Cream cheese serves as the basis for a number of sweet and savory dishes. Cream cheese is the primary component in cheesecake. It also can be mixed with confectioner's sugar to create frosting. A number of creamy pasta dishes can also be made using cream cheese as the base. Often, cream cheese needs to be whipped using a mixer in order to make it lighter and easier to spread. Using the right equipment at the proper setting will allow you to beat cream cheese in a mixer.
Leave the cream cheese out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes,
Add the cream cheese to the mixing bowl. Attach a paddle mixer to your stand mixer. Lower the paddle into the bowl and turn on low speed.
Whip the cream cheese for about a minute to make it fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula.
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Add any ingredients to your cream cheese, such as sugar, milk or eggs, as per your recipe and incorporate by mixing in the same manner as Step 3. Turn the speed up slightly higher if you need the mixture to be lighter (faster mixing will incorporate more air into the mixture).
You can also use an electric hand mixer to beat cream cheese if you do not have a stand mixer. Add the cream cheese to a bowl and mix on a low speed at the beginning. Use a higher speed to make the cream cheese fluffier.
Based in Virginia Beach, Mark S. Baker has been working in editorial for more than 20 years. He has served as a writer and editor for publications such as the "Houston Post," "Boca Raton News" and "Interactive Week," among others. Baker also has a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and has his own catering business.