Last Updated on August 11, 2022
The canned frosting is a convenient and quick way to decorate your baked goods. However, though it is still tasty, it often lacks the delicious flavor that homemade frosting has. That is why you should add butter to your canned frosting to elevate the taste.
Though making frosting from scratch is delicious, it can be time-consuming and messy. The canned frosting is a simple solution to meet your decorating needs. You can choose what flavor you want and it often has a longer shelf life than homemade.
Fortunately, butter is a simple and tasty way to take your store-bought frosting to the next level. You will be surprised how this simple hack can transform your canned frosting.
The Benefits of Adding Butter to Canned Frosting
One difference between canned and homemade frosting is canned often not as fluffy as homemade. Adding butter to frosting is what makes it so creamy, flavorful, and fluffy. It is a key ingredient in many homemade frosting recipes.
There are many great kinds of canned frosting, from vanilla buttercream, chocolate, and cream cheese. One 16 ounce can of frosting is typically enough to frost a two-layer eight or nine-inch cake or up to 36 cupcakes. Once opened, store-bought frosting can typically last up to four weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
Not only will adding butter improve the flavor and texture, but it can also help stretch the amount of frosting you have. The addition of the butter and the air that is getting incorporated in will increase the volume of your frosting.
How to Add Butter to Your Canned Frosting
When adding butter to your canned frosting it is key that the butter is at room temperature. You should allow your butter to sit out of the fridge for around 30 minutes, until it is soft to the touch, but not melting.
You want to avoid using cold butter, as it may cause the frosting to curdle when you mix it in. In addition, you don’t want to add melted butter to the frosting. This can cause issues in the consistency of the frosting and can even cause the frosting to become runny.
When using butter for frosting, you want to use unsalted butter. This will allow you to better control the flavor of the frosting. If it tastes too sweet, you can add a pinch of salt to cut back on the sweetness.
To give your store-bought frosting a buttery taste with a fluffier texture, add two tablespoons of room temperature unsalted butter to one 16 ounce can. Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, add your frosting and butter, beating until fully mixed. If desired, you can add more butter for your liking to reach a stronger flavor.
Using Your Improved Frosting
Once you have fully mixed your butter into your store-bought frosting, you can get to decorating. Your frosting will taste great on cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies.
You can use a spatula to frost your baked goods or you can use a piping bag. To reach the right consistency to pipe, you may need to add one to two tablespoons of powdered sugar to your frosting. This will help it reach a good consistency to pipe with, allowing you to create beautiful designs.
Storing Your Frosting
Since you added butter to your frosting, it should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container. Properly stored, it can last up to one week in the fridge. Allow your frosting to reach temperature before decorating, as this will make it much easier to work with.
You can also freeze your frosting if you wish to use it later. Add your frosting to a Ziploc bag and squeeze all the air out before tightly sealing.
You can freeze it for up to three months. Once you are ready to use it, allow it to thaw in your fridge overnight or for at least two hours. Then let the frosting sit out at room temperature before using.
A Simple Yet Delicious Way to Make Your Frosting Better
If you want homemade frosting but don’t have the time or all the ingredients, this hack is a great solution. Adding unsalted butter to your store-bought frosting will improve the texture and flavor. It will give it a nice buttery taste and a fluffy, creamy consistency.
Adding butter will make your frosting taste like it was homemade with less work than making it from scratch. It is a great trick to do when you are wanting to save time.
Do you have any questions regarding why you should add butter to canned frosting? If so, please ask in the comments down below.
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