This no butter cream cheese frosting is light, fluffy and melts in the mouth just like whipped cream. A simple, easy and effortless recipe that gets done in less than 10 minutes. Perfect for cupcakes or your favorite carrot cake recipe.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed combine cream cheese, lemon juice, cornstarch, salt, and heavy cream for a minute. Pro tip - the cream cheese must be at room temperature otherwise it will be lumpy.
Gradually add powdered sugar one cup at a time until you've used all of the powdered sugar. Then, add the vanilla extract and continue to whip on medium-high for 1 to 2 minutes more until it is smooth light and fluffy. Pro tip - do not overwhip cream cheese as it can separate or become curdled.
Consistency – Add a few tablespoons of powdered sugar to make it firmer or add a few tablespoons of heavy cream to loosen itPro tip - if using it to frost a cake keep the frosting to a smooth but firm spreadable consistency or it will be too soft to smooth with the bench scraper.
Flavored cream cheese frosting
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - replace 2tbsp powdered sugar with cocoa powder - mix together before you add into the mixer.
Lemon Juice - Replace the fresh cream with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice - more if you like a tart buttercream
Peppermint - replace 1 teaspoon of vanilla in the recipe with 1 teaspoon peppermint extract to the above frosting
Maple - Replace the cream in this recipe with Maple syrup - the syrup will lighten the frosting so you may not be able to pipe firm swirls but it will still be absolutely delicious
Caramel - Omit the fresh cream in the recipe - Add ¼ cup thick caramel sauce (see my homemade caramel sauce recipe here) - and add the caramel sauce at the last stage and you have whipped the cream cheese frosting. The consistency will be softer so you won't be able to pipe firm swirls. Since caramel is added sugar the resulting frosting is rather sweet. You can add salt flakes to cut some of that and get a salted caramel effect. Personally, I prefer to make the classic cream cheese frosting recipe and then drizzle the caramel over the finished cupcake or cake as an added effect which is usually more appreciated than adding caramel into the frosting.
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