Copycat Cinnabon Frosting Recipe and Video

Cinnabon Frosting can be made in your kitchen with this recipe. What could be better than the rich and creamy Cinnabon icing? This cream cheese frosting doesn’t have to be used on cinnamon rolls. Enjoy it on cupcakes and your favorite cake, or other homemade treats.

Homemade copycat Cinnabon cream cheese frosting on a cinnamon roll.

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Sure Cinnabon may sell their signature frosting in frosting pints, but that requires leaving home to get a pint of frosting. You can make this from scratch in less time than it will take you to drive to the mall. We all know how long it takes to go to the mall during the holiday season.

Cinnabon Cream Cheese Frosting

I think there are few things as wonderful in life as cream cheese frosting. Hands down, this is one of my favorite recipes. This cream cheese delight tastes wonderful topped on a cake, cupcakes, and so much more.

Even if you aren’t a super experienced cook, you can prepare this simple cream cheese frosting.

I know you will enjoy the amazing flavor of this buttery and creamy frosting.

Cinnabon Frosting Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Margarine – you can use butter if you prefer
  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract

Ingredient Notes about Cinnabon icing

One of my favorite things about cooking at home is you can modify recipes to your own personal taste. Here are some ingredient substitutions:

  • While Cinnabon may not use real butter, you can use it instead of margerine.
  • If you want your frosting to remain perfectly white, use clear vanilla. It is often found where cake decorating supplies are sold.
Homemade copycat Cinnabon cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Allow margarine and cream cheese to reach room temperature.
  2. Using a electric mixer, beat cream cheese and margarine until combined and smooth.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally with a spatula.
  4. Once all of the sugar is added, mix for an additional 12 minutes.
  5. When almost done, add lemon juice and vanilla extract.

Video – How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

How to Store Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe makes a great deal so you can save some of this in an air-tight container for about seven days. Keep extra frosting refrigerated.

I hope you enjoy making your own copycat version of Cinnabon frosting. I know it will be perfect for your perfect accompaniment to your holiday recipes, classic cinnamon rolls, or other baked goods. This frosting has the perfect balance of sweetness that will only enhance your baking. Best of all you don’t need to leave home and pickup any signature frosting pints when it is so easy to make this at home.

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Homemade Cinnabon cinnamon rolls

Cinnabon Frosting

Cinnabon frosting can be used on cinnamon rolls, cakes, cinnamon bread, and so much more. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnabon Frosting, Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 96 2 tablespoon servings
Calories: 87kcal


  • 1 pound Margarine or butter
  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 2 pound confectioners sugar AKA powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  • Allow margarine and cream cheese to reach room temperature.
  • Beat cream cheese and margarine together in a bowl with a stand mixer. Slowly add in all powdered sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally with a spatula.
  • Once all of the sugar is in the bowl mix for at least an additional 12 minutes. When almost done, add in the extracts. Enjoy!


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Belinda

    5 stars
    This is amazing! Super fluffy texture and not grainy at all. I made a much smaller batch and I still have extra icing. Definitely a keeper. 🙂 thanks

  2. Megan

    5 stars
    SUPER happy I tried this recipe! I’ve tried a lot of them and the lemon juice makes all the difference! It really helps tone down the sweetness. This makes a lot and seems enough to frost 2 – 3 dozen cinnamon rolls depending on how much you use. Perfect for what I needed. Thank you!

  3. Sue

    4 stars
    Recipe was not good for cupcakes. Only for things like cinnamon rolls or bread. Made a lot. Making half of the recipe would be enough. Very tasty though

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