I tried a new tray bake recipe yesterday. The sponge was fine, taste really nice and moist.
The icing/frosting however....
Recipe called for 300g cream cheese and 100g icing sugar, plus some lime zest for flavour. It stated to beat the sugar into the cheese, which I did, but I've been left with a sloppy, runny icing that isn't really stiff enough to do anything more than drizzle over the sponge, when it's clear from the picture that it's a thick layer, similar to carrot cake.
I'm thinking that beating wasn't the right thing to do, so would appreciate any advice on this, as the flavours are nice and I'd like to try this again.
How long did you beat it for? Did you add plenty of lime zest as that might thicken it? You can overbeat cream cheese iphone corrected that to over eat which is also a potential problem and it will split. When I make cream cheese icing, I use soft butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract. Without the butter it doesn't seem to thicken well. HTH