You will love this cinnamon cream cheese frosting. If you are tired of bland frostings then you have to give this quick and easy recipe a try. The combination of creamy butter, tangy cream cheese, sweet vanilla and spicy cinnamon pairs well with so many kids of cake. Cinnamon frosting will soon be your favorite.
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This silky smooth frosting tastes great on chocolate, vanilla and pumpkin cake and cupcakes, however, you can also use it to frost your next batch of cinnamon buns. If you are looking for inspiration, our Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes and Pumpkin Bars go especially well with this yummy cinnamon frosting.
WHAT IS CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING?
Cinnamon frosting is basically a sweet, silky and creamy vanilla frosting that is taken to the next level by adding cream cheese for tanginess as well as a touch of cinnamon. This scrumptious frosting works really well on pumpkin, carrot, chocolate or vanilla cake, but also tastes amazing on cinnamon rolls.
❤️ WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS CINNAMON FROSTING RECIPE
✔️ Notable: Quick and easy to make frosting that is bursting with cinnamon flavor and has the most delicious smooth and creamy texture. ✔️ Main Ingredients: butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and heavy cream
✔️ Cooking Method: no bake
✔️ Prep Time: 5 minutes
✔️ Pairs well with: chocolate, Mexican chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, apple, zucchini and carrot cake and cupcakes
✔️ Special Equipment Needed: electric mixer
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for cinnamon cream cheese frosting, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements and printable instructions, see the recipe card below.
You may have all of these cinnamon frosting ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store. See recipe card below for ingredient amounts and print the recipe.
- Pantry Ingredients: powdered sugar
- Refrigerated/Frozen Ingredients: unsalted butter, cream cheese, heavy cream
- Spices: ground cinnamon, vanilla extract
WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love this silky and creamy frosting then you'll love our Pumpkin Bar Recipe.
This section shows how to cook cinnamon cream cheese frosting, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below. You can print the recipe with or without photos.
WHIP BUTTER AND CREAM CHEESE: First, add softened butter and cream cheese to a large bowl and whip with an electric mixer until smooth.
ADD SPICES: Then add cinnamon and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
ADD SUGAR: Add one cup of sugar to the butter mixture at a time and mix until well combined. Repeat with the remaining sugar.
FINISH: Finally, add the heavy cream and whip until the frosting is light and smooth.
WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love the flavor of cinnamon then you'll love our Apple Crisp Recipe without Oats.
Electric Mixer – This recipe requires an electric mixer to achieve the desired smoothness and creaminess of the frosting. We do not recommend hand whisking this recipe.
HOW TO MAKE AHEAD
Cinnamon frosting can be made ahead of time. Store the frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days before using. When you are ready to use the cinnamon cream cheese frosting, let it get to room temperature and rewhip it if necessary.
TIPS FOR THE BEST CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Follow these tips to make the best cinnamon frosting.
✔️ Use an electric hand mixer. We do not recommend hand whisking this frosting, because only an electric mixer is able to make this frosting light and smooth.
✔️ Make sure the butter and cream cheese are very soft (not melted). It is crucial for a smooth frosting to let the butter and cream cheese come to room temperature first. Otherwise your frosting will have chunks in it.
✔️ Add the sugar slowly. Adding all the powdered sugar at once will create a big mess.
HOW TO STORE
Refrigerate: Store any leftover cinnamon frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. We also recommend refrigerating any cakes or cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting on them. Let them come back to room temperature before serving.
Freeze: Store leftover frosting in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Defrosting: Thaw cinnamon frosting in the refrigerator overnight or let it sit on the counter for a couple of hours. Rewhip the frosting with an electric mixer for a creamier consistency before using.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For perfect results every time, here are answers to the most common questions about cooking cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
You can use both, regular vanilla and clear vanilla with this frosting. Regular vanilla is made from actual vanilla pods and therefore dark in color. While natural it also adds a slight dark tinge to your frosting. Clear vanilla flavoring is made synthetically but also adds a nice vanilla flavor without adding a dark tinge to your frosting.
Generally, you can frost up to 24 cupcakes with 2 cups of frosting. However, it all depends on your frosting technique and the amount of frosting you want on a cupcake. If you apply a thinner layer of frosting with a knife you will most likely be able to frost more cupcakes compared to piping a nice tall swirl on top of them.
Of course! We recommend preparing the recipe according our instructions and tasting the finished frosting before adding more cinnamon. Depending on your preference you can add 2 teaspoons or up to a tablespoon of cinnamon. For best results, only add little amounts of cinnamon at a time until reaching the desired flavor. Be aware that fresh cinnamon is usually more potent in flavor than spices that have been sitting on the spice rack for a while.
- ½ cup unsalted butter - softened
- 8 oz cream cheese - softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon heavy cream
- Taste your frosting before using. If it needs more of something for your taste, add it.