Buttercream would be a better option.
maybe you can display buttercream cupcakes and have cream cheese iced in the fridge.
I sent her an email explaining that she can either have cupcakes with buttercream icing on display at her reception or she can have cream cheese icing that will have to be kept refrigerated until serving time. I'll let you know what she picks.
My husband once ate cream cheese that had been sitting out for 3 hours - we forgot to refridgerate it , and he thought it would be fine. He was down for 2 days. Now, at a wedding with like 200 guests? NO THANKS! NOT worth it!
I am not a food scientist and I don't always understand how and why these things work. I feel I need to rely on people with more knowledge and more qualifications to set guidelines. I love cream cheese. I was really, really hoping that the sugar in frosting would act as a preservative and make cream cheese frosting safe at room temperature for long periods. I contacted Kraft foods (makers of Philadelphia cream cheese) with my question and then said, no. According to them, cream cheese frosting must be treated as perishable.
You are also right that there are lots of different opinions on this. You can find any opinion you want on the internet. But not all opinions are created equal. I try to find answers from qualified, knowledgable people. In matters of food safety that includes the FDA, the manufacturers of the product, many county extension services, and college and university web sites.
Sure, you can find people like binkbink's friend who tell you to leave the cream cheese out overnight. And probably that person has gotten away with the practice many times. But that does not really prove it is safe or that you'll be lucky if you try it. I'm guessing that you did not make up the "room under 75 degrees" guideline -- you heard it from someone. But was that someone really qualified to set that guideline?
I hope you don't feel anyone is picking on you, sharridee. That is never our purpose here. We enjoy sharing experience and opinions. But when it comes to food safety we can be pretty strong in our attempts to pass on qualified advice to help prevent unhappy consequences!
For my sister's wedding cake, I used cream cheese frosting, and I'd argued over it with her and her groom several times, but they insisted. (Actually it was key lime cream cheese.)
I, too, had read conflicting ideas about it being safe or not.
The cake was taken outside about an hour before the wedding started on a July afternoon, put under cover of a tent. It sat out all day and die-hard partiers were still eating it well into the evening.
This doesn't mean I'd advise anyone to do the same thing. It was entirely up to the couple in this case.
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