Is there anything better than cream cheese frosting?
Thick, creamy, and rich, it’s the perfect finishing touch to any cake or cupcake.
But what to do with leftover cream cheese frosting if you have some of it?
Here are a few quick and easy ideas of mine that will help you use up every last bit.
Let’s take a look.
Add it to your morning oatmeal or cereal
Adding the leftover to your cereal or oatmeal is a great way to mix things up at breakfast.
It’ll give you another chance to enjoy it, and you won’t have to worry about it going bad, because you’ll be eating the rest up right then and there.
To do this, simply stir your leftover frosting into the oatmeal or cereal, and enjoy.
Use it as a fruit dip
This is one of my favorite ways to reuse the leftover.
After all, what’s better than fresh fruit?
Fresh fruit covered with cream cheese frosting, of course!
Simply spoon some of your leftover frostings into a bowl, and let your fruit of choice soak each and every bite in the sweet and creamy topping.
Spread it on toast
What’s better than toast? Cream cheese frosted toast.
After you’ve spread some of the leftovers onto your bread, just pop that piece into a toaster oven or under a broiler until it browns and crisps up.
Then grab a fork, knife, or pair of chopsticks, and dig in.
Use it as a filling for cake pops
If you’re looking to make some festive holiday treats, try this one out for size.
Simply scoop out the amount of cream cheese frosting that you have leftover into a bowl.
Add in some sprinkles, a little bit of ground-up cake, and mix it in.
Then use a teaspoon to scoop out spoonfuls into a tray of pop sticks that have been laid out.
Place the tray into your freezer for half an hour or so, then remove them from the tray and store them in an airtight container once frozen solid.
Use it as a topping for ice cream or yogurt
There’s nothing simpler than scooping some of your leftover frostings into a bowl, microwaving it for ten seconds or so, and then spooning it over some ice cream.
Or, better yet, use the same method to garnish a bowl of yogurt.
Mix it with Nutella or other chocolate spreads
This one is simple.
Just add in a tablespoon or so of Nutella to the same bowl you used for your other leftovers, and mix everything together.
Then spread some on toast or eat with fruit.
Use it as a filling for crêpes
Who doesn’t love a good crêpe?
To make the best filling out of the leftover, simply place some on top of one half of the crêpe, then fold it over into a semi-circle.
Then just sprinkle on some powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Put it in a blender with some milk and make a smoothie
The best thing about smoothies is how easy they are to make.
To make yours, simply add some of the leftover and milk into a blender, add in some chocolate syrup if you’d like, and blend until smooth.
Add it to a chicken sandwich
Yummy yum yum…
Who doesn’t love a good chicken sandwich?
Next time you make one, simply add in some of the leftovers and mix it in with the chicken.
Then use this mixture to top off a fresh bun.
Spoon it over waffles or pancakes for an extra sweet breakfast
If you’ve got hungry mouths to feed in the morning, try this one out.
Instead of syrup, simply plop some leftovers on top of your waffles or pancakes.
The extra sweetness will brighten up everyone’s day.
Can I save cream cheese frosting?
Yes, you can.
If you have a bunch of this in your fridge and want to save it, just place it in an airtight container and stick it in the freezer.
When you’re ready to use it again, just microwave it for about 10-15 seconds, stir it, and it’s ready to go.
How long will it last in the fridge?
It can last in your fridge for up to a week.
Just place it in an airtight container and as long as you avoid getting it smeared onto the lid, you should be good to go.
Will cream cheese frosting harden in the fridge?
Yes, it will eventually harden.
If you don’t plan on using it immediately when you make it (or if you’re making it specifically to save for later), then simply take note that when you put it away, it will end up hardening.
But no worries.
Simply place the frosting in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it up for about 10-15 seconds.
It should soften right up just as you remember. (source)
Can cream cheese frosting be frozen twice?
No, it cannot be frozen twice.
Unfortunately, once it’s been thawed, the texture of the frosting will be damaged and it’ll never go back to being as good as new. (source)
How can you tell if cream cheese frosting is bad?
It that is past its prime can go bad.
If you find that yours has been in the fridge for a little too long and is starting to look a little weird, just throw it away – there’s no saving it.
Does cream cheese frosting melt?
It does not melt.
Since it’s solid and is made of dairy ingredients and (usually) butter, it will resist melting under most circumstances.
How long can you keep cream cheese frosting out?
You should only leave the leftovers out for about an hour before sticking them back in the fridge.
They’re meant to be refrigerated and sticking them out in the open for too long could expose your frostings to bacteria that will cause them to go bad. (source)
How do I fix runny cream cheese frosting?
If yours is runny, chances are you’ve accidentally added too much milk.
To fix it, just add in a little more confectioners’ sugar until it becomes thick enough to spread on bread or cakes.
How can you thicken cream cheese frosting?
To thicken it up, just add in more confectioners’ sugar.
If you’ve got a lot of frosting and not enough sugar, go ahead and add in a little milk as well.
Just remember that the less liquid you add to your frosting, the thicker it will be.
Should I refrigerate cream cheese frosting before piping?
You definitely should refrigerate your cream cheese frosting before piping.
If you leave it out at room temperature for too long, it’ll become runny and unusable.
So always remember to put it back in the fridge when you’re done using it.
How do I fix lumpy cream cheese frosting?
A lumpy one is the worst thing ever.
It’s tough to fix since it usually happens when you don’t mix the ingredients fast enough, but there are a few things you can do to save your frosting.
One method is to add in more cream cheese and beat it again until smooth, while another is to use a hand blender to get rid of the lumps.
Is cream cheese frosting spicy?
It is not spicy.
Since there’s no chili powder in them, you don’t have to worry about your desserts being too spicy.
Do cookies with cream cheese frosting need to be refrigerated?
Yes, they should be refrigerated.
Any cookie that contains cream cheese needs to be stored in the fridge or it might go bad.
Why is my cream cheese frosting grainy?
Your cream cheese frosting is grainy when there are small lumps of butter that hadn’t yet been mixed in.
The best way to avoid this happening is to always use softened butter and mix your frostings on low speed for at least 10 minutes, until smooth.
There are so many ways to enjoy the leftover, you’ll never have to worry about it going to waste again.
Whether you add it to your morning oatmeal or cereal, use it as a fruit dip, spread it on toast, or fill cake pops with it, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this sweet and creamy topping.
So go ahead and get creative.
I hope that my ideas above helped you in knowing what to do with leftover cream cheese frosting.