Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream ~ The best Red Velvet Frosting recipe! Our popular Cream Cheese Buttercream with just the right amount of rich cocoa and natural red food color for spot-on color and flavor of classic Red Velvet Cake. It pipes beautifully, the texture is like mousse and it tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake!Simply the BEST! Our Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream is full of flavor, made with the finest all-natural ingredients and is light and fluffy. Just the right amount of rich cocoa is added to our Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream, along with natural red food coloring, to create the spot-on color and flavor profile of classic Red Velvet Cake. It pipes beautifully, the texture is like mousse and it tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake! Everyone will love this recipe. Perfect for Christmas and Valentine’s Day!

A Special Buttercream for the Holidays:
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream

My friends, The Buttercream Series continues here at Wicked Good Kitchen! Today, I am happy to finally share my recipe for Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream. I am telling you, this buttercream rocks.

The beauty of our Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe is that there is no need to add buttermilk, sour cream or vinegar to create a subtle tart flavor to match the classic Red Velvet Cake flavor profile as the cream cheese contributes just the right amount of tang.

As with my other cream cheese buttercream recipes, this special Red Velvet Cake inspired buttercream is a variation of my recipe for Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream—a veritable blank canvas for me when creating new cream cheese buttercream recipes. This special recipe for frosting pairs beautifully with a special chocolate cake that I had hoped to squeeze in before Christmas. But, no worries. That incredible chocolate cake is scheduled to be posted soon for Valentine’s Day. I promise.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream ~ The best Red Velvet Frosting recipe! Our popular Cream Cheese Buttercream with just the right amount of rich cocoa and natural red food color for spot-on color and flavor of classic Red Velvet Cake. It pipes beautifully, the texture is like mousse and it tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake!

In the meantime, our Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream would be the perfect frosting for our White Velvet Layer Cake, white chocolate cake, pink or red velvet cakes, or your favorite chocolate or yellow layer cakes and cupcakes.

If you are in need of a special buttercream to frost or fill cookies for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, this one will fit the bill and then some. It is rich and creamy and everything you would expect it to be without overwhelming or overpowering the flavor of your sugar cookies, chocolate cookies or red velvet cookies and will only complement them. In fact, I can’t wait to use our Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream to frost fudge brownies or Red Velvet Brownies! The ideas for its applications in dessert making are endless.

For this buttercream, just like my recipes for Pink Champagne Buttercream and Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream, I call for all-natural, plant-based food coloring made by CHEFMASTER®. You will be amazed at the performance of this organic red food coloring made with glycerine, lycopene (from tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables), water and red cabbage color. Plus, this incredible gel based, 100% natural and organic food coloring does not impact the flavor of the buttercream negatively, or water it down causing buttercreams to break, like artificial red food coloring often does.

CHEFMASTER® Natural Food Color - Red

CHEFMASTER® Natural and Organic Gel Based Food Color – Red

As mentioned above, for food color used in baking and buttercream making, I highly recommend CHEFMASTER® 100% natural and organic gel based food colorings and purchase mine from The Baker’s Kitchen online. Kosher certified powdered food coloring is also a very good option.

My friends, you are going to love this Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream with its pleasing silky-rich yet light and fluffy mousse-like texture and flavor profile that tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake!

Seriously, once again, I could not stop tasting it straight from the spoon. For my version, I used my favorite corn-free (cornstarch free) and vegan powdered sugar, 365 Everyday Value brand Organic Powdered Sugar by Whole Foods Market shown below.

Organic Powdered Sugar 365 Everyday Value by Whole Foods Market

Organic Powdered Sugar, 365 Everyday Value® brand by Whole Foods Market®.

For my friends that do not have a Whole Foods Market nearby, I highly recommend Wholesome Sweeteners for corn-free powdered sugar that can be found online in their store at Amazon.com.

As I have shared previously, this exceptional buttercream base is rich and buttery, melts on the tongue and is truly divine. Now, with the addition of Italian Pernigotti unsweetened cocoa (my favorite cocoa in the world!), our Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream becomes truly extraordinary. Red Velvet Cake lovers and cheesecake lovers, rejoice!

What about consistency? As is, the recipe is ready for frosting and piping cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes and cheesecakes (Red Velvet Cheesecake!) or even doughnuts and other baked sweet treats. However, you can lighten it up even further by whipping in a few tablespoons of heavy cream to create an even lighter mousse-like filling. Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other holiday baked treats have never had it so good!

What makes our Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream wicked good?

This exceptional cream cheese buttercream literally melts on the tongue. It is buttery-rich, creamy with Red Velvet Cake flavor, silky-smooth and light and fluffy like mousse. A slight tang from the cream cheese balances the sweetness of the cocoa powder and sugar so as not to be overly sweet. This cream cheese buttercream tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake! Due to the adequate amount of fat from the butter, this special buttercream pipes beautifully.

Our Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream is versatile and pairs extremely well with white cakes, yellow cakes and chocolate cakes alike as well as cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cheesecakes and other sweet treats like baked doughnuts. Stir in some chopped chocolate or mini semisweet chocolate chips for Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Buttercream to frost chocolate treats. Quite simply the best Red Velvet Buttercream Frosting! Truly, wicked good.

For Christmas and Valentine’s Day, you really must treat yourself to a batch of our Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream to frost your favorite holiday baked sweets. You, your loved ones and guests will love it! I promise.

Bon appétit and happy holidays!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

 

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream ~ The best Red Velvet Frosting recipe! Our popular Cream Cheese Buttercream with just the right amount of rich cocoa and natural red food color for spot-on color and flavor of classic Red Velvet Cake. It pipes beautifully, the texture is like mousse and it tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream ~ The best Red Velvet Frosting recipe! Our popular Cream Cheese Buttercream with just the right amount of rich cocoa and natural red food color for spot-on color and flavor of classic Red Velvet Cake. It pipes beautifully, the texture is like mousse and it tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream ~ The best Red Velvet Frosting recipe! Our popular Cream Cheese Buttercream with just the right amount of rich cocoa and natural red food color for spot-on color and flavor of classic Red Velvet Cake. It pipes beautifully, the texture is like mousse and it tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream ~ The best Red Velvet Frosting recipe! Our popular Cream Cheese Buttercream with just the right amount of rich cocoa and natural red food color for spot-on color and flavor of classic Red Velvet Cake. It pipes beautifully, the texture is like mousse and it tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake!

 

 

 

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream

Yield: Makes over 4½ cups; enough to fill and frost two 9-inch layer cakes or three 8-inch layer cakes.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream

Simply the BEST! Our Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream is full of flavor, made with the finest all-natural ingredients and is light and fluffy. Just the right amount of rich cocoa is added to our Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream, along with natural red food coloring, to create the spot-on color and flavor profile of classic Red Velvet Cake. It pipes beautifully, the texture is like mousse and it tastes just like Red Velvet Cheesecake! Everyone will love this recipe. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks/226 grams) unsalted butter, softened (or 1 stick salted & 1 stick unsalted)
  • 1 (8-ounce/226 grams) package cream cheese, such as Philadelphia®, chilled from the fridge
  • 2½ teaspoons (12.5 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) gel base red food coloring, kosher or natural, such as ChefMaster®
  • 4½ cups (540 grams) confectioners’ sugar, spooned in cup, leveled off & sifted
  • ¼ cup (28 grams) fine-quality unsweetened cocoa, such as Pernigotti, available at Williams-Sonoma, spooned in cup, leveled off & sifted

Directions

Using an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or handheld mixer and large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Add cream cheese; beat until fully incorporated. Add vanilla and food coloring and mix until well blended. Gradually increase mixer speed to high and continue beating until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula.

In a large bowl, whisk together sifted confectioners’ sugar and cocoa. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and cocoa mixture, beating on low speed (stir), until well combined. Beat on high speed until well combined and smooth while scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, about 2 minutes.

Before filling, frosting, icing and piping cakes, rebeat buttercream to ensure smoothness.

Recipe Notes

Tips:

If not using immediately, the buttercream can be refrigerated for up to 2 to 3 days in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temperature before beating smooth again.

If using the buttercream to pipe details, be sure to use chilled hands when handling pastry bag as warm hands can melt the buttercream.

To lighten up the texture of this buttercream even further, whip in a few tablespoons of heavy whipping cream to create an even lighter mousse-like cream cheese buttercream filling.

Variation:

Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Buttercream: Stir in desired amount of finely chopped chocolate (bittersweet or semisweet) or mini semisweet chocolate chips.

Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. You are so right, this is the perfect buttercream for Valentine’s Day and I must order some of that natural food coloring. Thanks for the tip! 🙂
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    • Thank you, Laura! My pleasure. You will love working with CHEFMASTER® natural, organic and gel based food coloring. Thanks for stopping by, my friend, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. Demetrios says:

    Hello Stacy!!
    I have been enjoying your baking blog with all the wonderful recipes posted. But the bowl set you have featured on your Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting page – where did you get the set from? Love them!! If you could provide a web address or what not…would appreciate. Thank you either way and please keep doing what you do. Have a great day!

    D

    • Hi there, Demetrios! Thank you for your interest in Wicked Good Kitchen and my recipes. I greatly appreciate your readership and support. 🙂 To answer your question about the retro 3-piece bowl set, I bought them over 12 years ago now in New York and they were made by Rosanna, Inc. I love this bowl set, too, and they have a permanent place on display in my kitchen. I hope that Rosanna will reprise the design for her collections so you can have a set as well. Perhaps you can contact her and start a campaign. Thanks again for writing and have a fabulous weekend!

      • Demetrios says:

        Thank you so much Stacy! Really appreciate that. Oh yes…defintiely enjoying the posts. I’ll be using the white chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe for my birthday cake I’m making for myself next month.

        I’ll check out Rosanna’s site and see what I can learn/find. Appreciate it!!

        You have a wonderful week and weekend! Best always!!

        D

        • Thank you, D! My pleasure. You will love the White Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting recipe. It’s my new favorite. Let me know what you think and what type of cake you bake to celebrate your upcoming birthday. Happy birthday (early)! 🙂 Meanwhile, good luck in your search for the retro 3-piece bowl set by Rosanna. She creates fabulous kitchenware designs for serving and tabletop. Thank you, my friend. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend, too!

  3. Dalila G. says:

    Goodness Stacy, how delicious and creamy is this buttercream!!! 😍
    Just letting you know that my “healthy-eating” is out the window! LOL!!
    The color is awesome, red, red, red…..fabulous! 😊
    I’m making my list of yummies to make using this red cream cheese buttercream.
    Cookies, cakes, more cookies & more cakes!!
    Or maybe, just maybe, cream cheese buttercream by itself!
    I like the idea of adding mini chocolate chips to it for a little change.
    As always, great job Stacy!! 👌
    Thank you for sharing this recipe, you rock! 🌹

    • Thank you, sweet Dalila! Your comments always make my day. 🙂 Girl, you will love this recipe for Red Velvet Cream Cheese Buttercream. Definitely let me know what you make with it and what you think. Thanks for stopping by and for making me smile. Have a fabulous week ahead!

  4. What a perfect frosting for Valentine’s Day. Definitely bookmarking this for the near future (:
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  5. Tiffany says:

    Hi! This looks like an awesome recipe. Thank you for sharing. I do have a question, where did you get your bowls? They are adorable!! Thank you very much,
    Tiffany

    • Hi there, Tiffany! Thank you for your interest in Wicked Good Kitchen and my recipes. I greatly appreciate your readership and support. 🙂 To answer your question about the retro 3-piece bowl set, I bought them over 12 years ago now in New York and they were made by Rosanna, Inc. I love this bowl set, too, and they have a permanent place on display in my kitchen. I hope that Rosanna will reprise the design for her collections so you can have a set as well. Perhaps you can contact her and start a campaign. Thanks again for writing and have a fabulous weekend!

  6. Hi I plan on using this buttercream this week . I just wanted to know if it works well under fondant. Thanks for sharing. 🤗

    • Hi there, Mai! My pleasure. Thank you for writing with such a great question. Buttercream frostings made with cream cheese (due to the moisture content) can break down fondant. If you are set on using a cream cheese buttercream with fondant, try this one here on the blog: Best Ever Decorator’s Cream Cheese Buttercream as it is made with plenty of sugar and is a crusting buttercream. If you want to make it Red Velvet-style, add in some cocoa powder to taste and paste red food coloring. Do not add any liquid (like liquid food coloring) or it will not work with fondant. Thanks again for writing, Mai. I hope that I have answered your question thoroughly and completely. Meanwhile, happy baking and buttercream making!

  7. If I used this between layers of a cake and refrigerated it after crumbcoating, do you think it would hold up well enough for carving or do you think the layers would slip around?

    • Hi there, Carrie! Thank you for writing with such a great question. I wish that I could answer this question based on experience, but I simply haven’t used this buttercream to create a carved cake. My recommendation is for you to do a trial run to get a good feel for working with this buttercream for carved cakes. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Meanwhile, happy cake baking and buttercream making! 🙂

  8. Karen Scruggs says:

    The bowl set is called Oh So Good, Rosanna Inc. I contacted them and they have no plans to reissue!
    Came out in 2004. Really cute set and would have purchased one… oh well, we tried.

    • Hi there, Karen! Thank you for your comment and for sharing updated information on this fabulous retro bowl set by Rosanna, Inc. However, I am so sorry that her company has no plans to reissue this set! So disappointing for my readers and pinners at Pinterest who love it. Perhaps saving the search terms, Oh So Good, retro bowl set and Rosanna, Inc., over at eBay or Etsy will help. Wishing you the best of luck in finding a set for yourself, Karen. 🙂 Thanks again for writing and happy baking!

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