The cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe is my family’s favorite icing recipe. It is easy to make and tastes great, especially on a moist chocolate cake. This icing goes with most cake flavors. It is also straightforward to make and can be frozen for later use.
For a quick and easy chocolate cake, this icing recipe is perfect! This one works with almost any cake flavor or combination of flavors you could want. The possibilities are endless if you change up the spices to your liking!
What is Cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe?
Cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe is an easy, one-bowl, homemade chocolate icing recipe made with cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar.
The icing can be made in a variety of flavors and amounts. This recipe makes enough for about two to four layers of cake (I use four layers) or gives a little to a friend or neighbor!
Our family’s favorite chocolate cake is called Chocolate Butter Cake, from the book The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.
How to make Cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe?
- preparing time: 5 minutes
- cooking time: 30 minutes
- total time: 35 minutes
- serving: 8
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter,
- 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 16 ounces of cream cheese
- 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Blend butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in a large bowl.
Mix coffee granules into the cooked cream cheese mixture. Mix until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder to the cream cheese mixture, one cup at a time, blending well after each addition.
Add peanut butter and stir until smooth and no lumps are present.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
To cover a cake, add one cup of icing to each corner, starting at the bottom and working your way across the top of the cake. Spread evenly with a small offset spatula or butter knife. Smooth any areas using an offset spatula to spread each area equally. Top with remaining icing as desired.
- Icing will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- Icing may be frozen for up to two months.
- If you freeze the icing, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using it.
- It’s straightforward to make and can be frozen for later use.
- For a quick and easy chocolate cake, this icing recipe is perfect! This one works with almost any cake flavor or combination of flavors you could want.
Nutrition facts of Cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe:
7 health benefits of Cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe:
1. high in protein:
The cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe is high in protein, which helps to build and repair tissues in your body.
2. contain healthy fat:
The cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe contains essential fatty acids, the good fats necessary for your body.
3. high in calcium:
The cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe is high in calcium, which contributes to strong bones and teeth.
4. low in cholesterol:
The cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe contains less than 2% cholesterol, the minimum amount needed to maintain good health.
5. low in saturated fat:
Studies show that saturated fat is not as healthy as unsaturated fats found in Cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipes.
6. high in fiber:
The cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe contains a large amount of fiber. Fiber is essential for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and digestive health.
7. low in sodium:
The cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe contains less than 500 mg of sodium per serving. Sodium can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, arrhythmia, and kidney problems.
How can I make cream cheese frosting better?
1. You can add more sugar to make it sweeter.
2. For smooth and creamy icing, use a hand-held electric mixer or an electric stand mixer.
3. The vanilla extract helps keep the frosting fresh for longer, especially in hot weather when icing is more likely to soften at room temperature.
4. Keep in your fridge until ready to eat or decorate your cake!
5. Cream Cheese Frosting will last up to 3 days in the freezer.
Does cream cheese frosting need to be refrigerated?
You may be concerned about keeping your homemade frosting out at room temperature as a beginner baker. Contrary to some beliefs, cream cheese frosting must not be refrigerated.
It is best to keep it in a room-temperature environment away from direct sunlight and heat. The only time you may have a slight issue with your frosting is when the weather is hot. In this case, adding an extra tablespoon of powdered sugar will help your cream cheese frosting stay firm at room temperature without refrigeration.
Can cream cheese icing sit out overnight?
Since cream cheese icing is a much denser frosting than buttercream, it can sit out at room temperature overnight without softening. However, if left out for more than five hours, it will be more delicate. Cover each serving with plastic wrap before leaving it out overnight.
Can you freeze cream cheese icing?
Yes, you can freeze cream cheese icing. Unfrosted and unfrozen, cream cheese icing has a shelf life of 2-3 months. To freeze cream cheese icing, prepare it as directed above and use it immediately or place it in plastic resealable baggies. To reheat, remove from the freezer and sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
What goes well with cream cheese frosting?
Cream cheese frosting goes great with the following:
1. Toasted coconut-
this sweet treat is the perfect compliment to cream cheese icing since it contains brown sugar, aka hummus, which complements creamy frosting perfectly.
2. Lemon Cake-
this lemon cake will have you licking your spoon clean! This light and fluffy lemon cake are easy to make and the perfect choice to go along with your cream cheese frosting.
3. Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting-
you will be going wild for one of the best chocolate and cream cheese combinations.
4. Chocolate Mousse Cake-
a layered chocolate mousse cake is even more delicious with cream cheese icing on top!
5. Cheesecake Cups-
these cute little meal-sized cheesecakes are mini versions of the yummy dessert everyone loves! Your family will love these mini meals!
The cream Cheese Chocolate Icing Recipe is straightforward to make, and when paired with a good cake can make a delicious dessert! If you ever use this cream cheese icing recipe, please share the result with us in the comments below, or you can tag us on Instagram at