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Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting with Video!

This post for Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting was originally published on February 7th, 2015. It has been updated with additional photos, text and a new video! (I’ve left many of the original photos, for nostaligia’s sake and to insure that repeat visitors recognize that, yes, this is still that same favorite, creamy, not too sweet, frosting recipe 😊)

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting on a cupcake from themerchantbaker.com

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting is one of my most popular recipes. But, it was published almost three years ago! Many of you don’t even know that it exists!

 

So, consider this an introduction to one of the single best frosting recipes you’ll ever make. If you’ve never gotten rave reviews for frosting, it’s because you haven’t yet made this amazing recipe.

I’ve also been dying to make a video of it. One, because a video is worth a thousand words, and two, because I’m so excited to show the versatility of the recipe. It’s a fun video to watch, too! (Scroll down to the bottom to view it.)

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting in a dish dessert from themerchantbaker.com

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting has been my favorite frosting ever since I discovered it in 2005. Yep, that’s 12 years of deliciousness! In all that time, I’ve made this frosting a million times more than any other frosting.

Why? Because it combines my two favorite frostings of all time, whipped cream and cream cheese. I love them because they always fall into the creamy, not too sweet category.

I’m not a sweet frosting kind of girl. When it’s too sweet, I scrape it all off or leave just a transparent layer to sweeten whatever lies beneath it.

If the frosting crusts, it’s even worse. That’s one of my friend’s favorite frostings, the kind that makes your teeth hurt. Ugh! Not for me.

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting on a cupcake with sprinkles from themerchantbaker.com

But, I do love a good buttercream if it’s not too sweet, not too buttery and whipped to an airy lightness. I rarely run into great buttercreams and I’m still working on my own ratios to get to my ultimate recipe for that.

Over the years, I’ve found a few that I like, namely this Whipped Vanilla Frosting and Whipped Chocolate Frosting and they’ve served me well.

However, this Whipped Cream Cream Cheese frosting is the favorite of that small group and is nothing like those teeth gratingly sweet, sugary buttercreams.

People always want to know what kind of frosting it is, because it doesn’t look like a cream cheese frosting and yet has more body than a whipped cream frosting. It looks a lot like buttercream when you pipe it, but doesn’t taste like buttercream.

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting on a cupcake with sprinkles from themerchantbaker.com

Therefore, you end up with many questions like, “What kind of frosting IS this?  Or, ” I usually hate frosting but this is sooo good!”

Even my friend who loves crusty sweet frosting likes this frosting. And, one of my son’s teachers hates cream cheese frosting, but loves this. So, I’d say that it has pretty wide appeal.

It’s also very easy to make and generally foolproof. I’ve never ever had an issue when making it because, frankly, there’s not much to mess up. Friends, my husband, who is not a baker, can make this frosting.

Mixing cream cheese with electric hand mixer

That said, from the many comments I’ve received, I do realize that some of you have had issues. I’ve added many notes to the recipe to try to insure your success. But, it really comes down to a few things:

Tips for making Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Ingredients Matter! Use block cream cheese, not whipped. I use Philadelphia.
  • Use the proper cream. I use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream. They are 30-36% fat. It’s the cream you buy to make whipped cream. If you aren’t sure, ask someone in the dairy department.
  • Keep everything cold. That goes for the cream cheese and the heavy cream. (A cold bowl and beaters is also good, though I never need to take that step.)
  • Don’t over beat. If you over beat the cream cheese, the mixture will become soupy. If you over beat the whipped cream, you’ll end up with butter.
Combining whipped cream with cream cheese

You can make this frosting in one bowl or two. I made it in two bowls for years. I call it,“The Two Bowl Method.” I suggest those of you who are having issues use this method.

For the “Two Bowl Method”:

  • In one bowl, whip the cream cheese with sugar, salt and vanilla.  In a second bowl, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Fold them together, then whip with your mixer for another minute to fully combine the two mixtures.
Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting on a Spoon

But then, I started making it with what I call, “The One Bowl Method.” This is the only way I make it now and the way I show it in the video.

For the “One Bowl Method”:

  • In a large bowl, simply whip the cream cheese with sugar, salt and vanilla.
  • Then, slowly drizzle cold heavy whipping cream down the side of the bowl until you get stiff peaks. Done and done! It’s one bowl easy.
Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting New 2017

This is my family’s request for just about every birthday cake. Above are just two of the birthday cakes (this Kimochi cake and this Minecraft cake) that have been graced with this frosting.

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting piped on side of cake from themerchantbaker.com
Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting piped on a cake topped with strawberries from themerchantbaker.com

I’ve used this to frost anything from cupcakes to large, multi-tiered cakes. The year that I posted this recipe, I featured it on the delicious Strawberry Cake above.

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting as a filling for whoopie pies from the merchantbaker.com

You can use it for filling whoopie pies. It pipes beautifully so it can make anything you put it on just a little bit more special.

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting as a topping for pancakes from themerchantbaker.com

It’s amazing on top of pumpkin pancakes or any pancakes! It’s delicious as a sweet spread for muffins. With a few adjustments, you can make it into a fruit dip or top a bowl of cut up fruit for a delicious dessert.

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting as a topping for oatmeal with berries from themerchantbaker.com

One morning, I had leftovers of the frosting and no pancakes. So, I tried topping our oatmeal with it along with some fresh berries.

It was un-be-lievable! That’s right. Say, “Hello,” to strawberry or blueberry cheesecake oatmeal!

The frosting on a spoon shot? Well, it’s one of the original photos. But, I was running out of ideas that day for how to shoot this amazing frosting so I just piped it on a spoon.

And really, that spoon shot really says it all.

Trust me when I tell you that it’s just gonna happen. Whether you dip a spoon right into that billowy bowl of goodness or you file it under, “licking the bowl,” it’s gonna happen.

At my house? It not only “happens”…

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting piped on a spoon from themerchantbaker.com

They line up for it!

You’ll see…this Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting is quickly going to become one of your favorites!

For all of you looking for another version of this amazing frosting…

And here’s the perfect option to top your fall flavored cakes like this Pumpkin Ale Cake, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting!

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting on a spoon from themerchantbaker.com

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 1 batch is enough to frost a 2 layer 9" cake or 24 cupcakes

Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting. A combo of two favorites, you'll use this creamy, not too sweet frosting and filling for much more than topping cakes.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package, block cream cheese, cold, you can use Neufchatel if you're not planning to pipe it
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar, or 3/4 cup, if you prefer less sweet
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream or heavy cream, cold

Instructions

For the traditional "Two Bowl Method":

  1. In a large bowl, whip cream with a mixer until it forms stiff peaks.
  2. In another bowl, beat cream cheese for about 15 seconds or until creamy.
  3. Add sugar, salt and vanilla to the cream cheese and whip until fully combined and creamy. It should only take a minute or two to whip up the cream cheese and sugar mixture. Don't worry about checking for sugar grittiness. Just make sure it's fully combined and still fluffy.
  4. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture then use mixer until it's fully combined and fluffy.

For the easy "One Bowl Method":

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese for about 15 seconds or until creamy. Add sugar, salt and vanilla and whip until fully combined.
  2. Drizzle cold cream down the side of the bowl (to prevent splashing) and beat until stiff peaks form. You'll see your beaters leaving clear trails in the mixture at this stage.
  3. Use immediately for frosting, piping or filling. Store leftovers and whatever you've frosted or filled in the refrigerator.

Notes

*I've always used the full cup of sugar, but yesterday I tried reducing it to 3/4 cup and I liked it better with less. Either way, it's delicious. Update 11-12-21: I've been using only 1/2 cup sugar for the past couple of years and my family loves it just the same. For those of us who love a not too sweet frosting, this is another win!

*I have a stand mixer and a hand mixer, so to save time, I usually let my stand mixer whip the cream while I mix the cream cheese mixture with my hand mixer. (Now I use the "one bowl" method, so only one mixer is needed!:)

*Update 9-17-19: If you use a stand mixer for the one bowl method, use the paddle attachment for the cream cheese portion, then switch to the whisk attachment before adding the cream. 

*You want to work quickly and keep everything cold for best results when piping or frosting. If I have leftovers, I usually leave them in the piping bag and place the piping bag in a Ziploc and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days. It still pipes beautifully one day after storing, however, I've only used that option for leftovers.

*If I have leftover cake that has this frosting on it, I slice individual pieces, wrap in wax paper and place the wrapped pieces in a freezer Ziploc bag. I either thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or allow to thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or very carefully use the microwave on a 50% power setting. You want to thaw the cake without melting the frosting.

*Update 8/31/15...Many readers have asked about leaving this frosting out at room temperature. Here's the response I've given...It depends on how hot it is. When I use this recipe, I always keep my frosted cake/cupcakes etc... refrigerated until I have to take them anywhere, but they’ve been out up to two hours (in air conditioning or cool weather) and held up well, though I think they’re probably best up to one hour. I don’t like to leave anything perishable out more than two hours anyway. I wouldn’t leave them out for long at a hot picnic or in very warm weather. I actually like to take my cakes out about 1/2 hour or up to an hour before serving so that they can lose the chill of the refrigerator and the cake isn't too dense from being cold. So, I try to serve the frosted baked good almost at room temperature. But this is not a recipe I would leave out for hours and hours at a party. My Whipped Vanilla Frosting recipe is perfect if you need something that can live for a longer time at room temperature.

Update 12-26-15: I've recently started making this in one bowl and it has worked perfectly for me. Just beat the cream cheese mixture together first as stated in the recipe, then gradually add the heavy cream (unbeaten) and continue beating until you get stiff peaks. (I usually have to stir the cream in a little bit so that it doesn't splash when I turn the beaters back on.)

*Update 8-4-16: Yes, you can tint/color this frosting! I use gel food colors. You can see this used as a colored frosting in my Minecraft Cake and Kimochi Cake posts.

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Lisa

Saturday 4th of May 2024

I’ve been using this recipe with the 1 bowl method for years and it’s my favorite! Any thoughts on how long cupcakes could stay refrigerated without a cover before serving? Like 4-6 hours? Thought?! Thanks!!

Ramona

Saturday 4th of May 2024

Hi Lisa, I've never refrigerated them without a cover. I usually put them in a cupcake carrier that has a lid. Once it has the lid, then there's no issue to storing them for a day or two in the fridge. Refrigerators can dry cake out unless sealed in frosting. Cupcakes don't really get sealed, so I'd worry about that. I should mention that I have refrigerated uncovered, but fully frosted cakes with this frosting without issue, although I do that in a separate refrigerator. My cakes are generally too large to fit into my main fridge. So, I think the frosting would be okay, barring any strong smells in your fridge that the frosting might pick up. The issue is whether your cake will be affected. I'm sorry that I can't say for certain what would happen after 4-6 hours if left uncovered.

Terri Clevenger

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

This is "OUTSTANDING!" SOOOOOO VERY GOOD! Thank you 😊

Ramona

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Terri, I'm happy to hear you love it too!

Terri Clevenger

Monday 8th of April 2024

Can I fold in a can of cherries. To lay on a white cake? It soundsgoodin my mind , just wondering if it can be done before destroying a good frosting.. Thank you 😊

Ramona

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Hi Terri, I don't think I'm getting back to you in time, but I would say not to fold in the can of cherries unless you're okay with deflating the frosting. The cherries will simply be pretty heavy and defeat all the air we just whipped in. However, if I did do it, I would only do it in the filling. What I usually do is use the fruit as a layer on top of the frosting. So, I've done this with strawberry jam in between the layers. I've also done this with homemade cherry pie filling on top of the frosted and already chilled cake. When you chill the frosted cake, the frosting firms up. Then you can add the heavier topping.

Elliot

Friday 1st of March 2024

I’ve used this recipe a number of times on banana cake and it’s delightful. I haven’t baked anything that calls for this recently so I can’t recall, would a chocolate drip ruin this frosting if the cake was set up and refrigerated?

Elliot

Saturday 2nd of March 2024

@Ramona, Awesome, thanks so much!

Ramona

Friday 1st of March 2024

Oh, Elliott, not at all! I've definitely done chocolate drips on this frosting. It's important, as you've mentioned, to insure the frosted cake is thoroughly chilled. And, of course, insure that your "drip" is not too hot. That's not normally an issue, because drips generally are not on the warm side, but I thought I'd mention it, just in case!

Jody

Monday 12th of February 2024

I’m testing several cream cheese frosting recipes to top some carrot cake cupcakes that I’m making for a birthday celebration. They need to hold their piped shape for a few hours. With this recipe (two-bowl method), I didn’t get good results the first go. It turned out quite soft, still pipeable, but my test plops deflated rather quickly. But the flavour and texture of this frosting is so over-the-top delicious, that I’m going to persevere. It’s so light, not too sweet, and there isn’t a hint of graininess from the granulated sugar. I will not hesitate to use this recipe again for anything and everything that goes with cream cheese frosting. Thank you!

Ramona

Friday 16th of February 2024

Hi Jody, I think it's important to keep everything cold. The one bowl method works great for me. Piping is good, not as sharp as with a standard buttercream, but I've pretty much made it work for all of my cakes since everyone I make a cake for insists on this frosting :) The one thing I might add is that if you use the frosting when it's just made and still chilly, you should get some decent piping. Then, chill the decorated cake. The frosting and piped work will firm up. I think the biggest issue is needing the frosting to last for a few hours. I usually cap out of the fridge time at 2 hours. If the room is warm, then I would cap it at an hour. Hope this helps!

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