Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

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Cream Cheese Whipped Cream is a thick, more stable whipped cream made with cream cheese, heavy cream and powdered sugar. Sweetened with vanilla or a citrus zest, this is the perfect topping for cupcakes and cakes.


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I am a huge fan of homemade whipped cream. Once you master this technique, the flavor combination are endless.

Cream cheese whipped cream makes my heart sing. It’s the perfect topping or filling for cakes and cupcakes, and makes the most amazing fruit dip.

You’ll still get a little bit of tang from the cream cheese but as opposed to cream cheese frosting, this is much much more lighter and fluffier.

A piping bag is frosting a cupcake with whipped cream cheese frosting

Sometimes cream cheese whipped cream is referred to as stabilized whipped cream, but personally I wouldn’t necessarily say the two are interchangeable.

At times, you’ll notice that this frosting doesn’t seem very stiff. The correct ratios are very important when making this frosting or you can be left with a soupy mess. You know it’s the right consistency when you can perfectly pipe it.

A vintage pink plate with piped whipped cream

While I love this frosting, sometimes I do prefer mascarpone whipped cream. The two are similar, but as mascarpone has a much more mild, less tangy flavor, it’s can be less sweet.

I also think it’s a little more stable than a whipped cream made with cream cheese because mascarpone is a bit thicker and less soft than cream cheese.

A small glass jar filled with beautifully piped frosting. The jar is surrounded by berries

How to make Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

  • Start with a cold bowl and the whisk attachment, which helps to keep your ingredients cold
  • Start with cold cream cheese. Beat the cream cheese, scraping down the bowl frequently until it’s free of lumps.
  • Slowly start adding the heavy cream until it is incorporated into the cream cheese. Doing this slowly helps prevent a lumpy whipped cream
  • Once the cream cheese resembled a liquid mixture, add the rest of the heavy cream and increase the speed to medium high- high and continue beating until soft peaks form
  • Next add the powdered sugar and any extracts or zested fruit and continue beating on high until stiff peaks form.
  • It is recommended to use this right away to decorate your cakes or cupcakes. Anything decorated with this frosting should be stored in the refrigerator.

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Can I use whipped cream cheese instead of block?

I always use block cream cheese, and have not made this with whipped cream cheese.

Do I need a stand mixer to make this frosting?

I have made this with a handheld mixer, but I always find that I cannot achieve the same thickness with a whipped cream because handheld mixers are not as powerful. If you are using  a handheld mixer, try and use a metal bowl, so you can get it nice and cold.

Can I use fat free or reduced-fat cream cheese?

It is recommend to use full fat cream cheese, because it’s less watery than the reduced or fat-free options. It also has the best taste.

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Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 cups


Cream Cheese Whipped Cream is a thick, more stable whipped cream made with cream cheese, heavy cream and powdered sugar. Sweetened with vanilla or a citrus zest, this is the perfect topping for cupcakes and cakes.


  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese, cold
  • 1 3/4 cups (413ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (130g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place your mixing bowl in the freezer or fridge 5-10 minutes before starting.
  2. Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes until cream cheese is smooth and free of lumps. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the heavy whipping cream and continue beating until the cream cheese resembles a liquid mixture.
  4. Continue to add the remaining heavy whipping cream and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
  5. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until stiff peaks form. Use immediately and keep refrigerated.


This makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes or a 9×13 inch cake.

  • Category: Frosting

Keywords: Cream cheese frosting, cream cheese whipped cream, whipped cream frosting

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  1. Sou Y

    Hi, Does decreasing the sugar affect the overall result of the whipped cream? Because I Norma tend to put less sugar than the original recipe. Like if I put only 1/2 cup of sugar + 1 tablespoon would it work as well?

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi there, yes it effects the stability and sweetness of course. The added sugar helps to stiffen and maintain shape.

  2. Smita Deshpande

    I am making a 9×13 double layer cake. Should I double the quality or 1+1/2 should be ok?
    I also need frosting for decoration..

  3. Theresa Whitney

    Was disappointed, all ingredients were chilled before making, I have made whip cream cream cheese frosting several with out an issue. Came across this recipe and thought I would try it. Followed directions to a T but just slight peaks is more creamy and not stiff at all. Love the flavor just wish it would have stiffer to frost more like a pudding consistency

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Theresa, it’s hard to know what might have happened. Did you use a full-fat cream cheese? Perhaps next time adding a little more powdered sugar would help.

  4. Vivian

    After storing it in the fridge overnight, I have to travel and it will sit at room temp for 3 hours, will it still hold on cupcakes?

        1. Beyond Frosting

          Yes this should work just fine. I tend to use about 1/2 cup for my taste preference, maybe start with 1/4 cup and see if you like that before adding more. Add it in before the powdered sugar, and you may have to reduce the powdered sugar.

  5. Sherlen

    I read somewhere that if you over beat it it will turn liquidy? Im not sure why sometimes it doesn’t even reach the stiff peaks stage and just stays kind of runny?

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Sherlen- are you using full fat cream cheese? Are all your ingredients cold? You can always add more powdered sugar but before you do, it should reach at least a soft peaks stage. I’ve never had an issue with this being runny myself.

  6. Sam

    Hi! Is this whipped cream stable and will it hold for a few days in the fridge? Will the cream stay stiff on and in between cake layers? I’ve had experience with deflated whipped cream and would hate for that to happen on a birthday this weekend.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Sam- It’s recommended that you use this frosting right away as opposed to letting it sit in a bowl for a few days. Once you apply it to your dessert, it will hold up very well in the fridge. I have used it to frost layer cakes, just be sure that you don’t overfill between the layers as it would cause the cake to shift. It’s most important that you beat this until stiff peaks form, because it’s still a whip cream, and if it’s not stiff enough, then it will be too soft to work with.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Jewel, yes I believe it should be ok. I have not done it personally, but with the mascarpone whipped cream which is similar it does freeze

  7. Ansha Sait

    I will definitely try this recipe , I have a question inorder to get more stable frosting the quantity of cream cheese should be less or more than whipping cream or equal. Kindly advise.

  8. Sharon Hostler

    Wanting a cream cheese frosting for a wedding cake, could 2 8oz cream cheese be used with same amount other ingredients? It will be a 4 layer 8” cake.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Sharon- do you want a whipped cream or a cream cheese frosting. I have an amazing cream cheese frosting recipe this is more of a whipped cream. I have not tested it with doubling the cream cheese but nothing else. This would not make enough for a 4 layer 8 inch cake if you are also using it as a filling between the layer

      1. Lori

        I love this cream cheese whipped recipe but I need to know if I want to do a 9 inch layer cake would I just double the ingredients?

        1. Beyond Frosting

          Is it a single or double layer? One batch is enough to frost a 9×13 inch cake. When I make a 3 layer 8-inch cake, I make a double batch. So for a 2 layer 9-inch cake, 1 1/2 of the recipe should be plenty with leftover the decorate.

  9. Ariel

    Hey, I’ve been looking for a light and slightly sweetened fresh cream recipe for a pavlova (basically a meringue cake), something a little more flavourful than Chantilly.
    I personally love cream cheese but do you think this one would be too sweet and perhaps the mascarpone whipped cream could work better?

  10. Jessica

    Have you tried to make this recipe work an artificial sweetner? Do you have any general reccomendations for a preferable artificial sweetener if i attempt that route?

  11. Mary K.

    Hello, this recipe sounds very good but I would like to add fresh raspberries to it. When will I add them and how? Any advice? I’m hoping to make it in a couple of days.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Mary, I’ve never tried it so I can’t say for certain. but I would not expect it to be as thick or as stable since you’re adding more liquid to it.

      1. Diane

        Excellent! Everybody loved this. I add granulated or powder sugar. Both creed cheese and heavy cream need to be cold.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Kristen- did you make any alternations? Were your ingredients cold? It’s possible you did not whip it for long enough, but without being there to see the process I can’t tell you exactly what happened. Next time you can also try adding more powdered sugar.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      I have not personally done it, generally whipped cream is okay but because I have not tried it, I can’t vouch for it.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Do you mean layering it in a cake jar? Of course it can be used as long as you’re planning to refrigerate them. But you may not see defined layers like you would get with buttercream because this is still a whipped cream frosting.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Marissa- I’d say 2-3 days, but it is best prepared and frosted on a cake or cupcakes, as opposed to preparing the frosting ahead of time. It’s still a whipped cream recipe.

  12. Dana Karpinski

    Good morning! Would I need to triple the recipe for three layer 8″ cake with extra for piping?


      1. Harriet Kaczmarczuk

        Hi, please could I ask if this would be enough to fill the middle and cover the top of an 8 inch cake with two layers? Thanks

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