Are you in a time crunch to frost a cake? Want to improve your canned icing? If so, you will want to know how to make store-bought icing fluffy.
Though store-bought icing can be great on its own, by making it fluffy you can improve the texture and taste. This simple hack is easy to do and creates a bakery-like frosting that your friends and family will love.
Whether you are short on time or looking for a simple solution, whipping canned icing is a great alternative to making your own. The fluffy texture is superior to straight out of the jar and you’ll be surprised by just how easy it is to make.
What You Will Need to Make Store-Bought Icing Fluffy
To make store-bought icing fluffy, you will need:
- One jar of your favorite store-bought icing
- A stand or hand mixer with whisk attachments
- A mixing bowl
- Whipped topping or homemade whipped cream
Step By Step Instructions to Make Canned Frosting Fluffier
Step 1: Gather Ingredients
Gather a 16 ounce can of your favorite store-bought icing and 16 ounces of whipped topping or homemade whipped cream. If you want to make more, simply keep the recipe equal-parts canned frosting and whipped topping.
Allow the two ingredients to reach room temperature. This will make it easier to work with and allow them to combine better. If the ingredients are too cold, they may begin to curdle when mixed.
Step 2: Mix Ingredients
Place the icing and whipped topping into a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachments and beat until the mix is thoroughly combined. Beat on medium-high speed for approximately 30-45 seconds long.
The mix should appear light and fluffy in texture. Be sure not to overbeat the frosting mix, as this will cause it to lose its fluffy texture. If you don’t have whipped topping, you can leave it out altogether and just beat the canned frosting.
Step 3: Decorate and Store
Use your frosting mix to decorate cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, or whatever dessert you want. Frosted desserts should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days when not serving. Any leftover icing can also be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days.
Tips and Tricks to Make Store-Bought Frosting Better
For this hack, you can use any flavor or type of store-bought icing you want. Buttercream, chocolate, cream cheese, or vanilla will work great.
Adding whipped topping or homemade whipped cream into the canned icing cuts back on the sweetness and gives it a fluffy texture. However, if you don’t have any whipped topping on hand or don’t mind the sweetness, you can leave it out. Simply beat the store-bought frosting by itself for about 30 seconds on medium-high speed.
You will still be able to achieve a fluffy texture without adding the whipped topping, but it won’t have the lighter, creamer flavor. If you only beat the icing, you can store it covered in the fridge for up to two weeks, as it will last longer than the whipped topping mixed icing. You may need to re-whip the icing if it has been in the fridge for a few days.
You can frost your baked goods using a spatula or a piping bag. If the icing is too thin to pipe with, add a tablespoon of powdered sugar. If it still appears too thin, add powdered sugar until it reaches your desired consistency.
To give your icing a flavor boost, add one teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can also add a teaspoon of peppermint extract, almond extract, or orange extract. For a more fall flavor, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
A Simple Way to Elevate Store-Bought Icing
By beating your canned icing using a mixer with, or without, the addition of whipped topping will create a fluffy texture. Beating the icing with your mixer incorporates air into it, allowing it to expand in size and create a pleasant texture. You can use whatever type of icing you want and even add in your choice of extract to enhance the flavor.
If you are on a time constraint or looking for an easier solution than making your own icing, this is a great hack. It is simple and takes very little time, however, you will notice a change in the consistency of the frosting. This hack will transform regular store-bought icing into a wonderful bakery-quality treat that your friends and family will enjoy.
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