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Cream Cheese Icing - how long unrefrigerated?

walker Jul 29, 2008 09:01 PM

Whenever I make cream cheese icing for cupcakes, I never know how long it's safe to leave this out on the counter.
If I refrigerate it, the icing gets hard plus it's hard to cram all these cupcakes in there.
Any ideas?

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    dexters RE: walker Jul 30, 2008 04:24 AM

    I've left them out overnight before and lived to tell about it.

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      HillJ RE: walker Jul 30, 2008 06:25 AM

      I'm in NJ so the humidity & summer heat would prevent me from leaving cream cheese out. How about frosting your cupcakes right before serving to avoid the hardening?

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        walker RE: HillJ Jul 30, 2008 09:58 AM

        I'm in San Francisco and most of the time, the summer is quite cool here. In fact, the other night I had to turn on the heat, believe it or not.

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          HillJ RE: walker Jul 31, 2008 08:01 AM

          Lucky you walker! This week was quite hot & humid in NJ and I wasn't able to leave anything out on the counter (let alone cream cheese).

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        cyberroo RE: walker Jul 30, 2008 10:37 AM

        I've left out frosted cupcakes for days with no ill effects. In my experience, the cake will get stale before the frosting goes off, cream cheese or butter-based.

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