Smooth, creamy, and luscious this Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect addition to pumpkin cupcakes, cake, and more. The best part? It requires just 5 ingredients.
Easy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
I’m a huge fan of cream cheese frosting on cakes, cookies, and more. But this cinnamon cream cheese frosting? Wow! It takes it to a whole new level.
I first made this frosting to go on my pumpkin cupcakes but quickly turned to using it on…well, everything. The cinnamon flavor pairs so well with anything pumpkin but also vanilla and other flavors. Basically, this is the ultimate fall frosting because it’s perfect with almost any fall flavor!
Why You’ll Love This Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Here are a few reasons this has become a go-to frosting recipe.
- Quick and easy. This frosting takes about 15 minutes (or less!) to prepare and typically does not need to chill before being added to your favorite desserts.
- Versatile. Cinnamon cream cheese frosting can be used to replace basic cream cheese frosting in most recipes, as long as the flavor is compatible with cinnamon. Hint: It’s fantastic with anything pumpkin!
- Only 5 ingredients. You’ll need just 5 ingredients for this homemade frosting – cream cheese, butter, cinnamon, powdered sugar and vanilla.
What You’ll Need
This cinnamon cream cheese frosting is made with just 5 pantry staples. See the recipe card below for measurements.
- Cream cheese – You’ll want to use the brick cream cheese, not the kind in the container. Full fat is best. Allow it to soften to room temperature first for the smoothest frosting.
- Butter – I prefer unsalted butter as there’s no need for a salted flavor in this recipe.
- Vanilla extract – Adds flavor to the frosting.
- Powdered sugar – Sweetens the frosting.
- Ground cinnamon – This frosting is very cinnamon-y, so feel free to adjust the amount used for a less intense flavor.
How to Make Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Homemade cinnamon cream cheese frosting is super easy to make, no special tools required!
- Sift the powdered sugar. Sift the powdered sugar and cinnamon into a large bowl. Set aside.
- Mix the cream cheese. Cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
- Combine the ingredients. Mix a cup of the powdered sugar into the cream cheese, then add in the rest a cup at a time until smooth and combined.
- Enjoy. You can use it immediately on your desserts or store in the fridge until needed.
Tips for Success
Tips for Success
This cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe is pretty straightforward but here are a few tips to help you perfect it.
- Use softened ingredients. Both the butter and cream cheese should be softened for this recipe, for easier mixing and to ensure a smooth frosting without lumps.
- What mixer should I use? This recipe works well with a stand mixer, but if you do not have one you can use a hand mixer.
- Reduce the amount of cinnamon. You can adjust the amount of cinnamon to ½ tablespoon if a tablespoon of cinnamon is too strong of a flavor.
- Chill before frosting. If the frosting is not stiff enough to pipe for cupcakes, you can store in the refrigerator for an hour before adding to cupcakes. This gives the butter and cream cheese time to harden again.
Ways to Use It
My all-time favorite way to use this cinnamon cream cheese frosting is on my pumpkin cupcakes. However, there are plenty of other ways to use it, such as:
- On other cupcakes, such as vanilla
- On pumpkin bars
- On cookies, such as zucchini cookies and pumpkin cookies
- Inside pumpkin whoopie pies
- On cakes and layer cakes
- In cinnamon rolls
- Fridge. Cinnamon cream cheese frosting can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Freezer. Carefully wrap the frosting and put in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge.
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Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
- In a large bowl, sift the powdered sugar and cinnamon together and then set aside until later.
- In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract together until smooth and creamy.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add in 1 cup of the powdered sugar and cinnamon combination and mix until well combined.
- Continue to add in 1 cup of powdered sugar and cinnamon making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl until all the powdered sugar has been added.
- Mix well until all combined.
- Frosting is then ready to be used on cupcakes or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.