Here is my favorite Nothing Bundt Cake icing recipe that you can use to frost all types of homemade cakes. If you’ve ever visited a Nothing Bundt Cakes location, you know how delightful their cakes are, especially the iconic frosting style.
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This blog post features the ultimate Nothing Bundt Cake icing recipe and step-by-step instructions on how to apply that signature cream cheese frosting to your homemade bundt cakes.
Frosting a cake in the Nothing Bundt Cakes style is surprisingly easy, even for beginners! The key to nailing that iconic look lies in the right tools: a large mixing bowl for the frosting, a sturdy piping bag with a large round tip, and a turntable to help you rotate the cake while you apply the frosting. With these in hand, you’ll be well on your way to creating a homemade bundt cake that rivals the real thing in both looks and taste.
The Best Nothing Bundt Cakes Icing Recipe
Made with just four simple ingredients—powdered sugar, cream cheese, salt, and the secret ingredient, buttermilk—you’re already well on your way to frosting perfection. The buttermilk brings a delicious tang to the frosting, taking it from great to unforgettable. So, not only is this a simple recipe, but the buttermilk adds that special something to give you that authentic, tangy cream cheese flavor we all love.
- Powdered sugar: 3 cups
- Buttermilk: 2 Tbsp
- Cream cheese: 8 oz
- Salt: ¼ tsp
If you’re out of buttermilk, you can use a combination of milk and lemon juice.
For each cup of buttermilk needed, simply add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a measuring cup, and then fill it up with milk until you reach the 1-cup line. Stir the mixture well and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll notice it will start to curdle a bit, and voila, you have homemade buttermilk ready to use in your cream cheese frosting or any other recipe calling for buttermilk!
How to Make Nothing Bundt Cakes Icing Recipe
The full printable recipe can be found on the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Here are the simple steps to making this great recipe
Soften the Cream Cheese
Begin by softening the cream cheese. Leave it out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before starting your easy recipe.
Mix Cream Cheese and Sugar
Using the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl and hand mixer, whip the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar in two or three additions, mixing until well incorporated and creamy.
Add Buttermilk and Salt
Gradually add the buttermilk while continuing to mix. This secret ingredient will help achieve the perfect consistency and enhance the flavor. Sprinkle in the salt and continue mixing until all the ingredients are fully combined, resulting in a velvety, delicious bundt cake icing.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Icing Nothing Bundt Cakes
Gather Your Tools
For this task, you’ll need a piping bag and a large round piping tip. Make sure you have your amazing cream cheese frosting ready in a bowl.
Fill the Piping Bag
Use a rubber spatula to fill your piping bag with the cream cheese frosting. Make sure the frosting is evenly distributed in the bag to avoid any air pockets.
Position the Cake
Place your perfect bundt cake on a serving plate or stand. If you have different sizes of bundt cakes, like medium and large, make sure they’re placed on plates that will hold the entire pan securely.
Start at the top of the cake, positioning your piping bag to create a straight line of frosting. Squeeze the piping bag and move it in a circular motion from the outer edge toward the center of the cake.
Rotate and Repeat
After you’ve piped the first line, rotate the cake slightly. This will help you maintain evenly spaced lines as you continue to frost. Repeat the process, making sure to keep the lines in a straight path from the outside in.
Follow these steps and you’ll achieve that iconic Nothing Bundt Cakes look, regardless of whether you’re working with medium or large bundt cakes. Enjoy frosting your perfect bundt cake!
This cream cheese frosting recipe is generously portioned to decorate one large bundt cake. If you’re working with mini bundt cakes instead, you’ll likely find yourself with some leftover frosting. If you find yourself with extra frosting after icing your mini bundt cakes, refer to the storage tips section below for how to keep your leftover frosting fresh and delicious. Whether you choose to refrigerate or freeze it, you’ll be all set for the next time you want to frost delicious bundt cakes.
Storage Tips for Leftover Frosting
If you find yourself with extra frosting after icing your mini bundt cakes, refer to the storage tips section above for how to keep your leftover frosting fresh and delicious. Whether you choose to refrigerate or freeze it, you’ll be all set for your next cake-decorating adventure.
Refrigerating cream cheese frosting
If you’re looking to mix your cream cheese frosting in advance, you’re in luck—this frosting stores beautifully.
To preserve its creamy texture and tangy flavor, place the frosting in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you notice it’s become a bit stiff from chilling, just give it a quick whip with a hand mixer to bring it back to its original, velvety consistency before using.
Freezing cream cheese frosting
For longer storage, you can also freeze the frosting. Simply place it in an airtight container, leaving a small amount of space for expansion, and freeze for up to three months. When you’re ready to use it, allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight and give it a good mix to restore its texture.
Copycat Nothing Bundt Cake Icing Recipe
- Hand-held electric mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- Pastry Bag
- Large open pastry tip
- Cake turntable
- 3 cups Confectioner's sugar
- 2 tbsp Buttermilk
- 8 oz Cream cheese 1 block
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- Begin by softening the cream cheese. Leave it out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before starting your easy recipe.
- Using the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl and hand mixer, whip the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar in two or three additions, mixing until well incorporated and creamy.
- Gradually add the buttermilk while continuing to mix. This secret ingredient will help achieve the perfect consistency and enhance the flavor. Sprinkle in the salt and continue mixing until all the ingredients are fully combined, resulting in a velvety, delicious bundt cake icing.
- If you are not using the frosting right away, place the frosting in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Frosting a bundt cake in the Nothing Bundt Cakes style is a piece of cake (pun intended!) with this foolproof recipe and these step-by-step instructions. So why not give it a try? If you’ve found this nothing bundt cake icing recipe useful and you love how your cake turns out, I’d be thrilled if you could leave a 5-star review!