Sweet, tangy cream cheese frosting is the crowning glory of so many baked goods. Normally this frosting contains too much cavity-inducing sugar for calorie-counting dieters or diabetics to consume. Instead of just foregoing cake with luscious frosting, make your own cream cheese frosting by substituting a sugar-free alternative. Then you can truly have your cake frosting and eat it too.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Artificial sweetener, sugar-free pudding mix or natural sweetener
- Cream cheese
- Electric beaters
Choose the sweetener you will use to replace sugar in your frosting. Some individuals who choose to avoid sugar use artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet or Splenda. Artificially sweetened sugar-free vanilla pudding mix powder makes an acceptable substitute for sugar in a cream cheese frosting. Other people prefer not to ingest the chemicals in artificial sweeteners. Stevia, a plant whose extract is 40 times sweeter than sugar, or agave nectar are useful for a naturally sweet frosting.
Set out the cream cheese until it is room temperature. Whip it using electric beaters. The cream cheese should be light and fluffy to achieve a creamy frosting.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients, including the sugar-free sweetener of your choice. Sweet, creamy, sugar-free cream cheese frosting complements carrot cake, brownies, spice cake or cookies.
Tips and warnings
- If you are using an artificial sweetener or sugar-free pudding mix, use half the amount the recipe suggests for sugar. Refrigerate any leftovers.
- Not all sugar substitutes are appropriate for diabetics. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor, dietitian or nutritionist which ones are safe to consume.
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