That being said some cakes just cry out for a cream cheese frosting. Carrot Cake, Red Velvet etc. My husbands favorite cake is red velvet. For fathers day I told him I would make him his favorite but I wanted it totally done from scratch. I was also on a mission to find the perfect cream cheese frosting.
As I am looking around I stumble across Joy Of Baking and their website. I have found absolutely spectacular recipes there before so I did a search and I am so glad I did.
I think I have found the PERFECT cream cheese frosting.
It is light and airy and delicious!
This frosting is done in two steps.
In your food processor, or with a hand mixer, process the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and process until smooth. Transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl.
Then, in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. With a large spatula, gently but quickly fold a little of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten it. Then fold in the remaining whipped cream, in two stages. If the frosting is not thick enough to spread, cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour, or until it is firm enough to spread.
The end result looks like the picture above.
Here is the recipe for the frosting:
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 1/2 (360 ml) cups heavy whipping cream
1 - 8 ounce (227 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
1 - 8 ounce (227 grams) tub of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (115 grams) confectioners' (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted