I notice you are interested in making the cream cheese frosting by yourself. What’s the grand occasion? Is it the silver jubilee of your splendid marriage, or you are throwing the baby shower for that friend of yours? Oh, I know, it must be your first anniversary, or is it your daughter’s birthday? I must say, you are a smart woman and I am certain you must be planning this for more than a month. I would love to assist you for the event.
So, can I help? I will take that as a yes, and I would like to share with you my insights on the cream cheese frosting. We will not only talk about the recipe and the quantity, but also if you can freeze the remaining from the party, as you don’t want your hard work to go in vain and because you are a clever woman.
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How To Make Cream Cheese Frosting?
Traditionally, what you need is soften cream cheese, as you know it comes frozen hence really hard so keep it at room temperature for about an hour for it to soften, then unsalted butter at room temperature, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, powdered sugar and a pinch of salt.
Now, add your softened cream cheese and butter in the mixing bowl and I will suggest you to use petal attachment instead of the whisk attachment as the petal attachment beats it more smoothly and you get better results.
Mix it at normal speed till it gets all soft and fluffy. You can beat it for about two minutes to get the desired result. Then, add vanilla and continue the process for about a minute. After that, gradually add the pinch of salt and then the bowl of powdered sugar and continue mixing it until everything gets well mixed. That’s it, there you have it.
For the above explained method, if you want to frost say 12 cupcakes, then you are going to require 8 ounces of cream cheese, 2 ounces of unsalted butter, 2 cups of powdered sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract with a pinch of salt and you are good to go. It goes well with red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin bread and carrot cakes.
What Can Be The Possible Snag and How Can You Fix It?
Some regular problems we face while making cream cheese frosting is that sometimes, it gets, too lumpy, fluid or yellow. You don’t find a thick brick of cream cheese in the UK and hence it is a matter of concern to them, but for the US based audience, it isn’t a problem at all. They usually drain off the frosting to remove the extra fluid and your frosting remains stiff. You can dry it by twisting a scoop of cream cheese on a piece of muslin cloth. Don’t wind too much as the cream cheese will start to pop out?
To remove the yellow color of butter, you should just heat it for 15 seconds in a microwave so that the colors and the structure of the butter is gone and it doesn’t melt. Then use your whisk and whisk it until you remove all the lumps and get a smooth and fluidic butter. If it is still not stiff enough, you can add more icing sugar to it which will make it thick. I think our problems here are solved.
Can You Freeze Cream Cheese Frosting?
Oh yes. You can definitely freeze those yummy tasting frostings for months. But there are certain conditions applied to it before you do that. I would like to share some of the tips and methods you can apply to utilize your leftover frosting from the party in the future. But an easy and helpful tip will be to measure the quantity of the frosting you are going to need depending on the occasion and the number of guests who are going to grace your celebration with their presence. As I mentioned above the quantity of frosting required for the 12 cupcakes, so you can definitely take a guess from that.
You can freeze the frosting in the freezer for approximately three to five months, five months being the most. I suggest you to keep the frosting in refrigerator for about five days before you use it, and you can use it till next three months if you store it in freezer. The important process it thawing the cream cheese frosting as it may contain some crystals in it. As a comment from Chowhound to re-whip the frosting before using the second time and after defrosting it, of course. Some also suggest to use airtight containers or wrappings to keep it from catching those bad odors and strange flavors from the freezer.
So, I think we have addressed the major concerns of the tons of ladies out there and if you have any other concerns, please post a comment and we will answer your queries.