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Why does my cream cheese frosting feel sugary?

I sifted C&H (10x) powdered sugar (cane sugar, not beet sugar).

The butter was soft at room temp, not melty.

The cream cheese, like the Sweetex, was soft at room temperature (hi-ratio shortening).

I *creamed* the butter, cream cheese, and shortening until it was white and smooth.

Then, a little bit at a time, I added the sifted powdered sugar & salt & vanilla. I also scrubbed the bowl often. For approximately 5 minutes, I beat this in my KA mixer on “5”.

It turned out with a good flavor, but with a gritty mouth feel. Today isn’t very hot or humid, so I doubt it played a role.

Kathy F’s Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:

1 stick butter, room temperature

1/2 cup shortening (such as Crisco or Sweetex) (Sweetex is a hi-ratio shortening)

8 ounces room temperature cream cheese (NOT low fat, NOT low cal)

1 T vanilla

2 lbs powdered sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp salt

Blend butter and shortening on low speed for a couple of minutes. It will smooth out and get white.

Blend in the cream cheese. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add powdered sugar, vanilla and salt and mix/blend on Medium for 5 minutes. Scrape down the edges of the dish often.

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    When piped, the frosting does not keep its form and is rather fragile. To harden the frosting, bakers prefer to overdo it with powdered sugar. This results in a cloyingly sweet cream cheese icing that isn’t really tasty.

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    Since cream cheese is almost half water, it is particularly sensitive to the development and melting of ice crystals during freezing and thawing. When ice crystals form, the previously emulsified water separates from the cheese curds, causing the thawed cheese to turn grainy and ricotta-like.

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