By Therese Nagel

Cream cheese icing, or frosting, is a tasty topping for cakes and other desserts. It marries the indulgent richness of cream to a sweet lip smacking tang. Because cream cheese icing contains a great deal of dairy, however, storing it carefully it is important.

Cream Cheese icing is a favorite topping of carrot cake.

Step 1

Place the prepared cream cheese icing in an airtight container, such as a plastic food bowl or zip-top bag. This will help keep the icing from drying out or absorbing odors.

Step 2

Refrigerate the cream cheese icing for up to three days. Do not freeze the icing, as freezing will ruin the consistency of the cream.

Step 3

After refrigeration, your cream cheese icing will be stiff and difficult to manipulate. You can soften it with a whisk or electric beater. You can also add a splash of milk to loosen the consistency.

Step 4

If you are storing icing that is already on a dessert, the same rules apply. Use an airtight cake container to keep the icing fresh.