Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Perfectly creamy without being overly sweet, this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting is perfect for all of your fall baking needs!

    pumpkin cream cheese frosting swirled into a glass jar

    I’ve decided that my favorite frosting ever is cream cheese. So it was no surprise when I decided to transform my savory pumpkin cream cheese into frosting form to use on my Pumpkin Spice Roll.

    Cream Cheese Frosting vs. Buttercream Frosting

    The key difference between the two is, you guessed it, cream cheese. Buttercream is what you are probably most familiar with. It has a base of butter (and sometimes shortening) and powdered sugar, and that’s what gives it it’s firm consistency.

    pumpkin cream cheese frosting on a mixer paddle

    However, when it comes to cream cheese frostings , the cream cheese because the stabilizer. Or sometimes like in this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting recipe, it uses a combination of both butter and cream cheese.

    How to Make Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

    If you’ve ever made frosting (whether buttercream or cream cheese) this recipe will be a no brainer for you. It’s as simple as combining the ingredients, but I do have a few tips to help you out.

    cream cheese frosting in a mixing bowl
    • Make sure that your butter is well softened! You definitely don’t want it melted, but you want it soft enough to be fully incorporated into the rest of the ingredients. No one wants big chunks of butter in their frosting! I like to let mine get to room temperature rather than microwaving (you don’t want to accidentally melt it!) but because that takes longer, you can certainly just soften in the microwave if you’re in a rush.
    • Make sure that your pumpkin cream cheese is softened as well, for the same reasons as above.
    • Make sure to refrigerate for at least an hour after making. Frosting pipes (or spreads) much better when it has a stiffer consistency.
    • After you’ve frosted or filled your cake with this pumpkin cream cheese frosting, make sure to store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it. Because cream cheese is a dairy product, it needs to stay refrigerated.


    Anything that you’d use regular frosting or cream cheese frosting on, can be substituted for pumpkin cream cheese frosting.

    overhead of cream cheese frosting

    Cakes, cupcakes, breads, cookies, pies… eating it straight out of the bowl with a spoon. We won’t judge!

    Here are some ideas on what to use it on:

    pumpkin cake roll with cream cheese frosting

    My favorite way to use this frosting is to put it into a piping bag with a pretty tip on it. It’s an easy way to make your desserts look way fancier then they actually are!

    angle of cream cheese frosting in a glass bowl

    If you don’t have the piping bags or an icing tip, you can simply cut the corner off of a ziplock bag and achieve the same end result. There are so many fun ways to frost a cake!

    If you’re adding your pumpkin cream cheese frosting to a cake roll, an angled spatula or even a rubber spatula would work well, too.

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    More fall desserts:

    Homemade Pumpkin Butter
    saucepan of homemade pumpkin butter
    Pumpkin Butter is an easy spread that can be used on everything from pancakes to dinner rolls and everything between! Make extra to give as presents, hostess gifts or party favors during the fall months.
    Classic Caramel Apples
    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! #caramelapples www.savoryexperiments.com
    Classic Caramel Apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for fall parties or a Halloween treat!
    Pumpkin Cheesecake
    This easy Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe features a gingersnap crust topped, salty pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin spiced whipped cream. Simple and delicious! #pumpkincheescake #cheesecake #gingersnaps www.savoryexperiments.com
    Traditional pumpkin cheesecake topped with salty pumpkin seeds and pumpkin spiced whipped cream.
    close up of cream cheese frosting

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    5 from 7 votes

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

    Perfectly creamy without being overly sweet, this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting is perfect for all of your fall baking needs!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cream cheese frosting, pumpkin cream cheese frosting
    Servings: 3 cups
    Calories: 1086kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Beat butter and cream cheese well until fully incorporated and smooth.
    • Add vanilla, salt and powdered sugar, blending until smooth and fluffy.
      how to make cream cheese frosting
    • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to use. It needs to set up again before being a good frosting consistency.
    • Store any baked goods using cream cheese frosting in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!


    This recipe will frost a 9×13 cake, two layer 8-inch round cake or 24 cupcakes. 


    Calories: 1086kcal | Carbohydrates: 163g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 104mg | Sugar: 159g | Vitamin A: 1715IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
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