Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting: Attempt #1

Well in my previous post I mentioned that while I wrote I had cupcakes in the oven. They followed the first (and so far only) cupcake recipe I posted and I was pretty content with how they came out. And then it hit me.

I had NO frosting.

The horror! My little cupcakes without frosting were practically boring muffins…okay maybe I’m over reacting. But a plain vanilla recipe could sure be sweetened up and frosting is always a good way to do so.

So I started to think. Option 1, run to the store. That wasn’t going to work for me seeing as the closest bodega has a rule where you have to spend a certain amount to be able to use your card and I didn’t have any cash. Option 2, make some frosting myself.

I was seriously considering leaving those cupcakes naked till tomorrow when I could muster up the oomph to go to the supermarket and buy store bought frosting. Then I found a box of practically untouched cream cheese in the fridge.

I opened my laptop and started Pinterest searching a recipe for cream cheese frosting like it was nobodies business. Personally I LOVE cream cheese frosting, especially on carrot cake. But, I had just managed to make consistent cupcakes from scratch. Safe to say I was slightly terrified.

I found a simple recipe from www.realsimple.com and got to work. Here it is below:

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce bar cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. If necessary, slightly chill the frosting to stiffen it before using.

Now, you see I had most of the cream cheese so I decided that I could manage it. Then I realized that confectioners sugar would be my downfall. I once made Nutella Frosting for a new friends birthday and used regular sugar instead of confectioners sugar and it had this gritty grainy texture allllllllllll over. Everyone said (and by everyone I mean my family being as they were the only ones to see me after I sang happy birthday. I then quickly hid myself inside the car until it was time to go home.I got terribly anxious and I didn’t want to see anyone eat it, I’m weird like that) that other than the grittiness it was good. But they could have just been being polite.

This time though I decided to try out our blender. That thing destroys Ice cubes and makes the best sofrito (a spanish seasoning) although I guess I should give my mom more credit than the blender for that. I have read that it could take the place of a food processor on occasion.

So I dumped in some sugar, noting the texture before it went it, and hit grind. If you’re going to do this I recommend one cup or less at a time so as to not overwork your machine or make it too much to handle. After about a minute and a half I began to notice a significant difference. It wasn’t as fine as confectioners sugar straight from the store but it worked. Think funnel cakes at theme parks, confectioners sugar is what they put on top. That magically delicious stuff that gets all over you even if you don’t touch it and flies everywhere if you get caught in a breeze…now I’m craving funnel cake….

I then followed the instructions but put a cup and a half LESS of sugar in. My parents are always yelling that I make everything too sweet so I tried to tone it down a bit. (my mom still complained, I am not sorry).

It turned out pretty well I think. The texture is still a little grainy seeing as I probably should invest in confectioners sugar, but its not too bad.

When the directions mention you should chill the mixture first, CHILL IT.

Probably for at least 5-10 min. I chilled it for about 2 or 3 and it worked well but once I got it into the pastry back and started piping out frosting it warmed up quickly and didn’t go through the tip as defined as I’ve had store bought frosting come out. I only had one decent looking cupcake, which I am secretly okay with today. The fact that I’m mastering one cupcake recipe was enough for me. Here he is, I have named him Greg and after I post this, I shall eat Greg:

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Well, thats Greg the Homemade cupcake covered in Homemade cream cheese frosting that isn’t perfect but I’ll keep working on it.

Have you tried making homemade frosting? Got any recipes you think I should try? Or do you just want to share a disaster story or a successful photo? I would love to hear from you!

-Xiomara 🙂

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