Kefir or Yogurt Frosting

Flavorful jam-sweetened cream cheese frosting

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This soft-cheese frosting is simple and delicious. It’s made with jam for a flavorful and icing sugar-free frosting. See the section above for all the different soft-cheese options, including Greek yogurt and kefir cheese.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup soft cheese or Greek yogurt (see the section above for options).
  • 1/2 cup jam (see notes for details)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp tapioca starch or cornstarch (as needed)


  1. Mix together the soft cheese and jam in a large bowl. Start with a spoon, then use a whisk to make sure everything is smooth and well-combined.
  2. If the frosting isn’t stiff enough, whisk in a tablespoon of starch to help thicken it. Let it sit for 5 minutes, before whisking in a second tablespoon. Usually, no extra thickener is required. However, kefir cheese or yogurt that hasn’t drained for at least 12 hours can be a bit too liquidy. 
  3. Refrigerate the frosting for at least 1 hour before serving.


  • Use sugar-free jam for sugar-free frosting! 
  • If you want to pipe through a star-shaped frosting tip, strain the jam first to remove any chunks of fruit. These will get caught in the icing tip.
  • Apricot jam provides a nice neutral flavor. Raspberry and blueberry jams make a beautiful pink frosting. Marmalade is delicious with chocolate cake. However, it usually has chunks of peel, so pipe it through a round decorating tip.