How to quickly soften cream cheese

Ingredients for the creamiest cream cheese buttercream frosting

No one likes cream cheese lumps! And you get lumps when your cream cheese is still cold. Ideally, you should remove the cream cheese from the fridge and let it come to room temperature over the course of several hours, but sometimes you forget or don’t have the time. It happens. Here are a few ways to warm it up quickly:

  • Remove cream cheese from packaging and cut into cubes. Microwave for 10-15 seconds.
  • Leave cream cheese sealed in foil packaging and place in a bowl. Cover with warm water and let sit for 10-15 minutes.