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Cream cheese frosting question

Lady Godiva May 9, 2008 01:58 PM

I'm going to be freezing unfrosted cupcakes and I want to be able to frost just a few at a time.

I'd like to make a cream cheese frosting for them, but I'm wondering how long it can be stored in the fridge when it's not on a cupcake. Any ideas?

  1. Adrienne May 9, 2008 04:35 PM

    If you're just using cream cheese, butter and sugar, it should last a good while. If you check the expiration date on your cream cheese, that's probably a good estimate of how long you can leave it.

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      Erika L May 9, 2008 05:11 PM

      I don't know about cream cheese frosting but I do know that a regular buttercream gets dry and grainy after about two weeks. (I've had leftovers that I stored in the fridge and used to sandwich Nilla wafers.) My guess is that store-ability is related to the amount of fat in a frosting, as the more liquid (milk, cream, lemon juice, whatever) is used to thin the frosting to a spreadable consistency evaporates over time. I've seen recipes with proportions of one 3-oz block to 4 c of powdered sugar, to one 8-oz block to 1 c powdered sugar. I'd bet that the former lasts better in the fridge.

      1. QueenB May 10, 2008 03:23 PM

        You can also freeze your cream cheese frosting. I've done it with great success. I'd suggest freezing in portions small enough to frost just a few cupcakes at a time. Then, defrost the frosting along with the cupcakes, stir well and frost!

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