Sugar Free Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

Posted on May 4 2013 - 12:20am by Susan Bewley

With me losing weight, I have been trying hard to find substitutes for some of my favorite foods. With sweets, I have found that it is easier said than done. I have tried cooking with Spenda and other sweeteners, and found that they most of the time ruin a recipe or give it a very strong, bad aftertaste.  My husband is even worse since he will most of the time not even try a recipe if he knew there was Spenda or Stevia used to sweeten the recipe. He just HATES the aftertaste. Really, there is only one sweetener in our house that is used regularly, and both of us can use without complaining – Nectresse.

I have been using Nectresse for the past year and have slowly been converting to using it in my tea. While I can't say I always remember to use it, it's not a bad experience when I do remember. One thing I had never considered doing, however, was using it in baking. As part of one of the Sugar and Spice Voxbox, they gave me a package of individually wrapped Nectresse packages. As someone who travels and drinks coffee, I was pretty happy about getting this product to review. What I wasn't expecting was to be asked to make a sugar free recipe.  

I spent nearly a month trying to figure out the perfect recipe. Eventually, my husband came up with an idea I was reluctant to try – converting my vanilla cream cheese icing into a sugar free recipe, since icings sometimes have more sugar than what they top. Even though I wasn't sure about it at first, I tried it. What happened shocked both of us – it was absolutely amazing! Neither one of us could even tell it was sugar free! Just like my original recipe, it makes enough to cover a two layer cake. We also found that it is a great on Cinnabon bagels! Don't worry, you don't have to tell anyone its sugar free, it will be our secret!

Sugar Free Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

Sugar Free Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing Recipe 2



  1. Place the cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer (you can use a hand mixer too if that is what you have). Beat for one minute.
  2. Slowly, pour in the vanilla extract. It should have a very light brown color when it's finished.
  3. Pour in the NECTRESSE. I used 3 tablespoons in mine but this can be adjusted to taste. Mix until the icing is smooth and easy to spread. Makes enough to cover one two layer cake.


Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive monetary compensation for this recipe, but did receive package of NECTRESSE for review purposes from All of the opinions on this blog are the opinions of said author and these opinions may differ from your own.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

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  1. Tara May 4, 2013 at 12:27 am - Reply

    Oh man, YUM!  I cuold eat cream cheese frosting by the bucket full!  Great job!

  2. May 4, 2013 at 2:23 am - Reply

    This is great! I too, am trying to lose weight so I am cutting back a great deal of sugary stuff from my diet. 

    I have been using Splenda for some time whenever I can and I didn't realize that Nectresse is also made from the same company as Splenda. That's double the great news!!! I just hope I'll find this brand being sold here in Dubai.


    Ria C

    • Susan Bewley May 4, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

      I hope so too! This stuff so much better than Splenda!

  3. Sunnymay May 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    A 4 ingredient frosting looks simple and I've always wanted to see how to use the Nectresse I have in my pantry.

  4. Sherryl Wilson May 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Putting this on my must try recipe page… It is hard to find good tasting sugar free items.

    • Susan Bewley May 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      Even harder finding ones that taste good. My husband has been using this as a cream cheese spread too.

  5. Kiara May 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I would love to try this.

  6. Allyson Becker May 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    These look way too good to be yummy. This is definitely a must try for me.

  7. jessica hager May 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Sounds delicious and healthier than other snacks! I've tried substituting splenda in recipes and then never taste right!

    • Susan Bewley May 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      That’s my problem too. Splenda seems okay for beverages just not in desserts imo.

  8. Kellie May 6, 2013 at 12:35 am - Reply

    I have a problem with some of the replacement sugars.  The don't seem to agree with my stomach.  I have never heard of Nectresse and wonder if it would work for me.  I would love to make the icing for the next time we need a sweet spread.

    • Susan Bewley May 6, 2013 at 8:10 am - Reply

      I hope you like it! Nectresse is all natural and actually is monk fruit – making it just another sweetener, not an alternative. I am not a big fan of Spelnda and avoid the unnatural ones!

  9. md kennedy May 6, 2013 at 2:25 am - Reply

    What an awesome recipe!  My husband and I are cuttig back on processed food, including sugar, and we've been verysuccessful with Stevia as a replacement except for recipes where sugar is the "bulk," like frosting.  Never heard of Nectresse but I'll have to check it out!

    • Susan Bewley May 6, 2013 at 8:11 am - Reply

      I used to survive on Stevia, but Nectresse is bettering IMO since it doesn’t have an aftertaste. You can find it in the baking isle with the other sugars. Its a little more expensive but a little goes a long way. For example, 1/4 teaspoon of Nectresse is the equivalent of a teaspoon of sugar 🙂

  10. Angel May 6, 2013 at 4:05 am - Reply

    I've been struggling for months to lose weight. I always start watching Jillian's dvds but I don't end up finishing them. I thinks it's because I tend to eat more than the calories I lose so I end up gaining weight. Now, I started to use LoseIt to measure my calorie intake. And now, I'm busy looking for alternative snacks to pacify my sweet tooth. Thanks for sharing! 

    • Susan Bewley May 6, 2013 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Hope you enjoy it! I have been using LoseIt as well to lose weight! I have already lost something like 12 pounds since I started 🙂

  11. Melissa Erskine May 6, 2013 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Ohhh these sound great!  Thanks for posting a different receipt!

    i have been looking for healthier options that have less sugar!

    • Susan Bewley May 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! My husband hates most sugar free things and LOVES this icing!

  12. RozAnn May 6, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    What is Loselt please Susan?

    • Susan Bewley May 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Sorry, just saw the comment, RozAnn! LoseIT is an iPhone app that keeps track of all of your calories. You just scan barcodes, put everything in, and tell you how you are for the week. You can even put in your exercise! If you have a registered account, you can also earn badges and keep track of your overall weightloss. You can find more about it here –

  13. Maria Iemma May 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you!  I am a diabetic and always looking for desert recipes that will not raise my blood glucose.

  14. ANN*H May 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Mmmm….great icing recipe. This will be good for me to use because my son is a diabetic. We all just love cream cheese too. Thanks much.

  15. Patricia Zyska-Pickett May 7, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! I'll have to try this out as I have been trying to cut out sugar and a few family members are diabetic.

  16. Kelly R. May 8, 2013 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I'm always looking for healthier alternatives to sweet treats, thanks for sharing, sounds yummy. 

  17. Mary Withrow May 10, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    This looks good!  I leave out so many items because of the sugar.  I will definitely try this!

  18. samantha s May 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Yummy. I would love to make this recipe sometime this weekend. Thank you for sharing such this wonderful cookie recipe!

  19. DANIELLE WILLIAMS May 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Love this recipe cant wait to try!!!

  20. Jodi S. May 11, 2013 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I tried some samples of Nectresse and liked having a better alternative than Splenda or stevia (I won't use aspartame – haven't in years).  I love cream cheese frosting, so I look forward to trying this recipe!

  21. Shelly McGann May 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    This sounds really delicious. I bet my kids would love it.

  22. viviana rodriguez May 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    i am constantly on a "diet" lol this recipe sound so yummy! i have to try it soon 🙂 thanks for posting it

  23. Calshondra Williams May 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Me and hubby are diabetic. I love Nectresse and will be preparing it recipe tomorrow. Thanks!

  24. Marti B. May 18, 2013 at 8:59 am - Reply

    It's definitely still just a "sometimes" food, though! Butter and cream cheese . . . so yummy, but super high in fat! I have personally just cut out using sugar or sugar substitutes in my drinks and I splurge once a week on a cinnamon roll or piece of cake or whatever. I think it's the frequency that gets us in trouble! 

    • Susan Bewley May 18, 2013 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Yes, moderation is very important. While my husband would LOVE if I did this once a week, it is a every few months sort of thing 🙂

  25. Jessica Thompson May 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    My inlaws can't have sweets as my FIL is diabetic. We all love cream cheese frosting so this will be a recipe we will be trying. Also I am trying to loose weight so I will add this in my list of recipes.

  26. Amy N. May 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Oh this could be dangerous if it's as tasty as it looks!!  Never tried Nectresse, I'll have to check that out.

  27. Maria May 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    That looks delicious! Great job!

  28. marissa lee May 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    i like that it's sugar free..thank you for sharing.

  29. krystel May 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    love this recipe i really want to try it 

  30. Mary Williams June 3, 2013 at 11:49 am - Reply

    This would be awesome for my diabetic best friend! She would be able to enjoy desserts without worry!

  31. Rachel N June 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of nectresse.  I can't stand splenda or stevia or aspartame, so gross.  Will have to try nectresse.

  32. Amy Snell June 4, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Great recipe!! I'm always looking for a low in sugar option….

  33. krystel June 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    that looks really delicious 

  34. Katie J July 14, 2013 at 12:36 am - Reply

    I'm a fan of Stevia and am wondering what substitution ratio to use for Nectresse.

    Your recipe sounds delish! Thanks for sharing! =)

  35. judy gardner August 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    thank you for sharing!  i have been using splenda but dont really like it so i am going to look for nectresse and try this recipe!

  36. MCGmandy August 27, 2013 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I love this recipe I have used variations of it often when baking….especially when watching Django and listening to Leonardo Dicaprio say "cake like 20 times and suddenly I am baking a fresh orange zest bundt cake with Cashew Cream Cheese icing lol

  37. Nena Sinclair November 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    This is awesome! I'm diabetic, so I really appreciate that this is sugar free! I Pinned this to my Recipes board. Thank you for sharing!

  38. Tiffany R November 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Sounds really good and simple!!!

  39. Dorothy Boucher March 17, 2014 at 3:30 am - Reply

    well this is something different, and i love cream cheese, can put that on just about anything loll great recipe and thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  40. Shannon June 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. This sounds great.

  41. ellen chevarie December 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    oh my this is fabulous.we dont use alot of sugar in our house.alwyas looking for recipes using very little or no sugar.cant wait to try.

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