Cream Cheese Glaze is the perfect finishing touch to cakes, muffins, pound cakes and more. With only 5 ingredients, it is easy to make this rich and creamy glaze.

Cream Cheese Glaze  on red velvet bundt cake.
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This easy Cream Cheese Glaze is simple to make with staple ingredients. With so little ingredients, it is effortless to whip up for an assortment of desserts. It is sweet and delicious and looks great drizzled on treats.

If you love Cream Cheese Frosting, you will love this recipe for Homemade Cream Cheese Glaze. For more cream cheese flavor, try Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies.

What is Cream Cheese Glaze?

It is slightly different than icing. Glazes are thinner than frosting.

They are intended to drizzle over cakes and baked goods. Whereas frosting is piped or spread on cakes and such.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for glaze: powdered sugar, butter, milk, vanilla.
  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter (softened) 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Milk (as needed) 

Substitutions and Additions

  • Flavor the glaze. Some ideas include lemon zest or lemon juice, pumpkin spice, cinnamon or cocoa powder. I would start with 1 teaspoon and adjust accordingly to taste.
  • Color the glaze. Add a hint of color to the glaze by adding your favorite jam. You can also use food coloring to color the glaze in any color you choose.

How to make Cream Cheese Glaze:

Step 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter with a hand held or stand up mixer until smooth. 

Step 2. Mix together the vanilla bean extract and powdered sugar. Mix until combined. 

Step 3. Slowly add in the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is the consistency that you desire. 

Step 4. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use and enjoy! 

Tips and Tricks

  • Full Fat Cream Cheese. This recipe is best with the full fat variety in the brick style. Do not use the tubs of whipped cream cheese.
  • Softened Cream cheese. The ingredients will combine easier if the cream cheese is softened at room temperature.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract. Try to use the best quality ingredients you can. Pure vanilla extract is best. Also, clear will give the glaze the purest color.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store?

This glaze will store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Storing cream cheese glaze is very easy and it will still taste great.

If you find the glaze is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk at a time until desired consistency.

Why is my Cream Cheese Glaze runny?

This is often a result of poor-quality cream cheese that has a higher water content. Also, cream cheese in a tub can result in a runny consistency.

It is important to use brick style cream cheese to make this recipe. Full fat good quality cream cheese is best to make this recipe.

How to use:

  • Cinnamon Rolls. Try this cream cheese glaze recipe on your favorite cinnamon rolls. It is so rich and delicious.
  • Bundt Cake. Everyone will love this topping for bundt cake that not only taste great but looks so pretty.
  • Carrot Cake. The flavors of carrot cake and cream cheese glaze blend together perfectly.
  • Cookies. Skip the traditional frosting and use this glaze cream cheese to drizzle on the cookies.
  • Red Velvet Cake. It is perfect to use with red velvet and turns out fabulous. This glaze is absolutely delicious on red velvet cake or cupcakes.

Make this decadent cream cheese glaze for bundt cake today and leave a comment letting us know how it turned out.

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Cream Cheese Glaze

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Cream Cheese Glaze is the perfect finishing touch to cakes, muffins, pound cakes and more. With only 5 ingredients, it is easy to make this rich and creamy glaze.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 130

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter with a hand held or stand up mixer until smooth.
  • Add in the Vanilla Extract and powdered sugar.  Mix until combined.
  • Slowly add in the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is the consistency that you desire.
  • Stir in the refrigerator until ready to use and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This glaze will store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 130kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 1g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 24mg, Sodium 74mg, Potassium 22mg, Sugar 12g, Vitamin A 299IU, Calcium 16mg, Iron 0.02mg

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