Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

From "Everyday Foods" No. 19 (Jan. 2005). I seem to be the last person in the universe to have found a good reduced-fat cream cheese frosting; better late than never, I suppose!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 ounces neufchatel cheese (or other reduced-fat or fat-free cream cheese)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Beat ingredients together with an electric mixer.
  2. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week; stir before using.
  3. Feel free to flavor with a half teaspoon of your favorite extract, or with a spice like cinnamon, or even a little cocoa powder.


Most Helpful

I am a huge fan of cream cheese frosting and was so excited that it was so easy. I started as the recipe said, but it didn't seem like enough for my 13X9 cake, so I used a whole 8 oz package of neufchatel and estimated the powdered sugar accordingly. It was great!

betsypop November 21, 2010

Hmmm, this has been up for over 2.5 years and I'm the first to review it. I must say that I didn't think I was very fond of cream cheese in any form, but I found this recipe since I had exactly 3 oz. of Neufchatel to use up. I made it exactly as written (with none of the suggested add-on flavorings). Making this with an electric mixer, the mixture actually transformed into a true icing, thick and glossy, as opposed to a light, fluffy frosting. I used this on a boxed yellow cake mix (which made two 9" rounds). I made a mess of the icing part (not very skilled at it yet), but the icing wound up tasting pretty darned good on a plain yellow cake. A nice little surprise indeed.

spooty3 June 17, 2010

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