Cream cheese frosting, not unlike a lot of American frostings, is made with confectioner’s sugar. Confectioner’s sugar, also knows as powdered sugar and 10x (indicating the finer crystals) usually contains a bit of cornstarch to improve the consistency and prevent caking that may occur.
Confectioner’s sugar does not dissolve properly because of the way it is made, and thus, when used to make frosting, leaves a grainy finish, most unappealing in something that is meant to have a smooth mouthfeel. Alternatively, the European buttercreams, such as Swiss Meringue and Italian Meringue Buttercreams are made with granulated sugar that dissolves completely into the finished product. These buttercreams are amazingly smooth and lush but take quite a few steps to complete.
This cream cheese frosting is made with granulated sugar. Beating it with room temperature butter and cream cheese for about 4 minutes allows the sugar to completely dissolve leaving only the wonderful flavor and taste of cream cheese frosting – lush and satiny. It is very crucial, however to mix the sugar with room temperature ingredients to ensure the sugar dissolves properly.
You’ll see that I’ve added confectioners sugar as an optional ingredient in this recipe to thicken the frosting to your desired consistency. It’s mixed in at the very end and the small amount compared to the amount of frosting you are adding it to makes it undetectable in the final frosting. If you want to leave out the confectioner’s sugar, altogether, just refrigerate the frosting for up to 1/2 hour to thicken it up.
With the exception of a little bit time for beating the ingredients, this recipe is easy, quick, and the results are so much better than traditional cream cheese frosting recipes.
Peanut Butter (or Nutella) Lush Cream Cheese FrostingRecipe by: Leelabean (Yields about 4 cups) 1 c granulated sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, *room temperature 8 oz cream cheese, *room temperature 1/2 c peanut butter OR 1/2 c Nutella 1/2 t vanilla extract up to 4 T confectioner’s sugar (to thicken, if necessary)
*Note: Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. This is crucial for allowing the sugar to dissolve completely.
Beat the sugar and butter together until combined. Add the cream cheese. Beat this mixture for about 5 minutes until it gets fluffy and when you rub a bit of frosting between your fingers, it is nearly completely smooth, not grainy.
Add the vanilla extract and either the peanut butter or Nutella. Continue to beat for 1-2 more minutes or until the sugar has completely dissolved.
You may add up to 4 T of confectioner’s sugar to thicken up the frosting to your desired consistency without altering the smooth quality of the frosting. Beat the confectioner’s sugar for another minute to fully incorporate it.
Sweetly ♥ Yours,