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Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

This spiced cream cheese frosting is perfectly tangy and sweet, and tastes amazing on just about anything!

While cream cheese is the star of the show, ground cinnamon and nutmeg give this frosting tons of warm, cozy flavor.

My favorite way to use this frosting is on carrot cake cupcakes or cinnamon rolls!

image of a carrot cake cupcake that's been decorated with a cute white chocolate bunny for Easter

Better yet, it’s totally pipeable and can be used to fill and decorate layer cakes and cupcake alike!

What Makes This Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting Pipeable?

This frosting has equal parts unsalted butter and cream cheese.

This allows it to have that delicious cream cheese taste while still being able to keep its shape. It’s the perfect balance of flavor and structure.

image of spiced cream. cheese frosting that's being made in a bowl with a hand mixer

How Much Frosting Does this Recipe Make?

This recipe makes about 3 cups of frosting, which is enough to frost about 2 dozen cupcakes or a dozen cinnamon rolls.

If you want to frost a 6-inch layer cake, make 1.5 batches. To frost an 8-inch layer cake, make 2 batches.

Tips For Making Best Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Use full fat cream cheese that comes in a block! It gives the frosting the best possible texture and taste.
  • Don’t bother sifting your powdered sugar! Most brands in the US contain cornstarch to prevent caking and clumping. Only sift if you notice large clumps in your powdered sugar.
  • Make sure the cream cheese and butter are both at room temperature! If they’re not, they won’t properly mix together, and you can end up with chunks of cream cheese in your frosting.
  • Use freshly ground spices if possible. If you use pre-ground spices, make sure they’re still fresh and haven’t expired or lost their potency.
  • Seal off the top of your piping bag with a rubber band to prevent any frosting from seeping out the top of the bag and make the piping bags easier to use.
  • Mix the buttercream on the lowest speed at the end of the process for a couple minutes to give the frosting a silky-smooth consistency.
image of a block of full fat cream cheese

Making This Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting in Advance and Storage Tips

Make your frosting ahead of time or save any leftover frosting! Store this frosting in an airtight container or sealed piping bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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 a moist easter carrot cake cupcake that's been cut into to show how tender and soft it is

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Yield: 3 cups

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

image of spiced cream. cheese frosting that's being made in a bowl with a hand mixer

This spiced cream cheese frosting is perfectly tangy and sweet, and tastes amazing on just about anything.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature (113g)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (113g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (4ml)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (500g)
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream or whipping cream (15ml)

Instructions

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, beat together 1/2 cup of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of unsalted butter. Mix on a medium speed for a minute until smooth.
  2. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp fine salt, and 1/8 tsp nutmeg. Mix on a low speed until combined.
  3. Gradually mix in 4 cups of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp of heavy cream on a low speed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Continue to mix on a low speed for 30 seconds to make sure everything is mixed together properly.
  4. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap or place in a piping bag until you're ready to use this frosting.

Notes

Yield

This recipe makes about 3 cups of frosting, which is enough to frost 2 dozen cupcakes or top a dozen cinnamon rolls.

Tips for Making the Best Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Use full fat cream cheese! It gives the frosting a better texture and taste.
  • Don't bother sifting your powdered sugar! Most brands in the US contain cornstarch to prevent caking, and this means no sifting is needed. Only sift if you notice clumps in your powdered sugar.
  • Make sure the cream cheese and butter are both at room temperature! If they're not, they won't properly mix together, and you can end up with chunks of cream cheese in your frosting.
  • Use freshly ground spices if possible. If you use pre-ground spices, make sure they're still fresh and haven't expired or lost their potency.
  • Seal off the top of your piping bag with a rubber band to prevent any frosting from seeping out the top of the bag and make the piping bags easier to use.
  • If you make this 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 been incorporated during the mixing process.

Making This Frosting in Advance & Storage Tips

Make your frosting ahead of time too or save any leftover frosting! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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

Frosted cupcakes can sit out at room temperature for up to 3 hours or be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. However, I find frosting them right before serving is best.

Nutrition Information

Yield

3

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 890Total Fat 49gSaturated Fat 30gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 137mgSodium 326mgCarbohydrates 113gFiber 0gSugar 110gProtein 3g

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