This whipped icing has a soft, lovely mouthfeel that holds up to piping and matches with lots of recipes. Try it with my Hummingbird Cake or my Luscious Lemon Buttermilk Cake. It is a lighter version of my Semi-sweet Cream Cheese
You know how a buttercream frosting kind of coats your mouth and is super sweet? How you might use your fork to scoop some off while trying not to hurt your host's feelings? Lol. Yes we have all been there. This is NOT that recipe.
While a buttercream is heavy and sweet...a whipped cream frosting is more lusciously light and easy to eat. It holds it's structure enough to pipe as well. Maybe not as much as a Swiss Meringue or buttercream...but it's much more enjoyable to eat. And you won't see anyone scooping it to the side...that's for sure!
You need to whip this icing up in 2 parts. Using room temperature cream cheese ensures smoothness. Also, sift the icing sugar to make sure there aren't little flecks of sugar. This ruins the mouthfeel and shows up on the surface of what you're icing.This especially shows if you happen to add a half cup of cocoa powder to the mix to make a chocolate version. You can't skip this step. Always always always sift icing sugar. (Personal experience here folks)!
Whip the cream cheese until it's smooth. Add 1 cup of the icing sugar and vanilla. Then whip until totally combined. Transfer to another bowl if using stand mixer versus a hand mixer.
If you find the icing is a bit too soft, try putting it in the fridge for a while. Or whip longer. Or a combination of both :)
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment section if you tried it...I would love to hear from you!
Whipped Cream Cheese Icing
2 bricks cream cheese (room temp)
2 cups whipping cream (the colder the better)
1 1/2 cups sifted icing sugar (divided)
1 tsp vanilla
In a stand mixer, whip cream cheese til smooth
Add 1 cup of the sifted icing sugar and vanilla
Whip until totally combined
Transfer to different bowl. Clean mixing bowl and chill bowl
Whip whipping cream to soft peaks
Add the remaining icing sugar and whip til combined
Reincorporate the cream cheese mixture and mix until the consistency you enjoy