15-Minute Recipe for Cream Cheese Glaze

Cream cheese glaze on muffins

The Spruce


  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
84 Calories
5g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 1g
Calcium 21mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whether you're glazing a red velvet cupcake or my favorite ​pumpkin bundt cake, there's nothing like a smooth, rich cream cheese glaze as the finishing touch. It's the perfect, essential topping to any moist or sweet dessert. It also pairs nicely with cinnamon rolls. Try this recipe that will sure to tempt your taste buds and melt in your mouth.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cream cheese glaze ingredients
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  2. Beat cream cheese until very creamy.

    Beating the cream cheese
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  3. Beat in powdered sugar.

    Add powdered sugar
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  4. Stir in vanilla and add 3 tablespoons milk. 

    White frosting and beaters
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  5. Add more milk to get desired consistency for drizzling this cream cheese glaze on a cake.

    Cream cheese glaze
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  6. Try on your favorite cake or in another recipe. Enjoy!


  • To soften the cream cheese, simply put an unwrapped slab of cream cheese into a microwavable plate. Then microwave it on high for 15 seconds. If it is not soft, you can microwave it in 15-second increments until it gets to the right texture. Mix it through; it may be a little cooler in the middle but the warmer sides may help it soften evenly and completely in just a few minutes. You may want to flip the cream cheese halfway through microwaving, for more even softening.
  • We recommend using a plate, not a bowl, when softening the cream cheese, so that it's easier to scrap off into your mixing bowl.
  • Or, chop the cold cream cheese slab into a few chunks, and then microwave it. This ensures that microwave can more quickly heat the individual chunks instead of the whole slab at once.

Frosting and Icing Recipes

If you're seeking another topping for your favorite dessert, try one of our other frosting recipes:

Where Did Cream Cheese Come From?

There are many schools of thought as to when cream cheese, which is a soft, mild cheese made from milk and cream -- just as its name suggests -- was invented. The most prevalent story is that it was created accidentally in 1872 by William Lawrence of New York. Other sources say cream cheese recipes were discovered in a Pennsylvania newspaper and early cookbooks that date back to 1769. Lawrence, however, is credited for being the first to produce this creamy cheese in mass quantities.

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