Since pulling dairy from my son’s diet things have been a lot more challenging. He wanted carrot cake for his birthday and let’s face it, what’s carrot cake without cream cheese icing??  I considered doing two separate icings/cakes, but for me, part of the joy of birthdays is sharing everything together.  So I decided to make the DF cream cheese icing and see how it tasted.  I had everyone taste it and it received five thumbs up so I used it to ice the whole cake.  Everyone who had some said it was fabulous.

Cream Cheese Icing

4 oz DF butter, softened
8 oz DF cream cheese, softened (I used this one but would get this one if possible)
Zest of one lemon
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Cream the softened butter and cream cheese, add zest of lemon, salt, vanilla, mix well.  Add powdered sugar two cups at a time mixing well between additions.  Mix till smooth and creamy.  If you want it thicker add more powdered sugar, if you want it thinner add a bit of water or DF milk.

I iced a two layer, 9 inch layer cake and had some left over.