I am frosting a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and want to pipe a border. Am I able to use this same frosting for piping? It seems quite soft-not sure if it would hold up. Should I just stiffen it or use a buttercream?
A true cream cheese icing is just what it is. So delicious and SOFT. lol!! There is a decorators cream cheese icing recipe on this site and on designmeacake.com and lots of other sites. In this , you are adding crisco along with the butter, It is pretty good, but not a true cream cheese flavor. They do this , so you can smooth it and pipe with it .I have done this also several times. while , agian , it is pretty good, it is not as good as true cream cheese. Since you have iced your cake. I would just add a litte more powder sugar to it to finsh the borders. Adding more powder sugar will change the flavor some also. I have worked with cream cheese forever. i make carrot cakes a lot and other cakes that call for it. I normally don,t put a border. I just swirl the icing. hth also i usually have toasted crushed p-cans in mine also.
If you do a basic border yes but if you want something more intricate you usually have to stiffen it up by adding more powdered sugar.
My ruffle cake is done with a very soft cream cheese frosting http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1922029
The basket weave in this one was done with a slightly stiffer cream cheese frosting.
Also keeping the frosting cold helps the piping.
Remember the cream cheese frosting requires refridgeration.