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5 Minute Cream Cheese Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls

by Lorena

So I hear that you have a great cinnamon roll recipe but don’t have the perfect cream cheese frosting to go with it! Well, I gotchu! This cream cheese frosting for cinnamon rolls has the perfect texture and taste to top any flavour of cinnamon rolls you love.

How to make Cream Cheese Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls

The frosting for homemade cinnamon rolls is made really quickly. You’ve already spent a nice amount of time making cinnamon rolls, you don’t want to spend more time than necessary on the toppings. To make it you will just whisk together the ingredients until they become smooth. I like to add the cream little by little so that I don’t get any lumps in the final result.

Bowl with cream cheese frosting for cinnamon rolls, with two cinnamon rolls peaking into the photo.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Roll Frosting

For my cinnamon roll frosting recipe, you only need 4 ingredients. It’s a completely different recipe than the cream cheese frosting I would use for a carrot cake which is much firmer and has butter. In the case of cinnamon rolls, I don’t like using butter because it tends to melt down and the mouthfeel turns very fatty. By using only cream cheese and cream, the texture is really smooth and doesn’t melt as much if heated.

  • Cream cheese. This is of course the main ingredient. It adds thickness to the frosting and gives it its classic taste. I don’t like to use butter because it melts easily if the cinnamon roll is warm and then it just feels greasy when you bite into them.
  • Vanilla. To flavour the frosting, I use vanilla extract. You can also use vanilla bean paste or even vanilla essence if you prefer.
  • Icing sugar. Icing sugar or powdered sugar will sweeten the cream cheese frosting without adding any texture, which is ideal. You don’t want to feel sugar granules in your frosting!
  • Cream. The cream will make the cream cheese have a more liquid texture so that it’s not just plain cream cheese. It will also make it extra creamy.

How to use and store Cream Cheese Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls

To use this cream cheese frosting or cream, cheese icing on your cinnamon rolls, you just spread a generous amount on the rolls. You can do it over warm cinnamon rolls or once they have cooled to room temperature. Ideally, do it just before eating them so that it doesn’t dry up or crack. I also like to place a bit more of the frosting on the table because people usually reach for more. To store it, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge until it’s time to use it. This is really the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, with simple ingredients that add that perfect topping to an already perfect cinnamon roll.

Other uses for this recipe

This cream cheese frosting isn’t only for cinnamon rolls! I use a variation of this recipe to also top loaves like in my apple and carrot loaf. It’s thicker, with less cream, and is perfect for spreading since it doesn’t melt. You can also use it for filling cookies, also with less cream. Finally, it’s also a great recipe to use as a fruit dip. Strawberries and bananas dipped in this recipe are amazing!

Closeup of a cinnamon roll with with cream cheese frosting for cinnamon rolls.

In case you need a cinnamon roll recipe…

Now that you have the cream cheese frosting, I’m wondering if maybe you need a cinnamon roll recipe! I have plenty of variations here in my blog so feel free to look around. The ones in the photo above are my apple cinnamon rolls.

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls
When I think about cinnamon, my mind always goes immediately to apples. The smell of this recipe while it's in the oven is marvelous.
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Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
These carrot cake cinnamon rolls are soft, gooey and perfect with that cream cheese frosting on top.
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Homemade Cinnamon Roll Frosting Recipe with Cream Cheese

Cinnamon rolls are great, but they're even better with frosting, right? This cream cheese cinnamon roll frosting has the perfect texture and taste for any roll recipe you love.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon rolls, cream cheese frosting, recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 cinnamon rolls
Author: Lorena Salinas from Cravings Journal


  • 110 g cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 30 g whipping cream


  • Whip together the cream cheese, vanilla and icing sugar.
  • Add the cream little by little, whipping it in.
  • Spread the frosting onto the rolls.
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