What I like about cream cheese frosting is its deliciously creamy texture with the lightest hint of sourness that gives it a refreshing taste. Cream cheese holds its shape well in lower temperatures, so if you are in warmer climates, working with cream cheese can be a bit tricky as the icing tends to melt and not hold shape. If you are in such climates (I am too :)), you literally have two options, one is to add more icing sugar (which I don't quite prefer as it makes the icing too sweet) or subsitute the butter in the recipe with shortening. You don't have to substitute it completely if you still want the butter taste in your icing. Just try substituting different amounts for optimum consistency and taste. It will also work if you substitute some of the butter and some of the cream cheese with shortening. Again, the amount you need to substitute is subject to your taste buds. Here is the recipe:
360g cream cheese (softened at room temperature)
200g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla essence
Beat cream cheese until soft.
Add butter and continue beating until mixture is light and fluffy.
Slowly add icing sugar, a little at a time and beat well. Add vanilla essence and continue beating until mixture is smooth and creamy.
The icing can be used as a filling to sandwich cakes or to frost the top and sides of cakes.
Covering cakes with cream cheese icing requires similar techniques as buttercream icing, royal icing and ganache. Click here for the step by step instructions on applying the icing onto cakes for a smooth finish. The link will take you to my buttercream icing page. Simply follow the steps I have outlined there for covering your cake with cream cheese frosting.
And since the art of smooth icing on cakes requires a bit of practice in order to perfect it, there are other techniques you can use when applying cream cheese icing on cakes if you are looking for quick cake decorating solutions. You can use a triangle comb to create patterns on the icing or you can simply use a fork and create basket weave pattern on it. Click here to go to my basket weave cake decorating technique page for step by step instructions to create the basket weave pattern on cakes with just a fork!
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