Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting

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Healthy cream cheese frosting that’s made with Greek yogurt and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. No butter or powdered sugar needed! It’s creamy, fluffy and delicious served on carrot cake, cinnamon rolls or your favorite flavor of cupcakes or cake.

The third and final frosting recipe for you this week! I honestly don’t make cream cheese frosting that much but that’s probably because I didn’t realize how easy it was! I love the flavor and find it to be so versatile.

An overhead photo of a bowl of freshly made cream cheese frosting.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Everyone needs a classic cream cheese frosting recipe in their back pocket!
  • It’s a healthier version of the traditional recipe – no powdered sugar or butter needed!
  • This recipe is made with just four simple ingredients.
  • It’s light and creamy and perfect for topping a variety of cupcakes, cakes and even cookies.

Upgraded Cream Cheese Frosting

Traditional cream cheese frosting is typically made with a full stick of butter and 2-4 cups of powdered sugar, but in true EBF fashion I decided to make an upgraded version. I swapped the powdered sugar with maple syrup and added Greek yogurt for a little boost of protein! Trust me, this version is just as delicious, if not better than the traditional recipe and it’s made with better-for-you-ingredients.

Ingredients measured out to make healthy cream cheese frosting: maple syrup, cream cheese, greek yogurt and vanilla.

Here’s What You Need

  • cream cheese – make sure you’re using a block and not spread of full fat cream cheese that has been softened to room temperature.
  • Greek yogurt – again, I recommend using full fat yogurt. I used plain yogurt but you could try different flavors if you’d like! Greek yogurt is thick and creamy and the perfect yogurt option for this recipe. I don’t recommend using a different type of yogurt, as it might thin the frosting out too much.
  • maple syrup – classic cream cheese frosting typically calls for powdered sugar, but I’m using maple syrup to sweeten this frosting. I love the flavor it adds but if you’d like to swap for a different liquid natural sweetener, I’m sure that would work as well.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer that brings all of the flavors together in this frosting.
Side by side images of the ingredients to make cream cheese frosting in a bowl (greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, cream cheese) before and after being whipped with beaters.

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Before you start making your frosting, make sure your cream cheese has been softened to room temperature. It will take about an hour for your cream cheese to soften fully to room temp on the counter. Alternatively, you can soften your cream cheese in the microwave on a plate for about 20-30 seconds. Just make sure to unwrap the cream cheese from the foil before placing in the microwave and don’t heat too long otherwise your cream cheese could turn out runny!

Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to whip the ingredients together on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed to make sure everything is fully combined. You can also use a stand mixer for this if you have one!

tip!
Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature otherwise the frosting will turn out lumpy and not as smooth after beating it. 
A close up photo of a cake sitting on a cake stand. The cake is iced in white frosting and topped with rainbow sprinkles.

Tips For Frosting

You can frost this in a variety of different ways! I usually just use a knife or spatula to spread the frosting on cake or cupcakes but you could also pipe it! Scoop the frosting into a piping bag or a plastic baggie. Cut the corner of the baggie and pipe out the frosting on your treats.

How to Use Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe makes enough to frost 18 cupcakes or an 8-9 inch cake. Here are some recipes that would be delicious with this cream cheese frosting:

An overhead shot of a bowl of cream cheese frosting. A heaping spoonful is being held overtop of the bowl.

How to Store Leftovers

If you don’t use all of this frosting right away, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to use, bring it to room temperature and then re-whip with a handheld mixer or stand mixer before using.

More Frosting Recipes

Be sure to check out all of the dessert recipes here on EBF!

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4.34 from 129 votes

Cream Cheese Frosting

A healthy cream cheese frosting that's made with Greek yogurt and maple syrup. No butter or powdered sugar needed! It's creamy, fluffy and delicious served on carrot cake, cinnamon rolls or your favorite flavor of cupcakes or cake.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients  

  • 8 oz cream cheese (full fat), softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, I used plain full fat
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
    A glass mixing bowl with ingredients for cream cheese frosting: cream cheese, greek yogurt, vanilla extract and maple syrup.
  • Using a hand mixer on medium speed whip all the ingredients together until smooth and fluffy (about 5 minutes), scraping down the sides as needed. If your frosting is turning out runny, just keep whipping it and it should turn out thick and fluffy. Alternatively, you can use a stand mixer.
    A glass mixing bowl with ingredients for cream cheese frosting that have been whipped together. Two mixers from a handheld mixer are resting inside the bowl.
  • Use frosting on desired recipe and enjoy. This recipe will yield enough to frost 18 cupcakes or a 8-9 inch cake.

Notes

  • Maple syrup: Feel free to use your favorite liquid sweetener.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is at room temp, otherwise it’ll turn lumpy and not as smooth after beating it.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese frosting
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66 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Really good and easy! Ours turned out thick and creamy. I mixed for 4-5 mins as you said. We used Trader Joe’s ingredients and Stonyfield Greek Yogurt. I love that we were able to keep our Easter cake refined sugar free.

    1. YUM! Sounds absolutely amazing, Sarah. Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

      1. Hi Jennifer – I haven’t tested a dairy free version for this recipe, but I know Kite Hill has a Greek yogurt and their cream cheese is pretty creamy so those two might work together. I can’t say for sure though because I haven’t tested it. Let me know if you give it a try and how it turns out for you.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is FANTASTIC. Super easy to follow and tastes so good. Happy to have finally found a delicious cream cheese icing without powdered sugar!!

    1. Ah yay! This is amazing, Elizabeth. I am so glad you found this recipe and are loving it. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi, love the recipe and looking to use it for a double batch of your Healthy Birthday Cake.
    I did the cake as a 9×13 – will this recipe make enough to ice the top only or do you think it will be enough to cover all the sides, too?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi – Depending on how thick you put your frosting on, it should be enough to cover the top and the sides as well! Enjoy!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! Agree it’s possibly even better than “regular” cream cheese frosting! One question, do you think it would freeze OK?

    1. Ah yay! I am so glad you are loving this frosting, Emma. Yes, you could freeze it in an airtight container. When ready to use, defrost in the fridge for 24 hours. Thank you for your review & star rating, I appreciate it!

    1. Hi Amy – The frosting does hold up well, but I would recommend making the frosting, storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to use, bring it to room temperature and then re-whip with a handheld mixer or stand mixer before using. Hope this helps and you enjoy this frosting!

  5. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe with a strawberry cake! I’m wondering if there’s a way to make it a chocolate frosting to pair with a chocolate cake? Add some unsweetened cocoa powder?

  6. This sounds delicious!
    May I ask if I don’t want to put maple syrup or other liquid sweeteners can I just skip it altogether? Won’t the vanilla give it a nice enough touch?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Maria – It will change the level of sweetness but, but you can totally leave it out and then add a sweetener if you feel it’s needed. Hope you enjoy!

      1. Wanted to find out how long will the frosting hold up once put onto the cake? I want to use the frosting for a birthday cake. It is at a park so will be away from a fridge for few hours till we cut the cake. If I make it the day before and store it in the fridge, do I have to rewhip it before frosting the cake?

        1. Hi Wajeeda – Yes, you can make it ahead of time, but you will want to re-whip the frosting quick before heading to the park and frosting the cake. Hope you enjoy and have a great time!

  7. 5 stars
    Doubled the recipe to use with your healthy birthday cake. Pureed some strawberries and blended into it because my 4 year old niece wanted PINK icing. So delicious and creamy and spreadable. No one should ever eat crappy ingredient icing again!

    1. Amazing! SO glad you found this recipe and it turned out amazing for you, Krista. Thanks so much for your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

  8. How long would you say this can stay out? Frosting your healthy cake recipe with it and taking it on a 2 hour drive. I wanna make sure it remains safe for my 2 year old.

    1. Hi Lely – Are you planning on frosting the cake before or after you arrive? Because it is cream cheese, you don’t want it sitting out for too long. If you are going to frost the cake before, I would keep the cake in a cooler on the way and then leave the cake out once you get there. If you are frosting the cake when you arrive, I would travel with the frosting in a cooler and frost when you arrive. I hope you all enjoy this cake and it is a hit!

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