Cream cheese icing is what you would normally find on a carrot cake and using this recipe exactly as it is makes enough to cover the top and sides of a 25cm round cake. The icing is not very sweet but creamy and really delicious.
It’s a very versatile recipe so if you like your icing sweeter, add a 1/4 cup of icing sugar to the mix and to make a chocolate version, add the extra sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa powder.
This really is the best cream cheese icing you will ever taste so next time you make cup cakes or any cake for that matter, smother them in this fantastic cream cheese icing.
What you need
250g cream cheese (none of that low fat nonsense)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Butter and cream cheese must be at room temperature before you start or you will really battle.
Add the butter and cream cheese to a bowl and blend together with a mixer or a wodden spoon until well combined, then add the vanilla and give it a very good mix.
Now sift in the icing sugar mixing constantly until the mixture is velvety smooth.
If you are adding the cocoa for the chocolate cream cheese icing, sift the cocoa and icing sugar in together.
That’s that, the best cream cheese icing you will ever taste.
If you use a spoon to mix this icing you are going to get a good workout, the faster you mix and the longer you mix, the better it gets.
I have also smothered a banana bread in the original icing and I can tell you it is something you are going to want to try.