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This cinnamon cream cheese frosting is like a hug from your favorite sweater on a chilly day. It’s got that perfect balance of tangy cream cheese, sweet powdered sugar, and warm, spicy cinnamon.

cinnamon cream cheese frosting piped into a small bowl

Ah, cinnamon cream cheese frosting – just saying it out loud makes my kitchen smell like a cozy, sweet dream!

I remember the first time I whipped up this frosting; Jeremy was skeptical. “Cinnamon in frosting?” he asked, raising an eyebrow. But after one taste, he was hooked, and so was Lily. I guess that goes without saying, though. Ha!

This frosting isn’t just delicious; it’s versatile too. Whether you’re slathering it on pumpkin cake, spice cake, or even your homemade cinnamon rolls, it elevates every dessert to a whole new level of yum.

It’s my go-to when I want to add a touch of warmth and comfort to my baking, especially during fall. There is something about vanilla and cinnamon that warm you just the right way when it gets cold out.

The best part? It’s an easy recipe with minimal ingredients, which is always a win in my book.

The blend of full-fat cream cheese and unsalted butter creates the fluffiest frosting, while the ground cinnamon adds a delightful warmth that’s not overpowering.

Trust me, this delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting will become your favorite way to finish off all sorts of cakes and desserts.

Some of our other favorite frosted recipes we have on our site include: Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting (Homemade Recipe), Banana Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting, and The Best Fluffy Buttercream Frosting.

cinnamon cream cheese frosting on a kitchenaid paddle

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Perfect Balance: The warmth of cinnamon and tangy cream cheese creates a perfect balance of flavors. It’s great for adding to any fall desserts. Although, I certainly don’t limit myself to that time of year!
  2. Texture Heaven: It’s creamy, fluffy, and spreads like a dream. There is nothing more luxurious than a good cream cheese frosting. Am I right?
  3. Easy to Make: Simple ingredients, straightforward method. You really can’t go wrong with your frosting when everything is so darn simple!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Cream cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
ingredients needed to make cinnamon cream cheese frosting

HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  1. To make the frosting add the cream cheese and butter to the body of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Whip on medium until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla, powdered sugar, and cinnamon, mix to combine. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  3. Turn the mixer on to medium-high and whip until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Use immediately.
step by step collage of images showing how to make cinnamon cream cheese frosting

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

Absolutely not! While the perfect amount of cinnamon adds a lovely warmth, you can omit it for a classic cream cheese frosting.

It’s all about personal preference! In the end, I’ll always tell you to do what your taste buds love the most.

Full-fat cream cheese works best for this recipe. It gives the frosting that rich, creamy texture we all love.

Remember, room temperature cream cheese is easier to mix and creates a smoother frosting.

cinnamon cream cheese frosting in a small glass bowl

Yes, due to the cream cheese and butter, it’s best to refrigerate this frosting.

The last thing you want is to store it in a warm place and have it go bad on you! Keep it in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

It stays good for about a week, but let’s be honest – it rarely lasts that long in my house!

Spruce up your cinnamon cream cheese frosting with these delightful mix-ins or toppings:

  • Chopped pecans or walnuts for a nutty crunch.
  • A sprinkle of brown sugar for extra sweetness.
  • Mini chocolate chips for a chocolatey twist.
  • A dash of nutmeg or pumpkin spice for extra warmth.
  • Swirl in some caramel sauce for a gooey touch.
  • Fresh berries for a burst of fruitiness.
  • Crushed graham crackers for a pie-crust-like texture.
  • Shredded coconut for a tropical flavor.
  • A spoonful of espresso powder for coffee lovers.
  • Lemon zest for a citrusy zing.

Here are some handy substitutions for various dietary needs or preferences:

  • Swap powdered sugar with a sugar-free alternative for a lower-calorie option.
  • Use dairy-free cream cheese and vegan butter for a vegan-friendly version.
  • Almond extract can replace vanilla extract for a different flavor profile.
  • Use gluten-free vanilla extract for a gluten-sensitive diet.
cinnamon cream cheese frosting in a small glass with piping bag

HOW TO STORE:

Refrigerator: Store the frosting in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. It will keep well for up to a week.

Freezer: Freeze in a freezer-safe container or bag. It can be stored for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

Remember to give it a good stir after storage!

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: A great way to get a smoother frosting is to ensure your cream cheese and butter are at room temperature.
  • Sift the Powdered Sugar: This prevents lumps and gives a silkier texture. (I won’t give you a hard time if you skip this part, haha.)
  • Start on Low Speed: Begin mixing on low to avoid powdered sugar clouds. Trust me. I’ve had powdered sugar clouds…
  • Customize the Cinnamon: Adjust the amount to your taste preference. Personally, I can stand a little more cinnamon in my life.
  • Scrape the Bowl: Regularly scrape down the sides of the bowl for even mixing. Don’t forget the rubber spatula!
  • Use a Piping Bag: For a professional look, use a piping bag to apply the frosting.
a piping bag piping on cinnamon cream cheese frosting on a cupcake

This cinnamon cream cheese frosting is a journey through flavors that brings comfort and joy with each bite. It might just become your new favorite frosting.

Whether it’s the star of your pumpkin cookies, the crown on your warm cinnamon rolls, or the finishing touch on your favorite cake, it’s a recipe that always satisfies.

Remember, the best part of baking is making it your own, so don’t be afraid to experiment with mix-ins, substitutions, and personal touches. Happy baking!

If you’ve tried this CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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Easy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 5 minutes
This cinnamon cream cheese frosting is like a hug from your favorite sweater on a chilly day. It’s got that perfect balance of tangy cream cheese, sweet powdered sugar, and warm, spicy cinnamon.
Servings 32 servings

Equipment

  • stand mixer

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • To make the frosting add the cream cheese and butter to the body of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Whip on medium until smooth.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • Add the vanilla, powdered sugar, and cinnamon, mix to combine. Scrape down the sides as needed.
    3 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Turn the mixer on to medium-high and whip until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Use immediately.

Notes

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: A great way to get a smoother frosting is to ensure your cream cheese and butter are at room temperature.
  • Sift the Powdered Sugar: This prevents lumps and gives a silkier texture. (I won’t give you a hard time if you skip this part, haha.)
  • Start on Low Speed: Begin mixing on low to avoid powdered sugar clouds. Trust me. I’ve had powdered sugar clouds…
  • Customize the Cinnamon: Adjust the amount to your taste preference. Personally, I can stand a little more cinnamon in my life.
  • Scrape the Bowl: Regularly scrape down the sides of the bowl for even mixing. Don’t forget the rubber spatula!
  • Use a Piping Bag: For a professional look, use a piping bag to apply the frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 0.001mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.02mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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