Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting is so luscious with the perfect amount of raspberry flavor. This homemade frosting is delightful on cupcakes or cakes.

 Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting on cupcakes.
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This raspberry frosting is very easy with only 6 ingredients. It has the rich flavor of cream cheese frosting with lots of raspberry flavor. This homemade frosting is enough to fit into busy schedules. If you loved our Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting, you will love this with raspberries.

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What’s the difference between Cream Cheese Frosting and Buttercream Frosting?

Buttercream frosting consists of butter and powdered sugar. Whereas Cream Cheese frosting contains less butter as it is replaced partially with cream cheese.

Buttercream Frosting is sweeter than Cream Cheese frosting.

Ingredients

Ingredients for frosting- raspberries, lemon juice, cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla.
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Lemon Juice
  • Soften Cream Cheese 
  • Unsalted Butter softened
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract 

Find the complete ingredients for the cream cheese raspberry frosting recipe and instructions at the bottom of the post.

Variations to try

  • Frozen raspberries. It is fine to substitute frozen berries in this recipe. Just make sure to thaw the fruit completely and drain the liquid. If you do not do this, the frosting will be very runny.
  • Try different fruit flavors. Strawberry and blueberry taste great. The recipe is easy to follow and swapping out the types of fruit flavors.
  • Flavoring. Instead of the vanilla, try adding different extracts to the frosting. Some ideas include lemon, coconut or almond extract.

How to make Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Raspberries in saucepan with lemon juice.

Step 1. Place the raspberries and the lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir and allow to cook down. Mash the mixture. Strain to remove the seeds.

Cream cheese and butter in bowl being combined.

Step 2. Combine the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.  Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar. I used a stand mixer.

Mixing bowl with fruit mixture combined.

Step 3. Combine the fruit mixture. Mix until well combined and the desired consistency.

Frosting combined in a bowl.

Step 4. Allow to chill until ready to use. Pipe on cupcakes, cakes or anything you desire.

What goes with Raspberry Frosting

Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting on cupcakes.

Storage

Refrigerate the Raspberry Buttercream in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It contains dairy and has to be refrigerated.

Tips for Success

  • Consistency of frosting. If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If the frosting is too thick, add a small amount of milk until the frosting is the consistency that you prefer. 
  • Food Coloring. It is optional but you can add food coloring to the frosting for a deeper color. The raspberries give it such nice color though, so it is really not necessary.
  • Full Fat Cream Cheese. This frosting is best with full fat cream cheese. Also, do not buy whipped cream cheese. The block is best to make the frosting.
  • Fresh Fruit. While some recipes call for raspberry jam, this recipe calls for fresh fruit and we think it tastes better.
  • Room temperature ingredients. Soften the butter and cream cheese at room temperature. This will make it easier to combine the frosting ingredients. However, you don’t want it too soft, or the frosting will not be firm enough.
  • Strain the fruit. Make sure to pour the fruit puree through the strainer to remove the seeds. This will ensure the frosting is perfectly smooth.
  • Ripe berries. The frosting will be better if you use sweet ripe berries.
  • Don’t overmix the frosting. Whip the frosting ingredients until just combined and fluffy. Continuing to overmix the frosting will make the texture grainy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store baked goods with Cream Cheese frosting?

Cakes and Cupcakes with this Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting can sit at room temperature for up to 2 hours. After that, it needs to be stored in the fridge.

How do you make the frosting firmer?

You can add more powdered sugar to the frosting to thicken the texture. Another option is to try refrigerating it.

If your kitchen is warm, it might just need to be chilled for 20 to 30 minutes. This often does the trick and the frosting firms up.

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

4.80 from 5 votes
Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting is so luscious with the perfect amount of raspberry flavor. This homemade frosting is delightful on cupcakes or cakes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 223

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fresh Raspberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
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Instructions

  • Place the raspberries and the lemon juice in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium high heat.  Mash the raspberries and simmer for approximately 10 minutes until the mixture cooks down.
  • Strain the mixture to remove the seeds and chill.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the powdered sugar slowly until combined (2-3 minutes).
  • Then add in approximately ¼ cup of the raspberry mixture and the vanilla extract.  Mix until well combined.
  • Chill until ready to use and then the frosting is ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar and if the frosting is too thick, add a small amount of milk until the frosting is the consistency that you prefer. 
Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 223kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 1g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 61mg, Potassium 43mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 31g, Vitamin A 375IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 22mg, Iron 0.1mg

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