This cream cheese frosting is thick, fluffy, and pipeable. This easy cream cheese frosting is made without powdered sugar and is made with just 4 simple ingredients!
This is the ultimate, light and fluffy cream cheese frosting. It has a nice tang to it that cuts some of the sweetness.
I've made a lot of versions of cream cheese icing over the years, but this recipe is my favorite easy, pipeable frosting.
It's a little different than traditional cream cheese frosting because it's made without powdered sugar and without butter. Instead, it uses granulated sugar (check out my super popular whipped buttercream frosting recipe that also uses granulated sugar) and all cream cheese.
This frosting is so thick and fluffy and creamy that you'd never guess that it has granulated sugar in it.
It's perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, or cinnamon rolls!
- Heavy cream - Heavy cream is also called "heavy whipping cream".
- Granulated sugar - This recipe uses granulated sugar, not powdered sugar.
- Cream cheese - I recommend using full-fat cream cheese. It's thicker and richer than reduced-fat cream cheese. I don't recommend using fat-free cream cheese.
- Vanilla extract - I like to use pure vanilla extract for the best flavoring. However, you can use clear vanilla extract to keep the frosting lighter.
How to make cream cheese frosting without powdered sugar
This frosting is so simple to make!
In a chilled mixing bowl, use either a hand mixer or a stand mixer to beat cream on high until stiff peaks begin to form. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill while you continue.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until well-combined, about 2-3 minutes on high. It's important that the cream cheese and sugar be well-combined, so don't cut this step short.
Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until combined.
Yes, the frosting is pipeable.
No, the frosting stays soft and doesn't crust.
Yes, you can mix it up, covered, and chill it until you're ready to use it.
Yes, cream cheese frosting should be stored, covered, in the fridge.
Yes, you can use less whipped cream to make a thicker frosting.
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Cream Cheese Frosting without Powdered Sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened1
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a chilled bowl, beat cream on high until stiff peaks begin to form.
- Cover and chill while you continue.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until well-combined, about 2-3 minutes on high. It's important that the cream cheese and sugar be well-combined, so don't cut this step short.
- Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until combined.
- Chill leftovers.
- The cream cheese should be soft and at room temperature. If it's too cold, it can clump up when mixed with the whipped cream.
- Nutritional values are estimates.