Cream Cheese Frosting Without Butter

cream cheese frosting without butter on 2 spatulas.

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Cream Cheese Frosting Without Butter is a perfect icing option for cakes, cupcakes, or cinnamon rolls. It's light, fluffy, and holds its shape well. Best of all you need 5 pantry staple ingredients and less than 10 minutes to make it.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese- softened


  1. In a large mixing bowl, pour in the cold whipping cream and add powdered sugar, cream of tartar,  vanilla (if using), and salt
  2. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, then set aside in the fridge until needed
  3. In another large mixing bowl, whip the softened cream cheese until light, smooth, and airy
  4. Take the whipped cream out of the fridge and gently fold it into the cream cheese until JUST incorporated
  5. Use the cream cheese frosting immediately or store in the fridge until needed


  • Don't let the cream cheese get too warm, it only needs to sit out for 15-20 minutes
  • Keep the heavy cream COLD
  • Sift the powdered sugar for a smooth frosting
  • Don't overmix the cream cheese frosting without butter or else it will get runny
  • Pop the mixing bowl into the fridge for 10 minutes to help the frosting become stiff
  • Use on your favorite cinnamon roll recipe, on chocolate cake, or even serve as a dip for pretzels
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 week