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Yes, you can easily freeze cream cheese frosting for up to 3 months as long as it is in an airtight container or well sealed freezer bag. You can freeze both homemade or store-bought cream cheese frosting by itself or already spread on a baked good.
How to Freeze Cream Cheese Frosting
If you are making cream cheese frosting for your next carrot cake, red velvet cakes or as a dip for your next party you may wonder if you can make it ahead and freeze it for later.
By freezing your cream cheese frosting you can have some on hand and ready to go anytime or baking a cake, cupcakes for cookies. There are a few ways to freeze cream cheese frosting including in individual servings, as a big batch in an airtight container, or straight in the store-bought container.
Freezing cream cheese frosting in individual servings
If you choose to freeze an individual servings it works out great because you don't have to defrost a huge batch to use it. You can freeze just the amount you need for cake, or cupcakes and then just thaw that amount when you need it.
- After you make your cream cheese frosting it's best to freeze it as soon as possible so that it is super fresh one frozen.
- Do make sure that your frosting has thoroughly cooled before you get started.
- Section out the serving size you'll need and go ahead and place it into a freezer bag.
- If you would like to give your frosting a little extra protection, you can wrap it in plastic wrap first. This way you can put multiple individual servings in one freezer bag without them mixing.
- If you choose to wrap in plastic wrap first, simply cut a sheet of plastic wrap that is large enough to encase each serving of frosting.
- Then, place one sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. And plop your serving of frosting in the center of the plastic wrap.
- Next, securely wrap the plastic wrap around the blob of frosting. You can either wrap it around a few times or wrap it once and twist the ends of the plastic wrap.
- Once you have wrapped each of your servings of frosting in plastic wrap you can go ahead and place them in a freezer bag.
- before closing the freezer bag make sure that you have pressed as much air out of it as possible.
- Label the freezer bag with the date and then stick it in your freezer.
Freezing cream cheese frosting in a big batch
If you will be using a large volume of frosting at a later time, or you just want to freeze it super quickly you can freeze all of your cream cheese frosting in a big batch in an airtight freezer safe container.
- Just like if you're freezing the frosting in individual servings, make sure that you are freezing it is fresh as possible and that it is thoroughly cooled.
- Go ahead and take an airtight container and spoon your frosting into the container.
- You want to try to be sure that the frosting takes up almost the entire container so that there is not a lot of air left to create freezer burn or other quality issues.
- Place the top on the container and make sure that it is secure.
- Label the container with the date and then go ahead and place it into your freezer.
Freezing store-bought cream cheese frosting
Store-bought cream cheese frosting that has been on opened have a decent shelf life already. However, if you'd like to freeze it you can do so easily.
- To freeze unopened store-bought cream cheese frosting, simply label the date on the container and pop it straight into your freezer.
- If the store-bought cream cheese frosting has already been opened, you will want to follow the instructions for freezing it as individually wrapped or in big batch in an airtight container as outlined above.
How to Defrost Cream Cheese Frosting
The best way to defrost cream cheese frosting is in the refrigerator. To do this, simply remove it from the freezer and pop it into the fridge overnight.
The amount of time it takes to defrost will vary based on how much you froze together. But, as an example, I froze 1 cup of frosting in a freezer bag. It took about 10 hours to completely thaw.
Once your frosting is defrosted, if you put it in a freezer bag, it can be a little tricky to get out without creating a mess. Here is the best way to get it out of the bag:
- Lay the bag flat on the counter.
- Use the handle of your kitchen scissors or the handle of a butter knife and press all of the frosting down into one corner of the bottom of the bag.
- Take kitchen scissors and snip the corner off that bottom of the bag.
- Then, squeeze all of the frosting down and out through the hole in the bag.
How to Use Up Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream cheese frosting is popular on many different bakery goods. Here are a few ways to use up your cream cheese frosting:
- frosting for your carrot cake
- frosting for a red velvet cake or cupcakes
- As a dip for fruit or other snacks
- frosting for pumpkin cookies
Freezing Cream Cheese Frosting FAQ
Can you freeze a cake with cream cheese frosting?
Yes, you can freeze a cake with cream cheese frosting. It is best to freeze them separate when possible so that you can re-whip the frosting separately, however, freezing a prefosted cake is also safe. Freezing carrot cake is super easy and it tastes just as good when defrosted.
How long will cream cheese frosting last in the fridge?
Homemade cream cheese frosting only lasts about 3 to 5 days in the fridge. So, if you won't consume it before that time frame it is best to freeze it.
How long can cream cheese frosting stay in the freezer?
Cream cheese frosting can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months without any decrease in quality or taste. It can stay in the freezer for much longer and still be safe to eat but you will begin to see a decrease in quality, texture and taste.
Can you refreeze cream cheese frosting?
No, it is best to not refreeze cream cheese frosting. Once you have frozen and thawed one time it has already been through several temperature changes and is best not to put it through another round.
How to Freeze Cream Cheese Frosting
- airtight container
- marker or pen
- freezer bags
- plastic wrap
- Kitchen Scissors
- Cream Cheese Frosting homemade or store-bought
- If you want to place several portions together in one container or freezer bag, it is best to individually wrap them. You can use this method for homemade or store-bought cream cheese frosting.
- Decide what sized portions you will need when it is thawed and divide the frosting up into those sized amounts.
- Tear off a sheet of plastic wrap big enough to completely cover one portion and lay it flat on the counter
- Place your portion of frosting in the middle of the plastic wrap and secure it around the frosting so it is totally enclosed.You can twist each end of plastic wrap to help seal it off and hold it together.
- Repeat this for each portion.
- Place your wrapped portions of frosting into a freezer bag or airtight container.
- Seal it up by pressing any air out of the bag and zipping it closed. If you used a container, simply secure the lid on top of it.
- Write the date on it and toss it into the freezer.
In Freezer bag or Airtight Container
- This method can also be used for store-bought or homemade.
- Portion your frosting into the amounts you will need when it is thawed.
- Then, scoop it into a freezer bag or an airtight container.
- Put the lid on the container. Or, press all of the air from the bag and zip it shut.
- If using a freezer bag, then press the frosting flat so that bag is easy to store in the freezer.
- Use a marker and put the date on the bag or container and put it into the freezer.
In store-bought container
- This is the fastest way, but not best way to freeze your frosting.
- If the container is unopened you can toss it straight into the freezer.
- If the container is opened or you want it to have a little extra protection, stick it into a freezer bag then toss it into the freezer.