosting making! x

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting!

An Easy How-To Guide on How to Make Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting! 
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Category: Cake Decorating
Type: Frosting
Keyword: Cream Cheese
Prep Time: 1 hour
Creating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Author: Jane's Patisserie

Ingredients

  • 150 g Unsalted Butter (not stork) (room temp)
  • 150 g Icing Sugar
  • 300 g Full Fat Cream Cheese (I use philadelphia)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)

Instructions

  • Make sure your unsalted butter is at room temperature. I leave mine out overnight when it's cold weather, but in the hotter months this can take as little as 30 minutes!
  • Beat your butter on it's own for a few minutes to loosen it.
  • Add in the icing sugar, and beat again - I beat this for about 5 minutes, to make it really smooth.
  • Make sure your cream cheese doesn't have any excess water - I find it best to add it to a bowl first just to make sure.
  • Add in the cream cheese, and vanilla and beat. At first, it may look a little weird, but just keep on beating.
  • I end up beating it for a few minutes - it can go through a lumpy stage first, but eventually the lumps beat out and it's smooth and thick!
  • Once beaten - it should be lovely and thick. If it's not - read the blog post!
  • Store the cream cheese frosting in the fridge if you are not using it straight away!
  • This is enough to pipe onto 12 cupcakes, or for a 2 layer cake for filling on top and inside!

Notes

  • This is enough to pipe onto 12 cupcakes, or for a 2 layer cake for filling on top and inside!
  • If you want more, use the same ratios of half the amount of butter/sugar for the amount of cream cheese!
  • You can use any full fat cream cheese - but make sure to remove any excess water. I find some supermarket own ones can have more water than others. 
  • The vanilla is optional - but I love using Nielsen Massey Vanilla bean Paste to get the lovely vanilla flecks!
  • The cream cheese frosting lasts about 3 days in the fridge.
  • You can freeze the cream cheese frosting. 
  • Any questions - comment below!

ENJOY!

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232 Comments

  1. Megan on September 19, 2021 at 2:24 am

    First off, I absolutely adore your site. I’ve come so far with baking since finding it. I used to just follow recipes but I have started learning about baking and it’s made my cakes sooo much nicer!! I’ve been getting requests for cakes left right and centre!

    I am cooking some vegan carrot cakes for a mini-festival and am doing a vegan cream cheese frosting. Does anyone know if vegan cream cheese exists?? Is there anything I should do differently?

    I do have sugar and crumbs cream cheese icing sugar, and I think that may be vegan. If I used the icing sugar, what is the best vegan butter for baking?

  2. Rebecca on September 18, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Great recipe and easy to follow thank you! I’ve found that Longley Farm cream cheese is the absolute best in the UK. No liquid whatsoever and super thick so perfect for frosting. Might only be available in Yorkshire though I can only get it in my local farm shop.

  3. Mary-Ann on September 2, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Jane, I am lactose intollerant so normally your bakes are AMAZING for me because you always use Stork. I know you have said DO NOT use Stork for this receipe, but is there any way I could use a dairy free/ lactose free version to make buttercream (or even Stork)? I am thinking if I up the amount of icing sugar maybe? Any advice would be so welcome! Thank you x

  4. Sue on August 19, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Hi..this is fab. Thank you soooo much. Could you please tell me where you get the lovely cupcake cases from?.
    Thank you 😊

  5. Karen Forrester on July 28, 2021 at 12:38 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane

    I used this cream cheese frosting recipe for a carrot cake I made at the weekend and I just want to say thank you. It tasted delicious and piped really well.

    Karen

  6. Lynda on July 21, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    5 stars
    Jane you are a life saver…
    I was looking for a rum and raisin birthday cake recipe to no avail.. came across one which looked good. Baked the the cake but when it came to the cream cheese frosting well I don’t know what happened… I decided to look for other recipes and found yours…it worked brilliantly.. Thankyou
    I always go to you first but you didn’t have a recipe for rum and raisin ..
    It didn’t turn out too bad but your recipes are written so well and easy to follow .
    Thanks for the help..

    • Sam on August 27, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      Do you have to keep this in the fridge or can it be kept at room temp?



    • Jane's Patisserie on August 27, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      It needs to be kept in the fridge as mentioned!



  7. lara on July 19, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    5 stars
    this recipe is AMAZING!! i was quite nervous at first because i do have a history of messing up frostings (they always turn runny and are never able to be piped lol). i decided to try this recipe and it came out so good! i was worried that the frosting would have too much of a ‘cheese’ taste but it was a perfectly balanced taste. definitely plan on using this recipe again in the future, thank you so much!

  8. Veena on June 24, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    Absolutely brillant recipe!Was skeptical to try it first but I am glad I did.
    Thanks a ton!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 28, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      Hey! I am so pleased you loved it, you are welcome x



  9. Jai on June 20, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Hi made this cream cheese and it was great the consistency was perfect however I found it a little to tangy would it be okay to use less Philadelphia

  10. Elsa on June 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Hi could I use mascarpone soft cheese for this recipe ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 28, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      Hello, yes it’s worth a go if it is full fat x



  11. Nav on June 17, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    5 stars
    This was a LIFESAVER!! Thank you for sharing this! I realized too late that I only had spreadable cream cheese and desperately scoured the web for a Hail Mary – and this was it!! The frosting turned out AMAZING; a perfect balance of sweet & tangy, and soooooo creamy!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 17, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      Aww yayyy I am so pleased that this worked so well for you, thank you for such a lovely message xx



  12. Glenda Harris on June 13, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much! I have been struggling with cream cheese frosting for years. I tried your recipe on a carrot cake today and it’s perfect. So smooth and thick. Thanks again, I Shall have to try out more of your recipes now.

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 14, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Ahh I am so glad it this recipe worked for you xx



  13. Caz on June 9, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    5 stars
    Love this! Used it for cupcakes and went down really well, thank you.
    I have a question though… I’ve been asked to make a layered cake covered in fondant and wondered if I could make a sufficient sturdy damn with this cream cheese filling so it won’t squidge out?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 10, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      Hello! Personally I think this may still be a bit soft for that but then again if you freeze it before you cover it in fondant it should be fine xx



  14. Michelle Day on June 4, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane
    Made your red velvet cake for the first time today and I’m doing a happy dance in my kitchen 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽
    It’s so fluffy and perfect, my customer will be happy tomorrow too! Thank you for your brilliance x

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 7, 2021 at 4:26 pm

      Hahah yes I loveee a good happy dance!! So pleased you love it xx



  15. Michelle Manetti on May 20, 2021 at 12:38 am

    5 stars
    THANK YOU!!!!
    I’ve tried so hard to find a good cream cheese frosting recipe, but they’ve all failed (mostly too runny and lumpy) and only discovered recently it’s because UK has cream cheese spread not block cheese. I tried this today for a red velvet cake, it was PERFECT! Taste and consistency 10/10

  16. Jess on May 18, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! thank you for this. As an American living the the UK, I’ve struggled with my cream cheese frosting recipe being runny lumpy! i scoured the internet and found the problem was the spreadable cream cheese we get here then came across your blog post, attempted recipe and it has come out beautifully!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 19, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Ahhh yay this has made me so happy, I am so glad you enjoyed it xx



  17. Melissa on May 15, 2021 at 3:33 am

    Have yet to try, but this looks exciting! I’m not from the UK, but I have a standard tub of cream cheese that I would love to use for a carrot cake loaf. How much of the frosting do you recommend I make? I just want to put some on top of the loaf cake. I’m thinking 75-100 grams of cream cheese, is that enough? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2021 at 11:50 am

      Hiya! It depends on the size of the loaf, have a look at my carrot loaf cake for guidance xx



  18. helen on May 14, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Hello! do you use paddle or whisk attachment? want to make sure i do everything right….attempt no 3 today! hoping the UK specific recipe works 😂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2021 at 11:19 am

      Hey! Yes I use a paddle, watch the video it may help xx



  19. Katie on May 11, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I have made this twice now following your instructions and the 1st time it was spot on. The 2nd time was a disaster! The cream cheese went far too runny to pipe and even after leaving my butter out overnight still had lumps of butter in.
    Might leave it a while before attempting again!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am

      Hiya! It sounds like the butter was too cold so it was over beaten to get rid of the lumps x



  20. Patricia on May 1, 2021 at 10:26 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I love this buttercream and it’s my go to now because it’s perfect and not to sweet for my taste.
    I do have a question because I love it so much and want to use it on everything I bake, do you think I could colour it with a gel colour?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 1, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      Ahh yay! As long as its a super strong colouring and you don’t need much it should work well!



    • Liz on September 5, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      Hi, do you think cream cheese frosting would be too runny to frost round the sides on a red velvet cake? Thanks!



  21. Katie on April 26, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Hi Jane! I absolutely love your recipes. They all work perfectly. I have pre-ordered your book so I can’t wait for August!!!
    I am making your red velvet recipe and I have doubled everything to make it into 4 layers. Is that correct and will that work okay and do I just do the same for the cream cheese frosting?

    Thanks so much!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 26, 2021 at 1:12 pm

      Hey! Ahh I am so pleased and thank you so so much for ordering my book that is so exciting! Theoretically yes this should work!xx



  22. Evia on April 24, 2021 at 6:04 am

    5 stars
    This worked perfectly! I’m going to be honest, I did not beat the buttercream a whole 4 minutes before adding the cream cheese, more like the entire cream making took 4 minutes from start to finish, but the result is delicious, firm and smooth buttercream. A night has passed, but it’s still holding just as I haphazardly piped it! Thank you for this recipe.

  23. Sharon Murray on April 19, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    5 stars
    I’m just about to make this recipe to layer and cover a vanilla sponge cake – 4 tiers. I wanted to put a layer of Strawberry jam in each layer, as well as the cream cheese frosring. I’ve read in one of the comment that adding a concerve to the recipe would likely loosen it. Would putting starwberry jam in each layer with the frosting also cause it to go runny? Thank you.

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 19, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      Hey. Yeah that is the risk, it will soften it xx



  24. Hayley on April 18, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Love your recipes, always my go to whenever I bake. I baked your red velvet cake for the first time today and made this cream cheese frosting to go with it. I was a bit worried as heard making cream cheese frosting can be difficult but this recipe worked amazingly and I now have an amazing red velvet cake! Thank you xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 19, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Hey!! yayyy this makes me so happy. Thank you so much xx



  25. Karen on April 9, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    5 stars
    I have to say I was a bit sceptical this would work. As an American living in Britain I had all but given up on being able to make a decent cream cheese frosting. I’ve tried so many different ones and always ended up with something more like a cream cheese glaze 🙄. This recipe worked great!!! I am so glad I found it. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes now. Thank you so much!!

  26. Emma on April 7, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Jane ,I want to ice a big carrot cake with the recipe obvs I’ve doubled . Would you suggest I do a butter cream crumb coat. ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 9, 2021 at 11:58 am

      Hello! It depends what look you are after but just the cream cheese frosting should do xx



  27. Rimz on April 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Jane, will I have to double the recipe for 3 layer cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 6, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      Hello! Yes and you can freeze any left over x



    • Rimz on May 6, 2021 at 7:48 pm

      Would that be 600g cream cheese and 300g butter and icing sugar? X



    • Jane's Patisserie on May 6, 2021 at 8:27 pm

      Yes!



  28. Patricia on March 24, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    5 stars
    Hi. I have made this frosting for many different recipes and it has always beeb perfect. Now I need to made cocoa cream cheese . Can I use the same recipe adding a table spoon of cocoa powder??
    Many thanks. And congratulations on your book which most probably will be my next birthday present😊😊😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 27, 2021 at 10:55 am

      Hello! That should work absolutely perfectly. Thank you so much, I hope you love it!xx



  29. Helen-Rose Yeoman on March 5, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing life saving recipe! I hated cream cheese frosting and I’m a experienced baker. I will always use this no matter what!
    Thank you!!

  30. nasreen on March 3, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Hi i want to use this for your cinnamon roll recipe, is the frosting recipe enough to cover them or is it too much and do i need to half it?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 3, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      I would say its the perfect amount!



    • Joanne Ross on June 25, 2021 at 9:24 am

      Hello Jane.
      Looking forward to trying this recipe for my birthday cake next week. But can I make it lemon flavoured? What would you suggest – juice, zest, extract??



    • Jane's Patisserie on June 28, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      Hiya, yes you can I would suggest extract x



  31. charlie on March 3, 2021 at 5:28 am

    Hi Jane, I’m making a 3 layer carrot cake for a friend and was wondering if this would be a suitable frosting for stacking? Do you think it will hold up the weight of multiple layers?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 3, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      I believe it would be if made correctly, and because it needs to be kept in the fridge anyway so it will be kept firm x



  32. Emily on February 23, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    5 stars
    Yup, this is awesome.

  33. Elyse McAllister on February 22, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Hi Jane! Sorry another question.. I only have an electric hand whisk.. is this going to cause a problem when beating the ingredients?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 25, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      No that should be fine for this – its still electric so you can still beat the mixture well!



  34. Claire on February 16, 2021 at 11:49 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! I want to make coconut cream cheese frosting, can I add coconut milk and extract in this recipe ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 16, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      Honestly I have no idea! I haven’t tried it with coconut milk – but flavouring could easily be added!



  35. Danni on February 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    5 stars
    I rarely leave reviews but this was an absolute life saver! I’ve tried making cream cheese frosting in the UK a million times and questioned my baking skills when turned into a sloppy mess!

    Thank you 100 times over Jane, this was thick, creamy and fabulous 🙂

  36. Rosalie on February 12, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t know what I did wrong but mine was super soft and not very thick. I followed the instructions to the T and measured all correctly but it was still too soft.

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 12, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      Unfortunately that means something was done incorrectly – it’s worth watching my YouTube video to find out where you went wrong as its easier to see visually!



  37. Caroline Dolby on February 12, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    5 stars
    Fantastic! It was perfect thank you very much for this recipe xx

  38. Aileen on February 7, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    5 stars
    I have never made cream cheese icing, or red velvet cake, before as I always feared it was too difficult but this worked an absolute treat- right on my first try and I couldn’t be more grateful for the hints and recipe!
    I used a family sized tube of Philadelphia (340g) so used 170g Of butter and icing sugar like you suggested and it was perfect! Thank you so much x

  39. Mike Wate on February 7, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    5 stars
    That’s genius Jane – just tried your method to top my red velvet cupcakes, and it worked a dream and taste greats. I’ve suffered with sloppy frosting for some time, so this is now my go-to recipe and method. Thank you so much.
    Mike

  40. Martin Whitefield on February 5, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    5 stars
    Best cream cheese frosting recipe ever. This is a proper cream cheese frosting with 50% cream cheese, unlike so many others which are basically buttercream with a bit of cream cheese thrown in. So many good tips in this recipe, particularly not overdoing the icing sugar. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that the way to thicken up gloopy icing is to add more icing. It works for about two minutes after which time sugar starts to show its hygroscopic nature, i.e. it starts to retain the moisture from the mixture and your icing gets even runnier. I used the Morrisons Soft Cheese, cheap as chips at £1 for a 250g tub. It has a fat content of 27.5% and so IMHO better for this job that the ”original” Philly with a fat content 21%. Inverted commas because the real original Philly in brick form which you refer to has a fat content of 33% plus a thickener. Anyway, the end result was a thick, pipeable frosting with a velvety texture (no graininess), not too sweet and with a lovely cream cheese tang. Thanks very muchfor a winning recipe. Regards, Martin

  41. Olivia on February 3, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Hi ,
    Im really looking forward to trying this recipe as ive had a few disasters with soft cream cheese! I want to attempt the strawberry cream cheese frosting as below but using your technique. Can you gice any advixe on how i might adapt the ingredients?
    1 cup (10-12g) freeze-dried strawberries*
    one 8-ounce block full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
    1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar
    1–2 Tablespoons milk
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    salt, to taste

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 4, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      Oh I’m unsure sorry as I don’t measure in cups! If it’s just adding freeze dried strawberries then just add that to this recipe x



    • Nikki on April 10, 2021 at 7:42 pm

      5 stars
      You need to be knighted for services to home bakers!
      THIS WORKED!
      I’ve cried over cream cheese soup before now, and swore this was the last recipe I’d ever try.
      Well, hurrah!
      It’s bloody perfect.
      We’ve never met but I love you.
      Thank you SO MUCH!



    • Jane's Patisserie on April 13, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      Hey!! Haha aww this is the sweetest message, thank you so much you have made my day. I love you too haha thank you for your support!xx



  42. Angela on January 23, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    We have had issues in the past with cream cheese icing, we tried this one and it did stay thick. Thanks so much, we will use this recipe again for sure.

  43. Amanda Allen on January 23, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Hi I was wondering how you would change the ratios to add somthingblike melted white chocolate to give it the sweet and tang?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 24, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      Adding anything can risk softening the frosting, but as long as it’s cooled fully it should be okay!



  44. Laura Francis on January 21, 2021 at 9:27 am

    5 stars
    Martha Stewart frostings have never let me down but I could not get my cream cheese frosting thick! It was only ever very soft.
    Yesterday I was making a 6 layer rainbow cake so needed some icing with good structure to hold it together. My first attempt turned out like custard 😭

    I tried thickening which improved it but not enough. A little Googling brought me here (after I had been to the shops for more supplies!). I had Sainsbury’s own brand cheese (I only got that because it was higher fat than Philadelphia and so I incorrectly assumed lower water, turns out the Asda cheese I used first time around was highest fat, but probably also highest water).

    I did drain the cheese in a muslin for about 15 minutes, which gave me a lovely firm cheese! I followed your quantities and method (as opposed to American ones which were quite different) and the result was a delicious frosting with great texture, piped well, held the cake together nicely, no avalanches! Thanks so much for helping me rescue an epic birthday bake!

  45. Shannon Hunter on January 9, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    5 stars
    Wow!! I’ve always struggled with cream cheese frosting as it always ends up too runny but doing it this this order has made such a difference!! Thanks so much!

  46. Dave Sharma on January 8, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    5 stars
    Seriously, I can’t believe how good this recipe is. My youngest AKA The Skinny Beast (she’s 23 tomorrow) wanted me to make a red velvet cake. I’ve always struggled with frosting. It’s too grainy or I’ve over whipped it, but this recipe. Omg, it’s definitely one of those times where you wished you discovered it sooner. Used Philadelphia too. I’m always going to use this. Could colour it or add flavourings. Thank you so much.

  47. Paula on December 29, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    I can’t wait to use this and your red velvet cupcake recipe. It’s hit and miss with my frosting usually it doesn’t work when the cake is to take to a friend or work. I made red velvet cupcakes a couple of weeks ago for the first time from an American Youtube tutorial they looked lovely but once cooled had shrunk so thmuch cases were too big and the cream cheese frosting had to be put in a bowl to accompany the cake it was sooooo runny – I will let you know how I get on with your version.

  48. Nancy on December 29, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you, thank you thank you – doubled the recipe and mixed in the Thermomix and perfect….after two failed attempts this am with an American recipe! Now my birthday cake order may be on time!!

  49. Laura on December 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Hi,
    I am making your 2 tier red velvet cake but noticed you said to use this cream cheese frosting recipe instead. I want to fill the middle and coat the outside and top of the cake, would these quantities be enough or would I need to double or do 1 and half etc?

    Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 17, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      I would do double personally as I like the frosting! X



  50. Emma on December 14, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Help! I have a recipe that calls for 8 cups cream cheese icing (920 g) can you help me with the UK quantities to make this your way? Thank you so much 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 14, 2020 at 8:58 pm

      I’m not sure what you mean sorry?



    • Emma on December 15, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Hi, sorry – if I had looked through your previous comments and questions – I would have found the answer many times over – I just didn’t take the time, or word my question quite right! I am basically doing a 3 tier cake that is 9 inches and need to cover it in cream cheese – so I will use 3 times your recipe – looking forward to it, you have so many good reviews on it 🙂



  51. Nahleigh O on December 14, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! I’m planning to make a strawberry cream cheese frosting by incorporating a jam conserve. Do you reckon it’ll still be stable?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 14, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Whilst I haven’t tried it, I would imagine adding a conserve would loosen it x



    • Abi on January 9, 2021 at 10:31 am

      I don’t know if this is too late to be helpful, but I bought freeze dried strawberry powder off Amazon for other bakes. I wonder if this would work for you as the powder has quite a strong taste but shouldn’t loosen the icing.



  52. Claire on December 6, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    5 stars
    I have never successfully made cream cheese frosting, as it would fall into the watery and runny category. Tried your recipe today and it is a game changer. So smooth, rich & not a runny bit in sight. Have used to make my sons birthday cake – rainbow with M&Ms inside in a Piñata style. Thank you

  53. Mimi on December 6, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    5 stars
    Yaaaaassss Jane, cake saver. Thanks!

    I’ve had many a cake aesthetically ruined by runny frosting and went as far as writing to Mondelez who own Philly about selling cream cheese blocks in the UK but request denied 🙁

    Glad I have found this recipe now.

  54. Idun Turner on December 5, 2020 at 3:14 am

    5 stars
    I have had such a nightmare with creme cheese frostings, no matter which recipe I’ve used, they’ve all turned out runny. Until now, i not only managed a frosting with some structural integrity, but it’s pipeable! Would you mind if I worship you as the frosting goddess you clearly are?

  55. Bev JC on November 25, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Absolutely saved my red velvet cake!
    I had no idea American cream cheese was different, thank you, even the order you put the ingredients in makes such a difference, I wasted a lot of cream cheese because it was just to runny, I find this recipe and it’s in the fridge now before I later the cake up but actually is very stiff and probably doesn’t need to be as it’s already very stiff! I actually think it’s perfect but I won’t speak to soon. Thank you!

  56. Jessica on November 23, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Hi, I’m making a three layer (6 inch) red velvet cake and wondered if this would be suitable to use between layers. Would it offer the cake enough stability?
    I will probably cover the sides and top in vanilla American buttercream instead (safer option I think hah) so would this recipe be enough for between the three layers?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 23, 2020 at 11:08 am

      Yes I think as long as the American buttercream goes around the side this will be fine! x



  57. Lois on November 3, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe!
    I had no idea the American recipes I followed in the past were using a different kind of cream cheese which we can’t get here in the UK. No wonder my icing always turned into a gloopy mess!
    Started off using a fork to beat but it wasn’t coming together so dug out the old electric beater and gave it a whiz and still came out beautifully despite the slow start. I used M&S full fat cream cheese.
    The texture is excellent can’t wait to use this again with a red velvet 😀

  58. Helen on November 3, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Big Fan and i can tell this recipe is going to be great!!
    I’m making a 3 tier carrot cake, do you think if i doubled this recipe it would be enough to ice the layers and the entire outside aswell?
    I just made cream cheese frosting from another recipe and it’s a runny mess😩😩

    Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 5, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Yes I think doubling would be fine!! Cream cheese frosting is classically hard! x



    • Roxanne on January 1, 2021 at 11:13 am

      Hia Jane Do you think it would be ok use Mascarpone instead of Philadelphia please? x



    • Jane's Patisserie on January 1, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      Yes I imagine it will be fine – mascarpone is usually thicker anyway! x



  59. Lise Fontaine on November 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve lived in the UK since 2004 and every year for my birthday we make my fantastic carrot cake and ‘make do’ with a crappy version of the cream cheese icing. This year I searched for a UK recipe, found this one and just finished making it and can I just say WOW!!! it’s perfect and delicious. Thank you!! I highly recommend this recipe, so easy too!

  60. Patti on October 29, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    5 stars
    I have only ever commented on a few internet recipes before. However, I simply HAD to write about this one. I am American and love to bake. I have struggled for years to make decent cream cheese frosting here because of the cream cheese. I made a batch for my daughter’s BD cake and it was horribly runny. I almost cried…I then went onto the internet and found this recipe. Was at the shops at 7:30 this morning buying more ingredients.

    I cannot believe how easy and flawless this recipe is. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. I could kick myself for not having thought of it. The frosting is light and fluffy and best of all….FIRM! My only complaint is that it didn’t make enough for my taste. I am from the south and like a LOT! Never fear…I now know the secret and will simply make a larger amount next time.

    I cannot thank you enough for sharing this life changing recipe with the rest of us. You are an absolute Legend!

  61. Sarah on October 25, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    5 stars
    Absolute game changer for cream cheese icing! It turned out as stiff, pipeable icing rather than a runny mess. It’s also the perfect level of sweetness as I always feel the need to reduce icing sugar in most icing recipes.

    Thanks so much, Jane!

  62. Natisha on October 24, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Hi, I know this is supposed to be thick but what kind of consistency do you mean I’m not sure if mine is thick enough. I did 1.5 of the recipe, thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 24, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      Watch the YouTube video – it may help!



  63. Jacqueline Atkin on October 23, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never been able to get cream cheese frosting thick enough to pipe – this is amazing, piped really well with a Wilson 2D tip. I followed the method exactly, it only needed beating for a minute to incorporate the cream cheese into the buttercream. I used M&S Organic Full Fat Cream Cheese.

  64. Nisha on October 23, 2020 at 2:15 am

    Hi just wanted to know how can I use this recipe and make it into chocolate cream cheese frosting? Would I just add coco? If so how Much?

  65. Andreea on October 22, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    5 stars
    Planning to try this soon for my pumpkin panckakes… Not sure what do you mean the beater and not the wisk? So I cannot use the mixer? Or if I can, which attachment should I use?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 23, 2020 at 8:59 am

      On mixers you have whisks, and you have beater attachments.. I use the beater! It’s worth googling it for the mixer you have. x



  66. Naz on October 16, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I would like to flavour with lemon or lime juice. At what point can I add juice?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 16, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      It would be safer to use flavouring rather than juice, as any liquid will soften it (Which you don’t want), or you can try zest as it’s a stronger flavour. I would add it at the place of the vanilla!



  67. Michelle on October 2, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m loving baking lots of
    Your recipes and I get so many Good comments all thanks to you 🙂
    I have baked your carrot cake tonight but made it 3 tier for my nephews 18th. I wanted to cover the whole thing in this cream cheese frosting. Will it set in fridge like a normal buttercream does?
    Many thanks 🍰🧁

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 3, 2020 at 8:57 am

      This cream cheese is a lot thicker than normal cream cheese and needs to be kept in the fridge anyway – so as long as it stays thick when you make it, it would work fine! X



  68. Marcela on September 19, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Oof I have the spread instead, I’ll deffo get the block butter next time, thank you for your help🙂

  69. Marcela on September 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    On your recipe it says you need unsalted butter, but I don’t have that I have salted butter, could I still use that?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 19, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      As long as it is block butter it will be fine – it will just be slightly salted!



  70. Marcela on September 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    I don’t have unsalted butter rn but I will for next time, will it still work ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      I’m not sure what you mean sorry – you need unsalted block butter for the recipe to work?



  71. Kirsty on September 12, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I made it today to go with your carrot cake recipe. I don’t usually have much success with cream cheese frosting, it usually ends up too runny to pipe. I used full fat Philadelphia for this and followed the recipe exactly – perfect!

  72. Sophie Alice on September 5, 2020 at 8:08 am

    So if you go to Aldi if you get butter that in red pack? I always find when I back the frosting when I want to decorate on big Cake it can smudge easily? Any tips

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 5, 2020 at 10:30 am

      I’m unsure of Aldi’s butter – you just want block unsalted butter. Cream cheese frosting will always be softer than others, but this recipe is definitely firmer than most x



  73. Elizabeth Wightman on August 25, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    5 stars
    Fantastic, so excited. It worked beautifully. I used Lidl Goldessa cream cheese as I had heard it wasn’t wet. Can’t believe after all these years of making runny cream cheese frosting. Thank you so so much

  74. Linda Nash on August 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Hi I have made tge frosting but its gone runny. Have frozen it but do you have any recipes I could reuse it in please. Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 24, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      If it’s softer you can use it as a cream cheese glaze x



  75. Mair on August 22, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    By far the best receipe I’ve tried for cream cheese frosting. The others were either lumpy or runny. This was ample to generously top a large cake. I used Lidl full fat cream cheese.

  76. Nishat on August 21, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    5 stars
    OK so I was going to try with marscapone but decided to use Philadelphia as you suggested and follow your recipe to a T and it worked beautifully! I now no longer have worry about making soupy cream cheese frosting! Thank you so much, Jane! Don’t know what I would do without your recipes! You are a star!

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 21, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      Ahh yay that makes me so happy!! So glad it worked for you! x



  77. Ellis on August 19, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    5 stars
    Loved making cupcakes with this frosting. Where did you get that lovely speckled / terrazzo serving / chopping board from?

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 20, 2020 at 10:10 am

      It’s a typhoon elements chopping board – I love them all and they’re so pretty!! And thanks!



  78. Nishat on August 14, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Hi jane, I just wondered what you thought about me using mascarpone cheese instead of Philedelphia. The only reason I ask is that when I have used Philadelphia it has been runny (admittedly I didnt squeeze out any water). Would mascarpone be an option?

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 15, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      It’s definitely worth a go with mascarpone, but I personally just use the Philadelphia x



    • Jane Poppleton on October 1, 2020 at 11:18 am

      HI Jane, can I add cocoa to make it chocolate and what amount and when?
      Thanks Jane from sheffield



  79. Patricia on August 6, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Hi
    I’m making a red velvet cake(2 -8 inch),is this recipe suitable for a cake or just for muffins? Is this recipe enough for a 2 layer cake?
    Thank you very much

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 6, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Yes so you can use this for any recipe really – I personally would double the amount, but if you don’t want much you could use it as it is, or just use 1.5x the recipe! X



  80. Beth on August 5, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I’ve already used this recipe for cupcakes and it worked perfectly! Everyone loved them 🙂 I’d like to use this frosting again for a caramel cake; do you think I’d able to use brown butter instead of normal butter? I’m not sure if this would ruin the texture e.g. make it too runny

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      Brown butter should be okay, as long as it gets back to a solid before using it!



  81. Jax on August 5, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Foolproof recipe Jane, thanking you, 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  82. Zoë on August 3, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    5 stars
    Hands down, easily the best recipe ever!
    I’ve struggled with this for years. Now I know why and have just made the best batch ever! Thank you for your post. X

  83. Marcus Macedo Hardinge on July 31, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    4 stars
    I was glad to find this recipe because I live in Copenhagen and we do not have genuine cream cheese, we can buy ready made cream cheese frosting from the American section in the supermarket or cream cheese spread. It has been many hits and couple of misses with this recipe. The couple of misses resulted in what I can describe as an overly malleable paste that caused a bit of a mess. However, at it’s worst, I still prefer it over sugar frosting any day.

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 31, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      Ahh, if you are using different ingredients if you don’t have cream cheese then that could definitely result in some issues!!



  84. Gill on July 27, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Tried this recipe and it’s absolutely amazing! So thick and smooth. Thank you.

  85. G on July 25, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Could you fold in some whipped double cream to the mix too to make it go further?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 25, 2020 at 9:16 am

      I wouldn’t recommend that personally – it will change the texture/stability. I would just increase the other ingredients!



  86. Felicity on July 22, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Hi Jane,
    I am making a 3 layer cake all of which are 8inch. How much icing would I need for the fillings and to cover the top and sides of the cake?

    Thank you!!

  87. Jo Mitchell on July 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    5 stars
    I have tried cream cheese frosting a couple of times and it resulted in a runny mess. This recipe worked! Thank you! I was doubtful and so tried to squeeze water out of the cheese but only managed to squeeze cheese through the muslin so gave up but I needn’t have worried. Will definitely make again!

  88. Jennifer Hudson on July 15, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Hi, would this be firm enough to decorate a carrot cake with ? I wanted to use a scallop scraper on the sides but wonder whether you think it’ll be thick enough to hold to scallop effect on the sides?? Most of the other cream cheese frostings I’ve made before used way more icing sugar than this Xx thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 15, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      Hey – so as mentioned on the recipe this isn’t like other ones, because of the lesser amount of sugar. I find it works MUCH better than other recipes and I only use this one now – it’s definitely thick, but I haven’t tried it with a shaping scraper before. As long as it’s lovely and thick when you are done, there is no reason it shouldn’t work (Especially as it needs to be kept in the fridge) x



  89. Grace Macdonald on July 12, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    5 stars
    Hiya! You’ve probably noticed that I comment quite a bit on your blogs with various questions this is because not only do I love your recipes but baking is my passion and I’m always wanting to learn more and better my baking. I’ve made this cream cheese frosting several times before but was wondering how much should I make if I wanted thick amounts on your carrot cake recipe? Any help would be fab! Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 12, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      I usually say one batch of this is generous for 12 cupcakes – so I would personally double it for a layer cake!! And thank you! xx



  90. Katerina on July 9, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Jane, can I add food colouring o the cream cheese frosting? Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      Hey! You can do, but I don’t suggest using ones you can get from the supermarket – a good quality one such as progel, sugarflair or wilton for example would work as you need to add so little!



  91. Kiki on July 3, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Hi Jane, thanks so much for this updated recipe on cream cheese frosting! I’m planning on baking your red velvet cake using this cream cheese frosting recipe. My plan was to bake Saturday evening so it’s all ready for Sunday. Will it hold okay With the cream cheese in the middle and top? And how shall I store it overnight, in an air tight container left out in room temperature or the fridge?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 3, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Hey! Yes so the cake would need storing in the fridge because of the frosting – but it will last absolutely fine over night! x



  92. Steph on June 30, 2020 at 8:58 am

    5 stars
    After 2 attempts at cream cheese frosting that went VERY wrong I read this recipe and blog and now it comes out perfectly! I was using asda own cream cheese which was obviously waaaaaay too watery so now only use philadelphia. I am going to use on a carrot cake with 2 8″ cakes and sandwich together. I read above to double the recipe to make enough icing to do this, is this correct?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 30, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      Hey! Yes personally I would double it – but if you don’t want too much then as it is should be okay!



  93. Jen on June 8, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Can you detail what icing is good to use and when?
    I never know when to use normal icing/butter icing or cream cheese frosting to enhance which bakes.
    like can using one of type of icing be better on a certain cake?
    thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 8, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Hey! So cream cheese frosting is typically used on bakes such as carrot cake, red velvet cake – and basically any cake that can go in the fridge without drying out! A classic chocolate/vanilla Victoria sponge I wouldn’t use it, because those sponges can dry out!



  94. Laura on June 4, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Hi Jane.

    Do you have a recipe and instructions on how to do icing that I can write on top of my cheesecake please. Wanted to make one for Father’s Day

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 4, 2020 at 9:06 am

      I don’t I’m afraid – but the easiest thing I find personally is to use melted chocolate and write onto parchment paper rather than straight onto the cake!



  95. Nancy Rohil on June 3, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Hi! Can you explain me how do you do the whipped creamed?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 3, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Hiya – I’m not sure what you mean sorry? This recipe has no whipped cream!



  96. Julie T on June 2, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Hi, do you think I could use this recipe, adding coconut, to top your coconut loaf?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 2, 2020 at 11:35 am

      Hey! I haven’t tried this one with added coconut in yet, but I don’t see why not! It would be yummy!



  97. Aimi on May 25, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Made this today in double the quantity and it turned out amazing! Thanks so much Jane!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 25, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Yay! So glad you liked it!



    • Sam on June 5, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Hi i’m planning on doubling the recipe as well, how many layers was your cake? Thanks



  98. Aminah on May 23, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Jane its me again, i used this recipe but doubled the amount as suggested Above For my Celebration Red Velvet Cake, can I just say THANK YOU so much for all the tips and tricks and recipes , this frosting came out PERFECT which meant Amazing Red Velvet Cake which went down as a treat! Thank you again!!! Xxx

  99. Katrina on May 23, 2020 at 11:04 am

    5 stars
    This is fabulous. Can I add chocolate to it and how would it affect the ratio of the other ingredients

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 23, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Hey! So you can definitely give it a go – but sometimes it can seize. The easiest way is to add some cocoa powder! x



  100. Aminah on May 17, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Hi Jane, i am going to make 2 8inch red Velvet Cake and want to put frosting in between and all around, would above ingredients be enough? Also your red Velvet Cake recipe has some what 600g icing Sugar and this 150g i am just wondering if thats correct as looks like a drastic reduced amount? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 17, 2020 at 9:05 am

      The red velvet cake hasn’t been updated or re-baked, so it’s still the recipe that’s shown in the images. I would double this recipe to do what you want!



  101. Danielle on May 15, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! So happy this worked! I’d tried your old recipe so many times with no luck so I was apprehensive to try again after giving up. So glad I did though, it’s so thick and tasty!

  102. Muna on May 15, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    What is the difference between whisking and beating ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      They are just very different mixer attachments – whisks can whisk too much and not actually mix the ingredients very well, whereas a beater does!



  103. Christine on May 13, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    I followed this and was told it still tasted a little of the cheese should it taste this way I made it for the red velvet cupcakes

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 13, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      Hiya – cream cheese frosting is meant to taste like cream cheese. You can add in some more vanilla, or try mascarpone instead which is sweeter, but some cream cheeses do have a stronger taste that others!



  104. Becky on May 11, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    5 stars
    Came out pefect! Thank you

  105. Brodie on May 11, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I’m making a 3 tiered Red Velvet drip cake, how much of this would you recommend i make? I’m basically trying to do a Red Velvet version of your mini egg drip cake if that helps? 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      Hiya! I would say about 2-3x the recipe?! I would definitely keep an eye on it though as I have not made this in such a large batch! Also, cream cheese frosting may also still be a little slack for the perfect finish on the sides of the cake! x



  106. Alex on May 11, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Hi Jane!

    I want to try this recipe but would it work if I added a spread such as biscoff? Or would you stick to the buttercream method that is on your biscoff cupcake page? I hope that makes sense! X

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 11, 2020 at 11:08 am

      I personally would stick to the buttercream! For this it’s best to achieve the recipe as it is first, and then experiment so you know what might happen!!



  107. Nas on May 11, 2020 at 4:02 am

    Hi Jane,

    I hope you are well. Can I just ask if you want to make brown butter cream cheese icing would you advise to brown the butter first and cool it before whipping it and continue with the other steps?

    Thank you,
    Nas

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 11, 2020 at 9:13 am

      I’m not sure I’m afraid – you risk the butter being too soft and making a much softer cream cheese if you’re not careful – but it should be fine!



  108. Kristi on May 10, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    5 stars
    Hi! I made this frosting today to use with your carrot cake recipe. It wasn’t quite as thick as I expected but it’s still works perfectly and tastes amazing! Even my other half who absolutely hates cream cheese loves it! Just a quick question – I checked the post itself but couldn’t see it mentioned – if the frosting has been used on a cake, should the cake then be kept in the fridge or will it make it dry out? Thanks! 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      Hiya! I’m so glad it was a hit! And how to store it is mentioned in the notes – but yes it would need to be the fridge! Most cakes that are usually topped like carrot cake or red velvet are fine in the fridge. x



  109. Elinor McDowell on May 10, 2020 at 3:28 am

    5 stars
    Finally a cream cheese frosting that works! Made to your recipe today and worked perfectly… so pleased! Thank you for sharing with us!

  110. Yvonne on May 9, 2020 at 12:10 am

    2 stars
    Hi Jane
    I made the frosting but couldn’t get hold of Philadelphia so I used a coop own brand, I drained the liquid first, and it was an absolute disaster. It was just far too wet to pipe on to my cakes, I was so disappointed. I’m too scared to try it again now, I couldn’t cope if it happened again.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2020 at 8:45 am

      In all honesty, that could just be because of the coop cream cheese. I’ve never used it before, and as mentioned some can really still suck!



  111. Vicki on May 5, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    This looks great! I’m trying to find a cupcake icing that’s much firmer than buttercream, how different will this be by using the cream cheese?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 5, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Cream Cheese frosting is softer than American buttercream, by quite a lot!



  112. Carol Simpson on May 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Jane

    Could you add coco powder to the cream cheese frosting and if so how much would you use?

    Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 5, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      You can take out 25g of the icing sugar, and add in 25g cocoa powder at the same stage (although I haven’t tried this).



  113. Ali on May 5, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Jane, could you use this frosting with raspberries folded in, as a sort of raspberry ‘cheesecake’ type filling in the middle of a sponge cake? Would it work like that do you think?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 5, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      In all honesty, I’m not sure – as long as you very carefully folded them through, I don’t see why not – but you’ll just have to be careful because of the added moisture from the fruit!



  114. Rachel on May 4, 2020 at 8:02 am

    5 stars
    This is only handy if you bake lots but Booker cash & carry sell a 2 litre tub of “American style” cream cheese, it’s so thick and creamy!!!!

  115. katie on May 3, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    can you make this without an electric whisk/beater?
    also, will this be firm enough to pipe flowers with?x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 4, 2020 at 8:18 am

      I’ve had a few readers make it without, and yes it can be done – you really need to beat the butter and sugar together for 5-10 minutes before adding the cream cheese though so your arm may hurt! And if you make it correctly, it’s lovely and thick as you can see!



  116. Adrienne on May 3, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    I was intending to make a carrot cake yesterday so this post was perfect timing. I had to adjust the quantities as I was running low on butter but used the ratios suggested and I must say it worked a treat. There were no issues and it mixed to a beautiful texture and it was delicious. I dont have a fancy mixer so did it by hand and it worked. Will certainly be using this recipe again and again.

  117. Tracey Bruch on May 3, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    5 stars
    Many years ago we used to have block cream cheese in the UK. I used it many times for my frosting. I am so pleased to see your recipe, it answers why it no longer works! I shall be using this recipe going forward. Thank you. 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 3, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      I wish we still had it!! And thank you!



  118. Sian on May 3, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I’ve made this cream cheese frosting which you said can be frozen and used another time. When that time comes, what are the steps to making it usable again, as in how long to defrost it for etc? I would appreciate some help!
    Sian x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 3, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Hey! So it has to be defrosted in the fridge for sure, can’t be left at room temp. I would take it out the night before, and then mix a little bit by hand to refresh it a little before using!



  119. Kimberley Davies on May 3, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    I prefer my cream cheese frosting to have an orange flavour (especially with carrot cake) . At what stage of the frosting process would you add orange juice/zest? Thank you x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 3, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      I wouldn’t add orange juice personally, but you can add orange zest or extract in place of the vanilla!



  120. Maria on May 3, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Hi Jane. I only have salty butter. Will it be horrible?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 3, 2020 at 9:21 am

      Hey! It won’t be horrible, but it will be less sweet and saltier! (And it’ll only work again if it’s the solid wrapped in foil kind)



  121. Rizma Khan on May 2, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Yes electric handwisk. Can you still beat with that?xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 2, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Yes if you use the beater attachments! Don’t go too fast too quick though as the surface area can be different from a stand mixer.



  122. Karen Coysh on May 2, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    What about using mascarpone instead of cream cheese

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 2, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      I haven’t tested it with mascarpone, but there is no reason why not if following the same steps!



  123. Tracy on May 2, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Hi jane. Would mascarpone be ok?.

    Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 2, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      I haven’t tested it with mascarpone, but there is no reason why not if following the same steps!



  124. Becky on May 2, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Everything you said above was just so spot on!
    Carrot cakes and red velvets are some of my favourites, but I always avoid making them because the frosting can be such a pain. So I am very excited to try this!!
    Thank you so much for sharing 😊😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 2, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      Hahaha yes!! I’ve always used buttercream with them but it just isn’t the same! I hope you love this recipe!



    • Becky on September 10, 2020 at 9:47 am

      5 stars
      Hands down the best cream cheese recipe I have tried. My go to since the above comment in May!
      SO fluffy and thick – I know your recipes are always a winner Jane, but I couldn’t believe how well this turned out!!
      My grandma loved it too 🥰

      I would love to know how you could make this into a chocolate cream cheese?
      Would you just swap out some icing sugar for cocoa powder? Or add a little cooled melted choc and refrigerate until firm?

      I’ve bought some milka philadelphia to try it with, but thought some extra choc would give it a more intense flavour!



    • Jane's Patisserie on September 12, 2020 at 10:54 am

      Ah that’s amazing! The easiest way probably is to add cocoa powder but I will be posting a chocolate version soon enough! x



  125. Ann Parsons on May 2, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    5 stars
    Brilliant post Jane, thank you for sharing. Ann💕

  126. LouB on May 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you! After a disaster last week I’m going to try again next week

  127. Rizma Khan on May 2, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    How do you best the mixture if you only have a hand whisk x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 2, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      Do you mean electric or not?



    • Cee on May 13, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      How long can you freeze for Jane? Also would you have to defrost in the fridge?

      I have a tub of cream cheese to use up so this is perfect



    • Jane's Patisserie on May 13, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      I would say it can be frozen definitely for a month, but up to three months realistically! And yes, definitely thaw in the fridge so it always stays cold! x



    • Rose Taylor on August 10, 2021 at 10:52 pm

      Hi jane, I am wondering when you say ‘beat’ for the first stage (butter) then adding the icing sugar, can this be done using an electric whisk?
      I noticed that you said specifically not to when adding the cream cheese, so just want to make sure before I proceed!

      Many thanks 🙂



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