Cream cheese frosting is rich, decadent and probably one of the most popular frosting flavors out there. As much as I love the stuff, and I really do, it can also be really problematic. So here’s a recipe for faux cream cheese frosting made with a cream cheese flavoring. And if you’ve got your doubts, I’m going to tell you why you should try this stuff.
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It spoils easily. You can only leave it out of the fridge for 2- 4 hours safely.
Because of the previous point, many state food laws prevent home bakeries (like mine!) from selling it.
Too soft to pipe. Even the thickest cream cheese frosting is a poor choice for decorative piping or fine details.
Heck, let’s add too soft to stack a tall cake or use under fondant. (There are some bakers who can pull this off, but it’s a risk.)
Easy to over mix. If you over mix cream cheese, it will separate and it’s basically ruined. This goes for cheesecake too, btw.
Good gravy! Once I wrote down these “cons”, I kinda wondered why we even bother with it, right? Luckily, if any of the above issues concerns you, we’ve got this faux cream cheese frosting flavored with LorAnn flavoring oils!
UPDATE: This is the exact flavoring I used in this recipe, but it is no longer available on Amazon. Check your local cake supply store as well! You can find this cream cheese emulsion (also by LorAnn) on Amazon though. I haven’t used it, but seeing as it’s the same brand, it should work great. You may have to adjust the amounts though.
Basically, the opposite of everything in the first list, but I get that you need more reasons than that…
Tastes great! Even my husband, who is picky with frosting and baked goods in general, thought so.
(Ben didn’t like it at all. But he doesn’t like cream cheese at all, so I think that’s proof that this stuff tastes legit.)
Convenient to make. This is just your basic American buttercream and that’s a frosting that is pretty tricky to completely botch.
Food safe option. You can leave your faux cream cheese frosting on the counter for several days without spoiling. (Though I always suggest the fridge or freezer for longer storage.)
You can color and pipe beautiful designs with this stuff!
It’s pure white! Unlike the traditional stuff, this faux cream cheese frosting can be made pure white and won’t have an off white tinge.
You don’t have to have a block or two of cream cheese on hand! That means you can whip this recipe up whenever you want.
This frosting has the texture of traditional American buttercream and is not quite as silky as the traditional variety. If you want a silkier texture, I would use this flavor oil in a meringue based buttercream like Italian meringue, Swiss meringue, or even Easy Buttercream. Personally, I love how quick and easy American buttercream is, plus it’s super sturdy for piping. You’ve got to do what you’ll enjoy most!
Well, just like any other frosting! I used my first batch to make my mini Fall cake. It was perfect for filling and stacking, as well as piping the cascade of beautifully colored buttercream down the front.
Now I’m using it for my strawberry cupcakes and my vegan five spice macarons (recipes coming soon!). Yep, you heard me vegan. Use plant butter and vegan milk to create a vegan cream cheese frosting without the hassle.
Okay, give it to me straight. Are you excited to try faux cream cheese frosting? While it’s not the same as traditional cream cheese frosting, it’s perfect for so many occasions. Be sure to share this recipe with a friend who might be interested in a more stable, easy to make cream cheese flavored buttercream.
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