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Vehicle for Cream Cheese Frosting

I know carrot cake is a classic but what other kind of cake would be a good vehicle for cream cheese frosting?

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    1. I like it on spice cake, seems just about perfect for that.

        1. A woman after my own heart. I firmly believe that carrot cake exists to keep the cream cheese frosting off my fingers.

          I like it on any kind of cake that's dark in color -- banana bread, zucchini bread, spice cakes, ginger cakes, fruit cakes, etc.

          But it's also good on any many kinds of strongly flavored light colored cakes like banana cakes or lemon cakes.

          Or, you know, spoons. It's excellent on spoons.

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          1. re: Jacquilynne

            A spoon was my first answer (or a rubber spatula or the paddle from the mixer).

            I agree that it goes well on the dark cakes...the ones with the 'pumpkin pie' spices. I also really like it on banana chocolate cake. The chocolate makes it a little cheesecake-y.

          2. Not a cake but these bars are to die for, and easy. top with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle skor bits on top (and only like 3 ingredients):


            * 1 package skor toffee pieces
            * 1 box Ritz cracker (orignal flavour)
            * 1 can condensed milk

            Crush the Ritz Crackers.
            Mix with the other two ingredients.
            Pour mixture into a buttered 9x9 pan.
            Press firmly.
            Bake at 300 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
            Let cool and slice while still warm.

            these are sooo sweet, cut into small cubes! pretty too

            1. I love cream cheese frosting! Some of my favourite delivery systems:

              Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake With Caramel and Cream Cheese Frosting

              Harvest Cake With Cider-Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

              Very Vanilla Cupcakes With Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

              Pralines & Cream Pecan-Caramel Muffins

              1. These pumpkin whoopie pies from Martha Stewart went over well at Christmas and were fun and easy to make. The cream cheese filling was basically a frosting, and was a good foil for the spices in the "cookies".


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                1. re: bear

                  I have another pumpkin whoopie pie recipe that includes a "traditional" whoopie filling recipe, basically marshmallow fluff and crisco. I use cream cheese frosting instead, and it's now a family favorite.

                2. Two more: Coconut Cake and Banana Cake

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                  1. re: emily

                    Chocolate Stout Cake!

                    I halve this recipe and bake it in a Bundt pan, two 8" round pans, or cupcake tins. Sometimes I make a trifle with chunks of cake, rasperry preserves, and cream cheese frosting thinned with a bit of half and half.


                    1. re: emily

                      Yes--I love it on the Elvis cake, using cream cheese in the peanut butter frosting on banana cake.

                    2. Graham Cracker cake and fresh apple cinnamon cake

                      1. I like it on Italian cream cake (coconut and pecans).

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                        1. re: chowser

                          I saw a picture of an Italian cream cake with cream cheese frosting, could you please share the recipe? It looked delish! 1st time I've ever responded to any kind of blog.

                          1. re: nancyviola

                            I like this one:


                            It's really good, better than I thought it would be.

                        2. A large spoon and privacy from the shame.

                          1. bakerella's cupcake pops!

                            1. I seem to be in the minority here, but my favorite is a good, hearty chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. YUM. Go with a sturdy, moist cake, not a light, fluffy one, and you pretty much have my favorite cake right there.

                              1. I make cheesecake filled cupcakes with cream cheese frosting - top with strawberries and kumquat slices

                                1. REAL Pineapple Dream Cake (does not involve box mixes or Cool Whip)


                                  2 c flour
                                  2 c sugar
                                  2 tsp baking soda
                                  2 eggs
                                  1 c shredded coconut
                                  1 c chopped walnuts or pecans
                                  1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in unsweetened juice

                                  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. I haven't found that it makes any difference if you combine the dry ingredients first -- I just dump it all in and stir.

                                  Grease but do not flour a 9x13 pan and pour the batter in. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Will be moist.


                                  1/4 lb butter, softened
                                  1-1/2 c powdered sugar
                                  2 tsp vanilla
                                  1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

                                  Cream together butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar on low speed until combined. This isn't a stiff frosting.

                                  Frost cooled cake; top with additional chopped nuts if desired. I think it's best kept in the refrigerator because it's so moist (and also because it's fabulous cold for some reason).

                                  I have never seen this in a print or web publication, so please forgive me if you've seen it somewhere else. I got it from a friend, who got it from her mother's recipe box.

                                  1. Banana or pumpkin bars, like these:

                                    And for ease of access, here's the recipe:

                                    -2 eggs, room temperature
                                    -1/2 c. granulated sugar
                                    -1/3 c. raw sugar
                                    -1/4 c. vegetable oil
                                    -1/4 c. plain yogurt
                                    -8-oz. bananas (weighed after peeling—about 1 1/2 medium bananas), mashed
                                    -1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
                                    -1 c. all-purpose flour
                                    -1 tsp. baking powder
                                    -1 tsp. ground cinnamon
                                    -1/2 tsp. salt
                                    -1/2 tsp. baking soda

                                    1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, banana, oil, yogurt, and sugars.

                                    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking power, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

                                    3. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet until combined.

                                    4. Bake on the middle rack in a large greased gratin dish or 8Ă—8-in. pan for approx. 35 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean.

                                    5. Drizzle or spread with cream cheese-sour cream icing when cool.

                                    1. If it can take frosting, you can frost it with cream cheese frosting. Can't go wrong. Bigger challenge: what *isn't* a good vehicle for cream cheese frosting?

                                      1. Ginger bread cookies.

                                        Ultra-dark chocolate wafer cookies (like for ice cream sandwiches).

                                        And don't forget the raisins!

                                        1. blueberry coffee cake. Blueberries and cream cheese pair really really well.

                                          1. The pumpkin whoopie pies from the Baked cookbook are a delicious vehicle since you get to use the cream cheese frosting in copious amounts. The recipe is widely available on the internet. I've made them several times and I can't resist them even though I'm not big on sweets.

                                            1. Love it on any type of chocolate cake.

                                              1. I had a little cream cheese frosting left over from a cake I was making the other day, and smeared it on a soft molasses cookie / bun. I imagine it would also work well in general with those flavors.

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                                                1. re: im_nomad

                                                  Hmmmm.... no need for a cake, or cookies or a spoon! I just lick it off of my finger! lol But I will confess to smearing it onto an Oreo in a moment of weakness.

                                                  I'm wondering how cream cheese frosting would taste on a vanilla cake with chocolate filling. I'm doing a cake for an 8 year old and I need frosting that will hold up for a day and a half in the fridge. Cream cheese frosting does hold well...and it's yummy!

                                                2. definitely banana cake! Also, I made pear-cranberry cupcakes once with a cream cheese frosting, and it was a fantastic combination, although I added white chocolate to the frosting to balance out the tartness of the cranberries.

                                                  1. In addition to what's already been mentioned - my fave carrot cake sandwich cookies

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                                                    1. re: maplesugar

                                                      +1 on the pumpkin and spice cake votes. The local diner has a pumpkin muffin frosted with cream cheese frosting--if a frosted pumpkin cake can be called a muffin. In our circle of friends it is only known as "the ****ing awesome."

                                                      That being said, white cake, CCF and fresh sliced strawberries is AH-mazing.

                                                    2. It's good on jam cake or apple spice, too, if you don't care for the traditional caramel frosting. It's also good with Paul Prudhomme's pecan cake, the one where you nearly burn the pecans.

                                                      The Gourmet Today recipe for cream cheese frosting with the addition of molasses has got a groove in my kitchen. That little bit of complexity the molasses adds is just inspired, IMO, especially for adult palates. My neighbor was doing "What's that flavor?" double take. It was great to watch his face as he ate, wondering, before he finally asked. When I told him the "secret ingredient," he said "Well, you can bring those over anytime!"

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                                                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                          Yup, that's it. Not very sweet and a bit loose, but great flavor, rich and interesting.

                                                          1. re: amyzan

                                                            I think I'm going to give it a go this weekend on a Chocolate Stout cake; I like the idea of chocolate cake and a touch of molasses for the richness in the cream cheese frosting.

                                                      1. Apple Walnut Cake- Coconut cake- Had an excellent banana cake the other day that was layered with cream cheese frosting and then topped off with chocolate ganache When I was growing up, my mother used to make Black Bottom Cupcakes (?) with a chocolate chip cream cheese filling- to die for