Cream Cheese Frosting Without Powdered Sugar

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Cream Cheese Frosting Without Powdered Sugar

Running out of powdered sugar and want to make frosting? Don’t you worry, as I have got a recipe for you that requires castor sugar instead of icing sugar for the frosting!

That’s right; we’ll be making a delicious cream cheese frosting without powdered sugar. 

You may have noticed various cream cheese frostings in my list of recipes. This is because I find cream cheese frosting very tempting and creamy.
The texture is cheesy, and the flavor is simple yet complex. The tanginess from the cream cheese hits you differently. Also, cream cheese frostings are not very sweet. 

Almost every frosting recipe would require icing sugar because it gets mixed easily and whipped.
But there could be days you may not have it in your kitchen. In that case, you can make this frosting using castor sugar. Although most of the sugar dissolves while mixing, some grittiness remains, but it’s very subtle and is actually pleasantly good when you eat. 

This cream cheese frosting is unique and remarkable in flavor. Go ahead and pair it with your favorite red velvet cake or any other dessert you like. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe? 

  • Lighter: This cream cheese frosting is somewhat different from other cream cheese frostings as it has castor sugar in it. The crystal edges of the sugar helps to incorporate and trap more air than icing sugar, making it creamier and lighter. 
  • Versatile: You can always add any of your favorite flavors besides vanilla. For example, you can add lemon or orange zest to add these flavors or any other oil-based essence. 
  • Perfect Consistency: The combination of butter and cream cheese gives a unique and perfect frosting consistency. It is excellent for spreading, filling, frosting, and even piping. 

Important Ingredients Used In The Recipe

  • Unsalted Butter: You must use room temperature soft unsalted butter. The consistency here should be soft in the sense that you are able to press the butter. It should neither be melting nor too hard. 
  • Cream Cheese: Using a good quality cream cheese block is necessary. The cheese should not be too watery, curdled, or like a spread. 
  • Castor Sugar: Castor sugar has perfect small crystals that are big enough to have edges so that air can be incorporated; and are small enough to get dissolved easily. 
  • Vanilla Essence and Salt: These basic flavors are a necessity for any frosting as they provide and enhance the overall taste of the frosting. 

How To Make Cream Cheese Frosting Without Powdered Sugar 

Preparation: Collect and weigh all five ingredients required for the recipe. Keep all the tools handy as well. 

Mix Sugar and Cream Cheese: Start by mixing cream cheese and sugar first. Mix it well and keep it aside. The moisture from the cream cheese will help the sugar to get dissolved. 

Beat Butter: In a large mixing bowl, beat unsalted butter until it gets light and fluffy. Use an electric hand beater for this and beat at medium to high speed. 

Add Sugar-Cheese Mixture: Next, add the cream cheese and sugar mixture prepared earlier and beat the frosting again. Make sure the cheese gets mixed with butter thoroughly. 

Add Flavours: Lastly, add the vanilla essence and salt and give the frosting one last mix to combine everything well. 

Chef’s Tips For The Recipe

Make Sugar – Cheese Mixture First. 

Do not beat the butter first, and mix sugar with cream cheese later. We need to mix the two initially because we want the sugar to get dissolved into the cheese. If mixed later, you have too much grittiness in the frosting. 

Room Temperature Consistency. 

The right temperature of butter and cream cheese is the key to getting a good frosting. Both must be at room temperature, neither too cold nor too warm. 

How To Store Cream Cheese Frosting Without Powdered Sugar 

Prepare a fresh batch whenever you need to frost your cakes and cupcake.

If in case there is leftover frosting, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for a month. 

More Easy Recipes

Check out some other delicious cream cheese frostings: 

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting 

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How to thicken cream cheese frosting without powdered sugar? 

This frosting recipe has the perfect consistency we need for a frosting. The best option for thickening cream cheese is the addition of butter or shortening in it, which is why the frosting has unsalted butter in it.  

Can I use table sugar instead of castor sugar? 

No, table sugar is quite big in size, and it won’t dissolve well in the frosting. Hence you will end up with sugar bits in your frosting

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Cream Cheese Frosting Without Powdered Sugar

Cream cheese frosting can be made with castor sugar. It’s thick, fluffy, and stable enough to frost cakes and cupcakes. 

  • Total Time: 15 to 20 minutes


  • 200 g Unsalted butter
  • 150 g Cream cheese
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 110 g Castor sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla essence


  1. Mix Sugar and Cream cheese first so that the sugar gets mixed well into the frosting. Keep this aside. 
  2. Now, use an electric hand beater to beat unsalted butter in a mixing bowl. Whip until the butter gets light and fluffy. 
  3. Add the cream cheese and sugar mixture along with salt and vanilla essence and beat to incorporate everything properly.
  • Author: Chef Mansi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 to 10 minutes

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