NYC Copycat Birthday Cake Cream Cheese

The best cream cheese you will ever taste – Birthday Cake Cream Cheese. A quick and easy cream cheese that tastes just like birthday cake, but it’s gluten free, only has 4-ingredients, and it comes together in 2 minutes!

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Cream cheese so good you’re going to want to party like it’s your birthday.

Soooo apparently birthday cake cream cheese is the next big thing in NYC, or maybe it already was the big thing, but either way it has taken New York City by storm. I mean, Instagram by storm. See below and that’s just from the last few days.

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I discovered this magical stuff a few weeks ago and I tried to disregard the fact that thing existed because me and birthday cake anything are dangerous. I mean, the Krazy Kookie Dough ice cream from Blue bell for example, is one of my favorite things on earth. But, like everything else food-related, it never left my thoughts!! I kept thinking, is there a way to recreate it at home? I am going to New York for the first time this summer, but I didn’t think I could wait that long. Actually, I knew I couldn’t wait that long.  (I know, here comes #icantbelieveyouveneverbeentony thoughts given the foodie I am)

After doing some research on this “infamous” cream cheese, I figured out that it’s not gluten free, meaning they probably use cake mix in the cream cheese to get the flavor. Well me being me, I set out to not only copy the flavor, but ALSO make it GLUTEN FREE because everyone deserves a little BCCC. (<– “Birthday cake cream cheese”) And by goly I DID. I could eat this stuff with a spoon. Correction: I did eat this stuff with a spoon.

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I bet you are wondering how I got the same flavor without the cake mix…. almond extract. I love almond extract. It’s my grandma’s secret ingredient in her sugar cookie icing and it’s the secret ingredient in most wedding cakes. I also added some powdered sugar for additional sweetness. Without the powdered sugar, it kind of tasted like cream cheese with sprinkles. I’d say the powdered sugar is just as, if not more important than the almond extract.

So there are your four ingredients: cream cheese, almond extract, powdered sugar, and sprinkles.

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This cream cheese is absolutely delicious and extremely flavorful – it pairs perfectly with just about any bagel flavor (just like cake pairs with just about any frosting!): chocolate chip, cinnamon crunch, blueberry, french toast, anything!

Now, go make this ASAP and put it on everything… toast, English muffins, waffles, or bagels.

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NYC Copycat Birthday Cake Cream Cheese

The best cream cheese you will ever taste – Birthday Cake Cream Cheese. A quick and easy cream cheese that tastes just like birthday cake, but it’s gluten free, only has 4-ingredients, and it comes together in 2 minutes!

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, at almost room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
2-3 Tablespoons rainbow sprinkles

Directions:

In a medium bowl, fold the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and almond extract together with a rubber spatula, until combined. Fold in rainbow sprinkles. Transfer to an airtight container and serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.