Can you freeze cream cheese frosting?

cream cheese frosting

Cream cheese frosting is a popular high-fat cake ingredient. For example, if you made too much cream cheese frosting, how do you store the leftovers? Can you freeze cream cheese frosting? Although cream cheese frosting is high in fat – making it a delicate product to freeze – it freezes perfectly!

Of course, there are certain steps you need to take to properly freeze cream cheese frosting. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a watery, useless mess once the product is thawed!

See, freezing cream cheese frosting improperly could change the texture of the frosting. The alteration could cause the cream cheese icing to become crumbly, watery, or smelly. Cream cheese icing seems to absorb frozen flavor so well. For this reason, it is equally important to pack the product properly before freezing.

Cream cheese frosting only stays fresh for 3 to 5 days when refrigerated. However, if kept in the freezer, its shelf life is extended to 3 months. Now let’s look at how to freeze the cream cheese icing below:

How do you freeze cream cheese with frosting?

Freezing Unopened Cream Cheese Frosting

Store-bought, unopened packages of cream cheese frosting do not require transfer of the product to a different container. Just stick the cream cheese icing in the freezer and that’s it.

Freezing leftover cheese with cream cheese frosting

For the remaining cream cheese frosting, you will need to transfer the product to a resealable plastic bag or airtight plastic container. Simply scoop the frosting into the plastic bag and squeeze out the air before sealing. Write down the storage date and stick the cheese in the freezer. Store the bags of cream cheese frosting flat to save freezer space.

If using a freezer-safe plastic container, scoop the product into the container, but don’t overfill it. When you’re done, place a layer of cling film on top of the container before covering with the airtight lid. The cling film serves as an extra layer of protection against freeze burns. Write the storage date with a permanent marker, then stick it in the freezer.

How do you thaw frozen cheese cream icing?

Thawing frozen cream cheese with glaze is easy, just move the container from the freezer to the fridge. Allow the product to thaw for several hours to overnight. Never thaw cream cheese frosting at room temperature. The drastic temperature fluctuations cause the product to go rancid.

Re-whipping thawed cream cheese with frosting

Once the cream cheese coating is fully thawed, it may take on a watery consistency. That’s okay, there is a way to restore it to its original consistency. Place the cream cheese icing in a large mixing bowl and beat with a whisk. Beat the cream cheese frosting until it’s nice and smooth again. If the cream cheese frosting dries out during whipping, add a little milk to lighten the consistency. If you have an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese icing for a minute or two until you get the consistency you want.

If the cream cheese icing dries out while whipping, add a little milk to lighten the consistency. If you have an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese icing for a minute or two until you get the consistency you want.

Never whip cream cheese frosting that is only partially thawed. Otherwise, the milk product must be completely thawed before whipping, otherwise the consistency will be a bit off.


Nothing beats a cake with a delicious cream cheese icing! There’s something about the cream cheese frosting that makes any dessert even more special. Now that you know how to freeze the cream cheese frosting, you can store the leftovers in the freezer for later baking!