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How to Prevent Cream Cheese Frosting From Melting

Updated March 23, 2017

Cream cheese frosting can add a sweet and creamy finishing touch to the top of cakes, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls. Cream cheese frosting can be softer than classic buttercream sugar frosting, so sometimes melting and dripping from your goods can pose a problem. You can make a few adjustment in the way you prepare and keep the cream cheese frosting to ensure that it does not melt or drip from the tops of your home-baked delicacies.

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  1. Combine chilled butter and cream cheese for the frosting. This will allow the frosting to start firm and keep from melting if you keep it in a cool area.

  2. Add icing sugar gradually to the chilled butter and chilled cream cheese. Adding too much powered sugar can make the frosting run, so only add enough to coat the other ingredients as it is mixed in---about a half cup of icing sugar to every cup of butter and cream cheese mixture to keep the frosting stiff.

  3. Keep your good out of heat once they have been coated with cream cheese frosting to prevent the frosting from melting. Keep the baked and frosted good in a fridge until they are served, or if you are transporting the goods, keep them in a cooler or insulated container to protect them from heat.

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Things You'll Need

  • Refrigerator
  • Chilled butter
  • Chilled cream cheese
  • Icing sugar
  • Cooler or insulated container

About the Author

Kim Fuller has been writing food and lifestyle features since 2007. She now lives in Vail, Colo., after spending one year traveling Europe. Fuller is a regular contributor to Gaiam Life, an online fitness and wellness publication. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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