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How To Thicken Cream Cheese Frosting

How To Thicken Cream Cheese Frosting

Is your cream cheese frosting runny? No need to throw it out! Here are a few ways you can thicken it up in no time at all. You don’t even need powdered sugar or cornstarch to thicken your icing!

Runny Cream Cheese Frosting? Here’s How To Fix It

1) Add more cream cheese to the frosting: If your frosting is still too thin despite adding some cream cheese, add more until you achieve the desired consistency.

2) Mix in sour cream, milk, or yogurt: If you want to make your frosting lighter and less sweet, just mix in some sour cream or yogurt for a milder flavor.

3) Add flour: If you want your frosting to be fairly thick, just add a little flour. This works pretty well and you can easily get a fluffy consistency. Add a small amount at a time while stirring until you reach desired consistency.

4) Add more powdered sugar: If your frosting is still runny after trying the above steps, add in more powdered sugar until it has the right texture.

5) Beat it: If your frosting is too thin, you can just beat the frosting for a few minutes at medium-high speed until it has the correct texture.

6) Use a different cream cheese: Using a different brand of cream cheese or one with a higher fat content may result in a thicker consistency. Try a different type next time to see what kind of results you get and if they are thicker.

Does cream cheese icing harden?

The answer is yes. Cream cheese icing can become hard and almost solid after being refrigerated. To re-soften, allow cream cheese icing to sit at room temp for an hour or place in an oven heated to 200 F for a few minutes.

Can I leave cream cheese out overnight to soften?

No, you shouldn’t leave cream cheese out overnight. Cream cheese could possibly grow mold or bacteria. It is better to soften cream cheese on the counter for a couple hours at most before using.

How long can you store leftover cream cheese frosting?

Cream cheese frosting should be stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Leftover cream cheese frosting can last up to five days in the refrigerator.

What best thickens cream cheese frosting?

Overall powdered sugar or cornstarch are the most commonly used cream cheese frosting thickeners but if you don’t have either of those I would recommend using more cream cheese or a small amount of all-purpose flour.

Why is my cream cheese frosting grainy?

This is most likely because you didn’t whip the frosting enough or fast enough when adding in more powdered sugar to thicken your cream cheese frosting. To fix this, beat the frosting on medium-high speed for a few minutes until your desired consistency is achieved.

Why does your cream cheese icing separate?

If the ingredients were not brought together cold enough or over mixed, the fat and liquid components of your cream cheese icing could separate.

Why is my cream cheese frosting gummy?

In order for an icing to be smooth and free from lumps, it needs to be mixed for at least five minutes. Cream cheese Icing takes a little longer to mix than other frostings because of the softer consistency.

Can cream cheese frosting go bad?

Yes, but only if it is kept at room temperature. Store it in your fridge for up to five days.


If you follow the above steps, your cream cheese frosting should be thick and fluffy! It may take you a few tries to get it exactly right, but that’s okay, just keep trying and you’ll learn how to change it up a bit.