Heavenly Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Picture this: you’re cozying up on your couch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee in hand. The aroma fills the room, and you’re ready to take a bite of your favorite coffee-flavored dessert. But wait, what’s missing? The perfect frosting to complement that delectable treat!

Enter my Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe. This frosting adds a bold coffee flavor to any baked good, from classic chocolate cupcakes to walnut cake and banana bread. It’s made from simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, including cream cheese, powdered sugar, hot water, and instant coffee.

But this frosting isn’t just about its ingredients; it’s about the experience it creates. With each bite, you’ll feel the warmth of the coffee and the creamy indulgence of the cream cheese. It will wake up your taste buds and give you that caffeine kick you need for an afternoon pick-me-up or an after-dinner treat. Trust me when I say, once you try this recipe, you won’t be able to go back to plain old frosting.

So whether you’re a coffee lover or just looking to switch up your baking game, this Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe is one worth trying. The best part? It only takes a few minutes to whip up and can be stored for future use. Get ready to add some rich coffee goodness to your next batch of baked goods!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting
Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting

If you are a coffee lover, then look no further! This Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is a must-try for anyone who wants to add a touch of coffee flavor to their baked goods. With this incredible recipe, you’ll not only have coffee cream cheese frosting but also the perfect consistency to spread on all kinds of cakes and cupcakes.

The combination of cream cheese and hot water mixed with instant coffee powder creates an irresistible aroma that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Moreover, powdered sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the flavors perfectly.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to prepare and requires only a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. You won’t find any complicated instructions or obscure ingredients here, just simple and straightforward steps that will deliver fantastic results every time.

Whether you’re making a classic coffee cake, chocolate cupcakes with coffee frosting, or anything in between, this recipe will take your baked goods to the next level. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this frosting is the perfect complement to any cake, making it truly versatile.

So why wait? Try out this recipe today and experience the best coffee cream cheese frosting you’ve ever tasted. Your friends and family will be raving about your baking skills, and you’ll be left wondering why you haven’t tried it sooner.

Ingredient List

“Top your cake with a creamy coffee twist”

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon hot water

This recipe is pretty straightforward and easy to make. You only need a few basic ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen pantry. The main ingredient, of course, is cream cheese. Make sure that it’s softened so that it can blend smoothly with the other ingredients.

Other recipes may use variations like espresso cream cheese or adding water or milk instead of instant coffee. But for our Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, we’ll be using instant coffee.

As for the unsalted butter, it gives a smooth and soft texture to the frosting without the saltiness of regular butter. Using unsalted butter will also give you more control over the overall flavor of the frosting.

The powdered sugar is the sweetener and is responsible for giving the frosting its smooth and creamy consistency. Don’t forget to sift it before adding it to avoid lumps.

To add a subtle coffee taste and aroma to your frosting, you need instant coffee – either regular or decaf would do – and a tablespoon of hot water to dissolve it in.

Lastly, vanilla extract helps balance out the flavors of all the ingredients together. It gives a warm, floral, and sweet taste to the frosting without being too overpowering.

Note: This recipe makes enough for an 8-inch cake or about 12 cupcakes. If you are making a bigger batch, adjust the amounts accordingly.

The Recipe How-To

“Lusciously frosted coffee goodness”

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to get down to business and whip up the Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting!

1. Combine instant coffee and hot water

In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of instant coffee with 1 tablespoon of hot water. Stir until the coffee dissolves completely.

2. Beat cream cheese and butter

On medium-high speed, beat together 2 packages of cream cheese softened, 1 cup unsalted butter softened, until light and fluffy. This should take roughly 4 minutes.

3. Add espresso cream mixture

Add the dissolved instant coffee mixture (step #1) to the bowl containing the cream cheese and butter mixture (step #2). Continue to beat on medium-high speed until combined.

4. Gradually add powdered sugar

Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well after each addition. Scrape sides of bowl between each addition.

Note: Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less powdered sugar than suggested.

5. Mix in vanilla extract

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to the frosting mixture and mix for another minute, scraping down sides down again..

6. Adjust consistency (optional)

The frosting will be on the soft side but you can adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more powdered sugar for a firmer consistency or adding more cream cheese for thinner consistency.

And voila! Your deliciously creamy Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting is ready for spreading on top of cupcakes or layering on top of cakes. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

“Taking your baked goods to a new level”

Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting is a crowd-favorite for its sweet and tangy flavor with a hint of coffee. This frosting recipe is flexible, allowing you to customize with flavors and ingredients. Here are some substitutions and variations to try based on your preference:

– Swap powdered sugar with icing sugar or confectioners’ sugar for a smoother consistency.

– Use decaf instant coffee instead of regular instant coffee for a caffeine-free frosting that still has the same rich flavor.

– Experiment with different flavors such as mocha by mixing in dark chocolate or try banana bread frosting by using mashed ripe bananas in place of a portion of cream cheese.

– If you’re looking for denser frosting, swap some of the cream cheese with unsalted butter – this will result in a creamy buttercream frosting that’s perfect for piping and decorating cakes, cupcakes, or pastries.

– Add texture and crunchiness to your frosting by incorporating finely chopped walnuts or pecans into the mixture

– You can substitute hot water with milk or heavy cream to make the frosting even creamier.

Remember, there’s no limit to the creativity when it comes to making Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting. You can always experiment with different flavors, toppings and modify the recipe according to your palate’s preference. The only rule is that it should taste good!

Serving and Pairing

“A coffee lover’s dream come true”

Now that your coffee cream cheese frosting is ready, let’s talk about how to enjoy it to the fullest.

This decadent frosting pairs beautifully with a wide range of cakes and cupcakes. Its smooth texture, rich coffee flavor, and sweet taste make it a perfect match for coffee cakes, dark chocolate cupcakes, banana bread, carrot cake, and mocha cake. It’s even great on its own by dipping graham crackers or fruit slices into it!

For a more elaborate presentation, consider decorating your cake with some chopped nuts or drizzling some hot fudge or caramel sauce over the frosting. You can also sprinkle some cocoa powder on top of the frosting for an extra dose of chocolatey goodness.

For a fancy brunch or afternoon tea party, serve coffee cream cheese frosting as a dip with fresh berries or bite-sized cookies. Your guests will be amazed by the taste and presentation!

If you’re looking for the ultimate coffee experience, Dalgona coffee is your perfect match. This whipped coffee drink originated in South Korea and has taken over the world by storm due to its stunning appearance and rich flavor. To prepare dalgona coffee, mix 2 tsp instant coffee, 2 tsp sugar, and 2 tbsp hot water until light and fluffy. Pour the mixture over iced milk and top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and some grated chocolate. Enjoy while indulging in a slice of delicious cake with coffee cream cheese frosting.

No matter how you choose to serve it or pair it, this coffee cream cheese frosting recipe is sure to blow your mind with its sensational taste!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“The perfect addition to any dessert”

Ah, the eternal question: to make ahead or not to make ahead? As someone who prides themselves on their ability to plan ahead, I have great news for you – this coffee cream cheese frosting recipe can be made ahead of time!

If you’re planning on making this frosting more than a few hours in advance, I recommend storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to use it, let it come to room temperature before giving it a quick whisk to smooth out any lumps.

Speaking of storage, if you find yourself with leftover frosting (which is highly unlikely, but hey, stranger things have happened), you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to five days. Just be sure to give it a good stir before using it again.

And what about reheating? Honestly, I don’t recommend reheating this frosting. The texture might become grainy or the ingredients may separate. But trust me – this frosting is so delicious that it won’t last long enough for reheating to even be an issue.

In conclusion, with proper storage techniques and a little bit of planning, you can easily make this coffee cream cheese frosting recipe ahead of time and enjoy its creamy goodness whenever your heart desires.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Get ready for a heavenly caffeine kick”

Before you begin making the Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting, it’s essential to understand some of the tips that can help you achieve the perfect result.

Firstly, ensure your cream cheese and unsalted butter are at room temperature. This ensures that they combine more fluidly, which makes it easier to mix them evenly. If they are too cold or too soft, the frosting may end up lumpy or runny.

Next, do not rush the mixing process of the cream cheese and butter. You want them to be together smoothly before adding powdered sugar and other ingredients. Use an electric mixer on low to avoid overmixing as this can lead to an oily-looking frosting.

When adding powdered sugar to your frosting, sift it beforehand to avoid any clumps in the mixture. Also, if you’re looking for a thick frosting consistency, use more powdered sugar.

For best results with your instant coffee, add 1 tablespoon of hot water per teaspoon of espresso powder needed. This helps dilute the coffee granules and avoids any bitter taste while providing a rich coffee flavor.

Bear in mind that if your frosting is too thick, add some hot water in small increments until you reach your desired consistency. Too much water can render your frosting unusable.

Lastly, always use fresh ingredients for the frosting recipe. The taste and texture can be profoundly affected by using stale items like cream cheese or spoiled milk. Always double-check the expiration date and quality of ingredients you use.

By following these tips, you are well on your way to creating smooth and delicious Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting for your cakes, cupcakes, and pastries!


Now that you have all the information regarding the coffee cream cheese frosting recipe, you might still have some questions in mind. Fear not, because we have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions to help you out. Whether it’s about substitutions or storing, read on to find the answers you’re looking for.

Is there a difference between cream cheese icing and cream cheese frosting?

When it comes to cake decorating, there are two main types of toppings: frosting and icing. Frosting is a dense and airy mixture that covers the entire surface of the cake, including the layers. Icing, on the other hand, is a runny and shiny mixture that can be used as a glaze or for intricate decoration.

How do you stiffen cream cheese frosting?

If you’re looking to make your cream cheese frosting thicker without adding more powdered sugar, simply placing it in the refrigerator will do the trick. Cooling down the fats from the cream cheese and butter will cause the consistency to change and become much thicker. It’s an easy solution to achieve that perfect consistency for your frosting.

Can you add coffee to canned frosting?

To give your Pillsbury™ Cake or Brownie Mix an extra kick, try adding some coffee to the frosting! First, create a well in the center of the frosting and pour in some dissolved coffee. Then, gradually stir the coffee into the frosting until it’s thoroughly mixed. Once your frosting is ready, go ahead and use it to top your favorite cake or brownie mix. Delicious!

Bottom Line

Now that you’ve read my recipe tutorial for Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting, I hope you feel confident and excited to try it out for yourself! With its rich and indulgent flavors, this frosting is perfect for a variety of cakes and cupcakes, such as coffee cakes, chocolate cakes, walnut cakes, and more.

But the benefits of this frosting recipe extend beyond taste. With only a handful of simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, making this Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting is a breeze. Plus, you can customize the recipe to your liking by adjusting the amount of sugar or instant coffee.

So why not give it a try? You might just discover your new favorite frosting (and impress your friends and family in the process). And with these tips and substitutions at your disposal, you can enjoy delicious coffee cream cheese frosting on your favorite treats any time you like.

Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting

Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This will go well with my posted recipe for Coffee Carrot Cake or one of your favorite cakes. A pretty frosting that has a creamy texture.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1452.6 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer set on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until well blended.
  • Beat in the coffee mixture until well blended.
  • Makes about 2 cups of frosting or enough to frost one 13x9 inch cake.

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Serving: 785gCalories: 1452.6kcalCarbohydrates: 273.1gProtein: 8.9gFat: 39.8gSaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 124.7mgSodium: 339.5mgSugar: 264.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Inexpensive, Low Protein
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