Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting is a blend of cinnamon-spiced cream cheese frosting and whipped cream. It’s perfect for those who love a frosting that’s not too sweet. It pipes nicely but also makes smooth swirls for a more casual cake. Use it for all of your fall-flavored cakes or wherever you want the warmth of brown sugar and cinnamon.
How many of you belong to the “I like frosting that’s not too sweet” club?
I’m raising my hand high in the air. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times; I’m just not a fan of super sugary sweet frostings.
So, please don’t be offended if you see me scraping said frosting off of a piece of cake or artfully decorated cupcake.
For me, anything that’s too sweet just masks the flavor of whatever lies beneath.
I realize that not everyone agrees with me. I think I’ve shared that I have a friend that loves that gritty sugar frosting that makes your teeth ache. That’s one of those, “Hey, that’s cool. You do you,” moments.
That doesn’t mean I’m not cringing on the inside because my teeth hurt just looking at someone eat a mound of that stuff.
Like I said, I usually scrape most of that off my piece of cake/cupcake. I always leave a bit behind, because a little can go a long way, and hey, I still want some frosting on my cake.
What’s the BEST not too sweet frosting?
Clearly, I’m biased, but today I’m sharing yet another version of my favorite, FAVORITE, not too sweet frosting, Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting.
Yep, that’s been one of the most popular posts on my site since it was first posted. It has almost 500 comments on it and has been pinned almost 700,000 times!
It was so popular that I needed to create a chocolate version. And guess what? That chocolate version is also a super popular recipe on the site.
That’s right. There are quite a few of us out there that prefer a less sweet frosting. And, while the OG version is my favorite, I also have a whipped vanilla frosting, whipped chocolate frosting and a whipped peppermint frosting.
Those delicious, not too sweet frostings are not cream cheese or whipped cream based. They are made with a cooked flour pudding-like mixture that is whipped into softened butter and produces a fluffy, not too sweet buttercream.
They are sturdier because they are butter based and therefore a type of buttercream. I love them because they are perfect, fluffy, not too sweet buttercreams. They are treasured recipes in my go to arsenal of not too sweet frostings and fillings.
What I’m saying is that we’ve got choices, my not too sweet frosting fans.
Ok, so we’ve got the OG version of the whipped cream cream cheese frosting and its chocolate counterpart.
(By the way, if you’re worried about the cream cheese in this frosting, I’ve had people who don’t like cream cheese frosting admit to loving this one.)
I’ve used that original version on just about everything including pancakes and oatmeal! You’ll see how I use it in the video on that post. It really is good enough just to eat with a spoon!
I’ve also used it on this Italian Cream Cake, as well as this Strawberry Cake. It’s absolutely scrumptious on red velvet cake and carrot cake. And, I’ve pretty much used it on almost every birthday cake I’ve made because it’s everyone’s favorite frosting.
How to make Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting
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Now that it’s fall, I figured it was high time for a version that was perfectly suited to fall flavors.
So, I started with the sugar. Instead of regular granulated sugar, I used brown sugar. The brown sugar gives it a nice warm, caramelly flavor.
Then, I added some butter to the cream cheese mixture. The butter adds a boost of flavor and it adds some extra body because of the higher fat content.
I also added some powdered sugar. This helps to balance out the body of the frosting with the additional moisture we’re getting from the molasses in the brown sugar.
Finally, it was time for spice. I added cinnamon. I happen to love using a good Vietnamese Cinnamon, but I’ve also made this with your typical grocery store variety. (aff. link)
Why Ingredient Temperature Matters
Remember that I said that there are almost 500 comments on the whipped cream cream cheese frosting post? Well, some of them are from readers who are huge fans and love the recipe. And some are from those who’ve struggled with success.
Even though this is the easiest frosting I make, some readers still have issues.
Ingredient temperature is one of the culprits of not achieving success. Here’s why:
This is essentially a whipped cream frosting. Whipped cream needs to be cold to stay whipped. Otherwise, because of its fat content, it will soften or melt when warm.
We need to keep the mixture cold to get a good piping consistency.
A common mistake is allowing the cream cheese to come to room temperature. I know that’s typical when making cheesecake, but it is neither necessary nor recommended in this recipe.
The cream cheese needs to be cold. You’re going to mix it with sugar which will help break it down. Don’t worry. You won’t get lumps and your cold whipped cream will thank you.
What temperature should the butter be?
- The addition of butter is new to this particular type of frosting. Super cold butter is hard to beat into submission, so I use slightly cool butter. In other words, butter that’s still firm-ish, but soft enough to break down and beat with a mixer.
- If you’re worried about breaking it down, the sugar will help, but you can also cut it into smaller pieces. There are only 4 Tablespoons to beat up. Cut it in four and throw the pieces in the mixer. You should be good to go.
What’s the “One Bowl Method?”
- In the “One Bowl Method,” everything happens in the same bowl. The butter is mixed with the sugar, then the cream cheese and other ingredients are mixed in until fluffy. You need this mixture to be fluffy so that it doesn’t weigh down the whipped cream in the next step.
- Finally, the heavy cream is drizzled down the side of the bowl and whipped to stiff peaks.
- This is the easiest way to make this frosting, but may pose challenges for some.
What’s the “Two Bowl Method?”
- In the “Two Bowl Method,” the butter/cream cheese mixture is mixed as directed in one bowl until fluffy.
- Then, the whipped cream is mixed in a separate bowl to stiff peaks.
- Finally, the two mixtures are folded together and beat to fully combine.
My frosting was runny. What’s the problem?
- Make sure your ingredients are cold.
- Make sure you didn’t whip the cream cheese mixture for so long that the mixture became runny before you added the cream. It should be fluffy. See photos above.
- Make sure you whip long enough for the heavy whipping cream to whip to stiff peaks.
- If you’re using a stand mixer, make sure you’re using the paddle attachment for the butter and cream cheese mixture, then switch to the whisk attachment when you add the heavy cream.
- Use block cream cheese, not whipped cream cheese.
- Still trying to troubleshoot a problem? Use the “Two Bowl Method.” Then, you can ensure your cream cheese mixture is fluffy and your whipped cream is whipped to stiff peaks.
- Fluffy plus fluffy should equal fluffy. Making the two mixtures separately should help you identify where your issue lies. Once you’re more confident, move to the one bowl method.
How do I keep the frosting cold if my kitchen is hot?
- Use the “Two Bowl Method.” Chill all bowls and beaters.
- Once you make the cream cheese mixture, put it back in the refrigerator to stay cold while you whip the cream.
- Chill the item you want to frost, then work quickly with piping and frosting and get the frosted item back into the refrigerator.
- If making a double batch for a large cake, I’ll make one batch to fill the cake layers and do a crumb coat. Then, I’ll allow that to chill in the refrigerator and wait to make the final batch of frosting for decorating until the cake is thoroughly chilled.
Seriously, even with all of this troubleshooting talk, please know that this should be an easy frosting to make. I can whip up the OG version in under 10 minutes.
Don’t give up if you’re having issues. Read the post for all the tips and I will help you troubleshoot in the comment section if you need it.
Can I frost my cake/cupcakes in advance?
- Yes. Absolutely. I always frost in advance. Just remember that this frosting is perishable, so store your cake/cupcakes in the refrigerator until serving.
- (Bonus tip: try not to store it in a refrigerator that has anything in it with a strong aroma like garlic or onion. You don’t want your stored cake to pick up those flavors.)
How long can I leave my frosted cake at room temperature?
- It should be fine up to 2 hours if served in a cool room. I like to set the cake out 30-60 minutes before serving to take the chill off the cake.
- I don’t recommend letting a cake with this frosting sit outside at a hot picnic. The frosting will get very soft and if too hot, will melt, just like you’d expect with whipped cream.
Can I dye this frosting?
- Yes, but this question generally comes up with the original vanilla version. In most cases, you’re probably going to use this brown sugar cinnamon version, as is, in all its beautiful natural color glory.
- If you do decide to dye it, use gel colors to prevent adding too much liquid.
So, are you one of my diehard fans of the original Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting or its chocolate counterpart? Then, I know you’re going to love this new Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting.
It’s creamy and wonderful just like the original, but all dressed up and ready for fall! I even created a new fall cake with this frosting in mind. Stay tuned for that post. It’s coming soon!
Oh, and lest I forget to mention it, this version is still good enough to eat with a spoon!
Friday 29th of July 2022
This is my absolute favorite frosting recipe. My family loves it. We just used it for the 3rd time for a surprise cake for a friend’s birthday. The leftover frosting went from the decorating bag into dessert cups to freeze for a ice cream treat for later.
Saturday 30th of July 2022
Hi Trish! I'm excited to hear how much you're enjoying this recipe. And yes! It freezes so well for a wonderful ice cream treat. I actually did this with Nutella. Check out No Churn Nutella Cheesecake Ice Cream. :)
Monday 27th of December 2021
Delicious! Served with vanilla Bundt cake! Perfect
Monday 27th of December 2021
Hi, Kim! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed it! 😊
Friday 15th of October 2021
This recipe sounds delicious! I’m gonna make it this weekend, just wondering what type of cake it pairs best with?
Friday 15th of October 2021
Hi Joelle! It is delicious! I paired it with my Pumpkin Ale Cake. So, I think it would be great with any pumpkin cake, spice cake or maybe an applesauce cake. It would also be delicious with a butter pecan cake. It's really quite versatile and would pair nicely with so many cakes! I also have a plain vanilla version and a chocolate version that you should definitely try if you end up loving this type of frosting as much as we do!
Saturday 5th of September 2020
This recipe is truly the most perfect recipe I have ever found. It has the most delicious cinnamon flavor, it's not too sweet, and it is ever-so fluffy and pipes beautifully. I passed up many recipes till I found yours and I knew I wanted to try yours because of the ingredients and all the pictures and specifics you give to help us along. I can't thank you enough for this recipe (it truly is a dream come true for me) and I will be trying many more of your recipes real soon. I know they're great too. Thank you again!
Sunday 6th of September 2020
Well, Margie, I couldn't ask for a more glowing comment than that! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back to the site and give such positive feedback. I'm glad that you found the recipe and enjoyed it so much. I hope you find other recipes here that you love as much as this one!
Saturday 14th of December 2019
Can't wait to try, but I'm curious, does regular whipping cream work or is it imperative that it be heavy whipping cream for success?
Saturday 14th of December 2019
Hi Sarah, the cream you use should say either heavy cream or heavy whipping cream on the carton. I think some brands will state regular whipping cream instead of heavy. Either of those will work for this recipe. However, I think you'll have greater success with a cream that is "heavy" because it has a higher fat content and will give you more structure for piping.