The luscious blend of cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla isn't just for carrot and red-velvet cakes. Here are some brand-new ways to enjoy the decadent frosting.
We've seen all manner of whoopie pies stuffed with cream cheese frosting, from red velvet to pumpkin to chocolate. But while the beloved dessert relies on thin cakes to form the outer sandwich layers and to keep that precious icing safe, you can hack the treat with any kind of cookie, really. Oatmeal raisin cookies
echo carrot cake with their cinnamon and raisins (as well as with their hardy texture). Or go out on a limb and pair these cream cheese-chocolate chip cookies
(which also feature cream cheese and zesty orange) with the frosting; the citrus and cream are fantastic together.
Now that you know how well cream cheese frosting plays with spices like cinnamon, allspice and cloves, it makes perfect sense to spread the icing atop slices of apple cake
, zucchini bread
-- which all have spiced notes. And while banana bread
doesn't fall under the spice-cake umbrella, the fruit imparts a rich caramel taste that pairs well with cream cheese frosting's light flavor.
A bowl of cream cheese frosting served with some sort of dipper might just be the easiest dessert we've ever made. Apple slices hold up well to sturdy frosting, as do pretzels and cinnamon pita chips. More delicious snacks to try: Strawberries, chocolate chip granola bars or thick-cut potato chips.