Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Nov 25, 2020 | Gluten-Free, Recipes, Toppings/Sauces

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This light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is so easy to make and is much healthier than traditional recipes. But don’t worry, it’s just as delicious!

light cream cheese frosting

Do you love cream cheese?

Who doesn’t right? And cream cheese frosting is by far my favorite frosting but it’s not the healthiest, so I decided to make a lightened up version. Believe me this frosting is just as good and the original, minus a stick of butter and a ton of sugar.

This version is made with light cream cheese and Greek yogurt, and lightly sweetened with a blend of powdered sugar or erythritol (for a sugar free version). Or you can make it the way I do, with a blend of the 2.

Best of all, you can make this light cream cheese frosting in about 5 minutes with just a few ingredients. So what do you need?

Light Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

ingredients for light cream cheese frosting

For light cream cheese frosting, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Reduced Fat Cream Cheese– Or full fat if you prefer.
  • Greek Yogurt– Greek yogurt works best because it’s super thick. I use this one.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar– Also called powdered sugar.
  • Powdered Erythritol– To reduce the amount sugar I use a blend of confectioners’ sugar and powdered erythritol. You can use all confectioners’ or all powdered erythritol (if you want a sugar free frosting). If you are unfamiliar with erythritol, it’s a sugar substitute with zero net carbs that doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. Both powdered and granulated erythritol is available, although for things like frostings and sauces you need the powdered erythritol so that you get a smooth texture.
  • Salt– Just a pinch of salt is all you need.
  • Cornstarch– Cornstarch helps to thicken the frosting a bit, but you can omit it if you prefer.
  • Vanilla Extract– This is optional, although it does add lovely flavor.

How To Make Light Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s so easy to make this light cream cheese frosting. Follow these instructions:

  1. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and salt on medium until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar or powdered erythritol for sugar free, or a 50/50 combo (my favorite), and the cornstarch. Beat on low for 30 seconds and then on high for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Use immediately to frost cupcakes or cake, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

cake and light cream cheese frosting

Please let me know how you like the light cream cheese frosting in the comments! I love to hear from you and your star ratings encourage others to give the recipe a try.

Enjoy!

Crystal

Light Cream Cheese Frosting
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4 from 1 vote

Light Cream Cheese Frosting

This light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is so easy to make and is much healthier than traditional recipes. But don't worry, it's just as delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: frosting
Servings: 14
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Crystal Yentzen

Ingredients

  • 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered erythritol*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  • In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and salt on medium until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the confectioners' sugar or powdered erythritol for sugar free, or a 50/50 combo (my favorite), and the cornstarch. Beat on low for 30 seconds and then on high for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Use immediately to frost cupcakes or cake, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • Powdered Erythritol- You need about 3/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar (more to taste). To the reduce the amount of sugar, I use a combination of confectioners’ sugar and powdered erythritol: 1/4 cup confectioners’ and 1/2 cup erythritol ( the nutrition facts are based upon these amounts). Of course, you can use all confectioners’ sugar or powdered erythritol (for sugar free), if you choose. 
  • This recipe makes enough frosting for 12-14 cupcakes or a 9 inch cake. If you have a double layer cake or you want to pipe a generous amount of frosting onto your cupcakes, then I suggest doubling the recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 50mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

2 Comments

  1. Anne

    4 stars
    I screwed up and used granulated erythritol!! Otherwise it tasted delicious!

    Reply
    • Crystal Yentzen

      Oh no! Yes you have to use the powdered erythritol. Regular granulated will not work. At least it still tasted good and I hope you try it again.

      Crystal

      Reply

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