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How long can I keep cream cheese frosting for?

i'm making cream cheese frosting today to frost one cupcake. I know, ridiculous but long story. Anyhow, I feel it's pretty wasteful to dump the rest. I do have another occasion where I can use it but that's not for two weeks.

How long can I keep it in the fridge?

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  1. It will keep in the fridge for two weeks, easily - you can freeze it, too.

    1. if it were I, I would look at the sell-by date on the package of cream cheese and use that as my deadline.

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      1. re: danna

        well, the sell by date is December 2012. I'm assuming it'll go bad by then :)

        I will think about freezing a great idea and i'll take it out a few days before i need to use it again and defrost in the fridge. thanks!

      2. It freezes perfectly. If, for some reason, it's not creamy enough when you defrost it, just re-beat it when it's thawed. I do this all the time.

        1. Way longer than two weeks.

          1. Once you beat the sugar into it, it'll last practically forever in the fridge. You'll know it's time to dump it by the green fur.

              1. re: chefj

                yes, of course i thought of that reply already! i only asked bc i did a google search and most baking sites i came across says a few days. my cream cheese is supposedly good until end of this year which seems like an awfully long time for something to stay good. i know adding sugar prolongs shelf life so i wanted a consensus.

                1. re: trolley

                  If I had graham crackers in the pantry and that frosting in the fridge, there would be no problem with expiration dates!

                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                    well, it's starting to look like this isn't going to be a problem. only if weren't for the darn spoons in my kitchen! i've got to get it to the freezer ASAP otherwise i'll have to buy new clothes.