freeze cream cheese frosting

Can You Freeze Cream Cheese Frosting?

Smooth and silky, cream cheese frosting strikes the perfect balance between sweet, creamy, and slightly tangy. Popular as a topping on carrot cake and red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting is a favorite when it comes to decorating baked treats.

Unfortunately, it does not have a long shelf life due to the addition of the cream cheese, and making only the right amount to ice your cake seems almost impossible. 

Luckily, leftover cream cheese frosting can be frozen and used later which means you don’t have to worry about wasting any of your delicious creamy cake toppings. 

Here is what you need to know to successfully freeze cream cheese frosting.

Types of Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is a light and fluffy frosting made with butter, cream cheese, and icing sugar. Plain cream cheese frosting generally also includes vanilla extract.

Cream cheese frosting can be flavored for icing different types of cakes. Popular frosting variations include lemon, coconut, and even chocolate.

Can I Freeze Cream Cheese Frosting?

Yes, cream cheese frosting can successfully be stored in the freezer. Although cream cheese generally undergoes textural changes when frozen on its own, the combination of the butter and icing sugar minimizes the textural changes when it comes to freezing cream cheese frosting.

It is important to place it in the freezer within a day of making it to ensure you have a good, fresh product once thawed. For optimal preservation eliminate any contact with moisture or air when freezing by storing the frosting in air-tight packaging.

How To Freeze Cream Cheese Frosting

Step 1: Portion

Decide how you will be using the cream cheese frosting in the future. If you need the full batch for one cake, store it in one large resealable freezer bag or airtight container. 

If you are not yet sure what you will be using it for, it is best to divide the frosting into smaller portions so that you can only remove a small quantity from the freezer at a time and keep the rest preserved.

Step 2: Pack and Seal

Scoop the cream cheese frosting into resealable freezer bags being careful to check for any holes, tears, or leaks. Press all the remaining air out of the bag before sealing it.

Step 3: Label and Freeze

Label the bags with the date and place them on a baking sheet and into the freezer. This allows the frosting to freeze evenly. Once frozen solid, remove the baking sheet and stack the freezer bags neatly in the freezer allowing you to save space and keep things organized.

How To Thaw Frozen Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese should always be kept in the refrigerator to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and keep it from spoiling. The same rule applies to cream cheese frosting and therefore it is best to place the cream cheese frosting in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.

If you notice that the frosting has slightly changed texture or consistency on defrosting, use an electric mixer to mix the cream cheese frosting back to its original fluffy and smooth consistency before frosting your cake.



Fluffy, sweet, and creamy, cream cheese frosting is the perfect indulgent way to finish off a cake or cupcake. Making the perfect amount of frosting when decorating baked goods can be an art in itself. 

If you are left with a batch of extra frosting, don’t worry because it can go straight into the freezer for effortless decorating next time around.

Make sure to keep the frosting safe from contact with air or moisture, and always thaw it in the refrigerator to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Once thawed, simply give it a good whip with a mixer and you’ll be ready to decorate a new batch of delicious sweet treats in no time.

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