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Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

cream cheese frosting

I’m so glad that everyone enjoyed my Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Muffin recipe!  I’ve received many reports that people are making them for Christmas morning.  Here’s the Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting to go along with buns.

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  1. To make frosting combine cream cheese and honey in a medium bowl until well blended
  2. Whip in heavy cream until frosting is nice and thick
  3. Spread over Cinnamon Bun Muffins
  4. Serve

Google Books has a sample of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook over at books.google.com which features a few of the recipes online if you would like to take a sneak peak.

CafeMom just published a slideshow entitled “13 Cute Christmas Cookies from Mom Blogger” which featured my fave Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies.  And Tina from Gluten Free Help has an interesting post up which features my Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, in a gift jar! Head on over for the full story and recipe at glutenfreehelp.info.  The fabulous Diane over at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang has her Friday Foodie Fix up and this week she’s featuring almonds. She highlights The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and is asking readers to submit their favorite recipe created with almonds.

This weeks Friday Freebie is Make It Fast, Cook It Slow by the wonderful Stephanie O’dea of crockpot365.blogspot.com. To be entered into this random drawing just leave a comment below.

UPDATE: this giveaway has ended, the winner was Heather

Don’t forget to enter last weeks giveaway which includes a signed copy of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and a 5 lb bag of blanched almond flour from Honeyville. The contest ends January 11th.

UPDATE: the big giveaway has ended, the winner was Liz

posted on December 18, 2009, 59 comments

  1. Shana

    i love cook books. especially if GF. thank you

  2. Emily

    I want this cookbook!!! If I don’t win, I am buying one.
    Love. Her. Recipes.
    (I also want that pretty green plate in your yummy looking photo!)

  3. Sarah

    Can’t wait to try these muffins and frosting! They look like a delicious combo. I’ll probably use goat cheese chevre in the frosting instead of cream cheese so I don’t have a runny nose the next look.

  4. Sandy Gillett @ Aunt-Sandy.blogspot.com

    The Cinnamon Bun Muffins recipe and now topped with the cream cheese agave sweetened frosting are just want I am looking for. Thank you Elana.

  5. I would absolutely love this cookbook! Thanks for the great giveaway (and the great recipes, of course!).

  6. Lauren @ celiacteen.com

    Yes please! I adore cream cheese, so this looks awesome =D.

  7. I make a cream cheese frosting by combining yogurt cheese, cultured kerrygold, stevia, and cream/milk to thin. With NuNatural stevia it tastes just like the sugary stuff :).

  8. Linda V

    These kind of make ahead and let them cook slow are great.

  9. The cookbook looks great! I would love to have some new inspirations.

  10. would love this cookbook. I’ve tried some of her recipes from her website, always with good results.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Jody

    Love Stephanie..Would love to have this cookbook. XO


  12. Jennifer Pfeiffer

    The cookbook looks great. Thanks for the recipes and for the giveaway!

  13. Linda- Kitchen Therapy @ blog.kitchentherapy.us

    Love the richness of cream cheese.

    I have been more of a pressure cooker gal than a crock-potter. Still, I have 4 crock-pots in varying sizes. I have a few recipes, but would love to see all the things I can do with them.

  14. Linda

    Just found her blog the other day, and am excited to get out my crock pot! The winter cooking continues… :)

  15. Oh my, that frosting is EPIC!! Love it.

  16. Diane J.

    The Cinnamon Bun Muffin recipe looks wonderful; can’t wait to try it with a Creamy ‘Coconut’ Frosting with stevia (hope it works)!

  17. Miriam

    Thank you, Elana, for your generosity in sharing so many yummy, healthy, gluten-free recipes on the Web! I’m new to this and can’t wait to try some of them out!

  18. Tara

    The cookbook looks great. I’d be happy to have more ideas for how to use my crockpot.

  19. Carole

    Since I don’t eat dairy I topped the muffins with your wonderful Marshmellow Frosting from your cookbbok..delicious!

  20. I am so excited to test this recipe on my some eager toddlers tomorrow at my son’s 3rd bday party. Thanks!!

  21. Rebecca

    I just made your old cream cheese frosting recipe and it was great. My son’s teacher gives me the heads up when the class is doing a special snack so I can copy it for him to eat. I find it interesting that out of 13 kids in his class 3 have food allergies and bring their own food. I am going to make the cinnamon bun muffins this weekend and use my extra frosting.
    Thanks Elana!

  22. Marilyn

    Thanks for your giveaways, Elana. I would love
    to make better use of my crockpot.
    BTW, does anyone have ideas for a GF/casein-free
    frosting? I am also allergic to nuts ~ sorry,
    Elana ~ I do use them in baking for my kids.
    My integrative nurse-practitioner gave me
    info about soaking nuts to remove an
    inflammatory chemical, which could possibly
    reduce my allergic response. I haven’t been
    brave enough to try it yet.

  23. Michelle

    I told my husband I’m making these cinnamon bun muffins over the holidays (perhaps Christmas morning). We actually found some single-dose, shelf stable GFCF cream cheese (doesn’t require refrigeration) earlier this week that I’m hoping will be perfect with them. Thanks so much for your awesome recipes and the opportunities to win such amazing things. Mealtime in our house is always hectic enough with different food intolerances, so I welcome any opportunity to make our lives easier, including using our crockpots more. Thank you!

  24. Christianne

    O Elana, after so many fabulous muffin recipes on your site (eg cranberry lemon muffins and pumpkin pie muffins are made very very often here), I didn’t think I would appreciate a new concoction of yours even more. But I do. OMG how fabulous are your cinnamon bun muffins!!! I cannot praise them enough, we devoured them in no-time. Absolutely the best muffins we ever had!
    I didn’t have vanille extract in my pantry anymore, so I used half of a vanilla bean. The cake was flecked with all these lovely black spots and the fragrance so subtle. THANK YOU AGAIN! for all your great work. Have a lovely weekend, we wish you well in the busy days heading towards Christmas.
    xox Christianne

  25. Kimberly@Living Free @ livingfreeforever.wordpress.com

    YeeHaa!! I got your cookbook in the mail yesterday and it made my day:) The recipes look awesome and I can’t wait to make some of them.

  26. Jennifer

    I can’t wait to make these!! What a great holiday treat!! Thanks

  27. Rebecca

    I’m also planning to make the muffins christmas morning. Glad to read so many rave reviews =) Thank You for all your wonderful recipes Elana!

  28. Melanie

    The cinnamon bun and frosting recipes both sound delicious!! I can’t bring myself to buy any commercial GF baked goods since I discovered your blog. I love the low glycemic aspect of your recipes, as well as the simplicity. I just got your cookbook for my birthday and have been cooking up a storm!

    Thank you for your delicious and healthful recipes!

  29. Allison

    Elana, I continue to be amazed and grateful for all that you do. You are a wonderful, generous person and I am so happy for you success!

  30. Maria @ mariacarr.com

    I have been wanting a healthy cream cheese frosting, had not had time to experiment. I’ll just make yours. Thank you. Love your recipes.

  31. Hillary


    Thank you so much for your wonderful gluten-free recipes. I enjoy your website very much, and appreciate your links to other gluten-free sites as well. I would have never known all I could do with my slow cooker until you gave us the link to Stephanie’s blog. You are making my life as a person with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease much more enjoyable with your recipes; keep up the great work!

  32. Tara

    Hi Elana,
    Thank you for your wonderful recipes, week after week. I refer friends and family to your blog all the time. Your talent in the kitchen is much appreciated!

  33. Julie

    These look so beautiful and I definitely plan to serve them Christmas morning. Does anyone have any ideas of things to serve alongside the muffins? I would appreciate it greatly.
    Thanks so very much Elana – you are priceless.

  34. The slow cooker is my best friend!!! I cook almost weekly family dinners (with extended family) and you never quite know what time they’re actually going to arrive! So slow cooker meals have become my go-to since you don’t have to worry about the end time as much. I’d love to try some new recipes!!! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

  35. debi riley

    I just got your cookbook in the mail also and am so excited! cant wait to make many things!! I would love to win a cookbook.

  36. Brenda James

    I’m so looking forward to using your Cinnamon Bun Muffin recipe for Christmas morning and having a G.F. treat for myself as well as my guests. I’d love to win this week’s giveaway also.
    Thanks, Brenda :-)

  37. These look beautiful! Can’t wait to try…I’m going to see if I can substitute something for the cream though…if anyone has any suggestions let me know!!

  38. Heather

    The cinnamon bun muffins look amazing! Was going to make cinnamon rolls for my family Christmas morning, now I can have something yummy for myself, too! Thanks!

  39. Diane

    I enjoy all your recipes that are dairy free and can’t wait for you to publish another cookbook!! Those cinnamon muffins look great. Thanks!

  40. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free @ simplysugarandglutenfree.com

    Cream cheese frosting is great on so many things – I am sure they’re fabulous on your cinnamon bun muffins. It’s neat to see how you’re supporting so many other bloggers. :)

  41. Anita

    Wow! I made the cinnamon roll muffins and the cream cheese frosting – my husband (celiac) enjoyed them so much – and so did I!!

    I had more frosting than I needed, but that was not a problem – I just melted a square of baking chocolate and added it, and now I have cream cheese fudge! : )

    It sounds like I’m entering a contest for a cookbook – it would be super to win one!! I’ve already ordered the cookbook for myself (I just found your site yesterday, and was trying out a recipe first, and this was totally thumbs up!), but I’d love to have one for my son, who is celiac and allergic to dairy.

    Thank you for all these great recipes – I’m SO excited to have found this site!!!

  42. Danielle

    i heard from a friend that sprouted wheat is ok to eat. that it has gluten but it is not processed. do you know anything about this idea? i have not been tested but i keep myself on a gluten free diet. but i am living in Germany for a year and have a hard time finding things i can eat so i wanted to know if you have information on sprouted wheat.

  43. Elyse

    I made these on Christmas morning and was told this was this didn’t taste gluten-free or anything else-free for that matter by my family. Right now I’ve got a batch in the oven, but I added cocoa and cinnamon in the batter to try to get the flavor of this Mexican chocolate sheet cake that is a family recipe I’ve been missing. They smell great! Can’t wait to see how my Mexican-chocolate version turns out!

  44. Lura

    I am officially addicted to the cinnamon buns & cream cheese frosting. so delicious! thank you so much for your awesome recipes!!!

  45. Denise Garcia

    I notice you use agave nectar for the sweetener in your recipies…what would the stevia equivilant be?

  46. This frosting is AMAZING on Elana’s chocolate cupcakes! Yum!

  47. Jackie Booth

    Dear Elana,
    Question: Since many of us can’t have cow dairy what can we use instead of “heavy cream?”
    i have been sharing your website with my three daughters and my entire book group as well as many neighbors and friends.
    They are now enjoying your breakfast bar, amazing chocolate cake and prize winner soup as well as many delicious vegetable accompaniments !!!! You are a life saver for all of us. With heartfelt thanks, Jackie B.

  48. Lisa Popelka

    Dear Elana,
    Hi! My name is Ellie,I’m Lisa’s daughter and I’m ten years old.
    My mom and I LOVED your cinnamon bun muffins(I eat them for breakfast and in my lunch) and I couldn’t tell they were gluten-free tastewise! They were easy to make-in fact we made them twice and both times I made them(my mom watched me,and put them in the oven). We also really enjoyed the Creamy Cream Cheese frosting on the muffins!!!!!!!!! They were sooooooo good!
    Thanks a million Elana!
    Ellie and Lisa

  49. Bernadette

    I’ve made this frosting with the cinnamon buns and it was so fabulous I want to put on a double-layer cake. I don’t think doubling the recipe would be enough. I’m not sure. Any suggestions from anyone on how to increase this recipe for a cake?

  50. I’m making the carrot cake recipe with the cream cheese frosting, but adding cinnamon, nutmeg and a little more agave! Treat without the guilt for Valentine’s Day for my handsome hubby! Then I’m going to chase him around the ski slopes to burn it off! Thanks for the recipe! ;)

  51. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes! Changing my eating habits has been made much easier now that I have found your site! I bought your Almond Flour Cookbook, along with the bread pan and doughnut pan. Can’t wait to try more recipes!

  52. Erika

    I’ve made this frosting twice, and both times it comes out too watery. I follow the instructions exactly. Not sure what’s wrong, but I’m very disappointed :(

    • Erin

      I’ve had the same problem, Erika! I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. It tastes wonderful and it’s stable enough to “dollop” on my cupcakes, but it is runny. I’ve tried whipping for longer (a lot longer), but that didn’t work. I tried adding 3/4 tsp arrowroot, but that didn’t make a difference. I just popped the extra-whipped, arrowroot-added batch into the fridge to see if the cold will help thicken it up.

      If anyone else has suggestions, please let us know!

  53. John @ 24 Day challenge @ 24in24.com

    This is looking yummy. I have always been a fan of your recipes and cannot wait to try this one out. :)

  54. leah

    what can i substitute for honey as i am a type 1 diebetic

  55. Amy

    This was absolutely fabulous! Better than any “regular” frosting I have made. I used maple syrup instead of honey. Thank you for the recipe!

  56. Nicholas @ fitliferesults.com

    This looks good. Someone else mentioned this with carrot cake in the comments which seems good as well.

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