How to Store Cream Cheese Icing

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How to Store Cream Cheese Icing
Cream Cheese icing is a favourite topping of carrot cake. (Carrot Cake image by valleymiss from

Cream cheese icing, or frosting, is a tasty topping for cakes and other desserts. It marries the indulgent richness of cream to a sweet lip smacking tang. Because cream cheese icing contains a great deal of dairy, however, storing it carefully it is important.

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Things you need

  • Cream cheese icing
  • Refrigeration (fridge, cooler)
  • Airtight container
  • Whisk or beater

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  1. 1

    Place the prepared cream cheese icing in an airtight container, such as a plastic food bowl or zip-top bag. This will help keep the icing from drying out or absorbing odours.

  2. 2

    Refrigerate the cream cheese icing for up to three days. Do not freeze the icing, as freezing will ruin the consistency of the cream.

  3. 3

    After refrigeration, your cream cheese icing will be stiff and difficult to manipulate. You can soften it with a whisk or electric beater. You can also add a splash of milk to loosen the consistency.

  4. 4

    If you are storing icing that is already on a dessert, the same rules apply. Use an airtight cake container to keep the icing fresh.

Tips and warnings

  • It is usually OK to let cream cheese icing reach room temperature, if it is to be immediately eaten.
  • Leaving cream cheese icing in a hot place is not only a bacteria risk but can also cause the icing to melt and ruin your dish.

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