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Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve made Oreo cream cheese frosting a few times over the years for different projects, but realized I haven’t shared the recipe yet!

This frosting uses my cream cheese buttercream recipe as a base, then mix in the perfect amount of crushed Oreos to make the best Oreo cream cheese frosting.

This frosting is definitely on the sweet side, but the cream cheese and heavy cream help balance out its flavor.

image of a slice of red velvet oreo cake that's frosted with an oreo red velvet cream cheese frosting

You could also add the same amount of crushed Oreos and cream cheese to a batch of a my Swiss meringue frosting to create a less sweet frosting.

What Can I Frost with this Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting?

The sky’s the limit when it comes to using this frosting. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, macarons, you name it!!

image of oreo cream cheese buttercream frosting made in a glass bowl

I’ve used it to frost my red velvet Oreo cake, chocolate cupcakes, Oreo macarons, and even my buttercream cookies!

Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting Troubleshooting

While this recipe is pretty straight forward, sometimes people do run into issues making Oreo cream cheese buttercream. The hardest part is getting the consistency of your buttercream just right.

There are few different factors that influence the consistency of your frosting.

It’s a delicate balance between the temperature of your kitchen, the brand of butter you use, the temperature of your butter, and the amount of heavy cream you use.

The easiest way to see if your frosting is the right consistency is the spatula test! I check the consistency of every batch of frosting I make using this test.

It confirms that your frosting is stiff enough to hold its shape, but spreadable enough for you to easily frost your cake or pipe onto cupcakes. 

To test your frosting, firmly press a rubber spatula into your frosting and pull directly up. Turn the spatula right side up, and look at the frosting on the tip.

image of buttercream frosting being tested for the right consistency
Testing the consistency of a batch of my buttercream frosting using the spatula test.

The frosting should form a somewhat soft peak that has a little curl on the end. It’s stiff enough to hold up that curl, but soft enough to create that little curl.

That little curl is a great visual cue to know that your frosting is just the right consistency.

If it’s too stiff and sticks straight up, I suggest adding in more heavy cream (1 Tbsp at a time).

If it’s too thin and doesn’t form a little peak at all, try adding a bit more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time). You can also chill it in the fridge in 10-minute intervals.

After each adjustment, be sure to retest the frosting with your spatula before making any additional changes.

image of oreo macarons that are stacked with one bitten into to show its chewy center

Paddle Attachment vs. Whisk Attachment

Now that we’ve covered troubleshooting, the last thing to discuss is our equipment.

Either a paddle or whisk attachment can be used to make this frosting with a stand mixer, or you can use a hand mixer.

I like to use my paddle attachment when making frosting for a cake, to minimize the amount of air that is incorporated into the frosting.

This makes silky smooth frosting, which is easier to smooth onto cakes.

I use my whisk attachment when making frosting for cupcakes, which I like to be light and fluffy!

I like to incorporate air into frosting for cupcakes, because I usually pipe massive swirls onto each cupcake.

These are just my personal preferences though, and you can use whatever attachment or mixer you have. They’ll all get the job done!

image of oreo cream cheese frosting piped on top of a cake

Make Your Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting in Advance

This Oreo cream cheese frosting buttercream recipe can be made in advance. I highly recommend making it ahead of time if possible.

Not only does it give the frosting time to develop more flavor, it also makes the decoration of a cake or cupcakes less stressful and more fun.

This frosting keeps in the fridge for several weeks if stored in an airtight container.

When you’re ready to use the chilled buttercream, remove it from the fridge a few hours in advance (or overnight) and allow it to come to room temperature.

Give it a good stir with a rubber spatula or an electric mixer to get rid of any air bubbles that may have formed. Once the buttercream is smooth again, it’s ready to use!

Tips for Making Best Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Make sure your butter and cream cheese is at room temperature before making your frosting.
  • As long as your powdered sugar contains cornstarch (most brands in the US do) there’s no need to sift you powdered sugar.
  • Use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream and not normal milk! You need the higher fat percentage for the frosting to have the right consistency.
  • If you are making frosting for a cake, mix the buttercream on the lowest speed at the end of the process for a couple minutes to get out any extra air that might have be incorporated during the mixing process.
  • I usually make 1 1/2 batches of frosting to fill and frost a seven or eight inch cake.

Making this Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe in Advance and Storage Tips:

  • Make your frosting ahead of time or save any leftover frosting! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to a month.
  • Be sure to give it a good stir once it thaws to get the consistency nice and smooth again.
  • A frosted cake can last in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month. The buttercream locks in all the moisture, keeping the cake fresh and delicious!
  • If you cut into the cake and have leftovers, use any remaining frosting to cover the cut section to keep it moist and store in the fridge for up to a week.
image of oreo cupcake frosted with oreo cream cheese frosting

Let Me Know What You Think

If you try this Oreo cream cheese frosting recipe, I’d love to hear what you think!

Please leave a rating below, and a comment to let me know your thoughts. Or if you share on social, tag @chelsweets and use the #chelsweets so I can see your creations!

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Yield: 7 cups

Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting

image of a red velvet oreo cake frosted with an oreo cream cheese buttercream

This Oreo cream cheese frosting is rich, tangy, and packed with Oreo flavor!! It tastes amazing on cakes, cupcakes and cookies alike!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature (339 grams) - 3 sticks
  • 1/2 cup full-fat cream cheese, room temperature (113 grams or 4 oz.)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract (12 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (3 grams)
  • 7 cups powdered sugar (875 grams)
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream (or whipping cream) (45 grams)
  • 1/2 cup oreo cookie crumbs, pulverized in a food processor or super finely chopped (45 grams)

Instructions

Oreo Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:

  1. Beat 1 1/2 cups of butter and 1/2 cup cream cheese on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment until smooth.
  2. Add in 1 Tbsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp salt and beat on low until combined.
  3. Slowly mix in 7 cups powdered sugar on a very low speed. About halfway through add in 3 Tbsp of heavy cream to make the frosting easier to mix.
  4. Mix until the frosting reaches the right consistency. If the frosting is too thick, add in additional cream (1 Tbsp at a time).
  5. If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time).
  6. Next mix in 1/2 cup of oreos crumbs on a low speed, mixing just until they're evenly distributed throughout the frosting. If you mix the Oreos in for too long it can make your frosting look kind of grey.
  7. Cover the Oreo cream cheese frosting with a piece of plastic wrap, to prevent a crust from forming until you're ready to use it.

Notes

This recipe makes about 7 cups of frosting, which is enough to frost 3 dozen cupcakes or an 8" layer cake.

Making this Nutella Buttercream Frosting in Advance and Storage Tips:

Make your frosting ahead of time, or save any leftover frosting! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Be sure to give it a good stir once it thaws to get the consistency nice and smooth again.

A frosted cake can last in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month. The buttercream locks in all the moisture, keeping the cake fresh and delicious!

If you cut into the cake and have leftovers, use any remaining frosting to cover the cut section to keep it moist and store in the fridge for up to a week.

If you are making frosting for a cake, mix the buttercream on the lowest speed at the end of the process for a couple minutes, to get out any extra air that might have be incorporated during the mixing process.

Nutrition Information

Yield

7

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 890Total Fat 49gSaturated Fat 30gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 129mgSodium 251mgCarbohydrates 115gFiber 0gSugar 111gProtein 2g

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