Last Updated on March 18, 2023
For many sweet tooth enthusiasts, frosting is one of the best inventions known to mankind, as it pairs perfectly with cakes, brownies, and cookies. Even though many homemade frosting recipes require the leftover frosting to be refrigerated, in this post, we will be showing you frosting that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
The main reason why frosting often needs to be refrigerated is that it contains dairy products. To keep frosting containing dairy products fresh and have it last, it needs to be refrigerated.
The good thing is that this frosting that we’d be looking at is simple to make and delicious. It is the perfect frosting for birthday cakes, decorating cookies, or fulfilling your sweet craving. You can make this recipe even if you are only a beginner in baking.
Non-Refrigerated Frosting Recipe: What You Need
This Genius Kitchen frosting recipe requires the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of shortening
- ½ cup of non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
- ½ teaspoon of almond extract
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla
- 32 ounces of confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- ½ cup of water
You will also need a large mixing bowl to prepare this frosting. For the powdered coffee creamer, this recipe recommends using Coffee Mate creamer.
Step-by-Step: Frosting That Doesn’t Need to be Refrigerated
Step 1: Beating the Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, non-dairy powdered coffee creamer, vanilla, and almond extract. It will likely take a few minutes to get it all mixed at the right consistency.
Step 3: Adding the Confectioners’ Sugar
Once the shortening, non-dairy powdered coffee creamer, vanilla, and almond extract are properly mixed, gradually add the sifted confectioners’ sugar into the mixture.
Step 4: Adding the Water
After all the confectioners’ sugar has been added, mix it in the water. You may add up to a quarter cup of water to reach your desired consistency.
When this frosting comes out white, you can then add the food coloring to achieve different shades.
Though the recipe does not require an electric mixer to beat the ingredients, it does make the process easier if you have one.
Non-Refrigerated Frosting Recipe: Tips and Tricks
To lengthen the use of your left-over frosting, ensure to store it in an airtight container in a cool location. Also, the humidity will determine how long your frosting can last outside the fridge, so if you live in a very humid or very dry climate, your frosting will likely have a shorter life shelf. This particular frosting does not need to be stored in the fridge; however, you may store it in the fridge for up to two weeks if you want to.
Before you frost, ensure you let your baked goods cool down for at least fifteen minutes. If you are frosting a cake, it is often easiest to use an offset spatula. For frosting cupcakes and making designs, piping bags, and tips are often used to achieve desired shapes.
If you are planning to decorate an intricate design or write something, you can use a toothpick to sketch your design in the base layer of frosting before piping it on. If you don’t like how the design looks from the toothpick sketch, you can simply smooth it out and try again.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting That Doesn’t Require Refrigeration
There are many ways to make chocolate buttercream frosting. The ingredients you need for this recipe are:
- 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons of softened butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups of confections sugar
- 5 tablespoons of evaporated milk
Now all you need to do is:
- Grab a bowl and sift the following ingredients: cocoa powder and sugar.
- In a separate bowl, add the butter and beat until smooth; this should take a few minutes. Slowly add the sifted ingredients and alternate with adding tablespoons of milk. Once all the sugar has been added, pour in your vanilla extract and stir. Keep mixing until you reach the consistency you require.
- If your frosting is too thick, add a splash of milk. If your frosting is too thin, add a small amount of confectioners’ sugar.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting That Doesn’t Require Refrigeration
Here’s another vanilla buttercream frosting you may like to try for your baked goods. The ingredients you need for this recipe are:
- 5 tablespoons of plain flour
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of warmed milk
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Now all you need to do is:
- Add the following ingredients to a saucepan: plain flour and white sugar. Cook over medium heat for around 20-30 seconds. Be sure to stir throughout. After this time, gradually add the milk to the pan. Again; stir throughout. The milk should begin to thicken.
- Keep cooking and mixing until you have a thick custard-like liquid. The thicker it is, the easier it will be to pipe, but it can be any consistency you’d like.
- Once you’ve reached the consistency you’d like, cover it with plastic wrap and ensure it’s pressed on the surface of the mixture. Leave to cool at room temperature, or you can chill if you’d prefer.
- Add butter to a bowl and beat for a few minutes. At this point, it should be pale in color, and smooth. Add your custard-like mixture from earlier slowly, mixing as you go.
- Once all the mixture has been added, add a pinch of salt and vanilla extract. Keep mixing until soft peaks begin to form.
- Now you can use your frosting as required. Whether you use a piping bag, or simply spoon it onto your baked goods – it’s super easy to use.
- It’s worth noting that if it’s particularly humid, it may be best to place it in the refrigerator. It doesn’t need to be, but it may begin to melt in the heat.
The Perfect Go-To Frosting
I hope this post has helped you to become more familiar with frosting that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Making this type of frosting is super easy to make, doesn’t require many ingredients, and above all – is absolutely delicious. Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making frosting that doesn’t need to be refrigerated? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
In a nutshell, this frosting is not only easy to make, but it is a great frosting to use for any of your baking creations.
This frosting is versatile and does not need to be stored in a fridge. If you tried this frosting, please share your experience making it.
Can You Eat Unrefrigerated Frosting?
Most frostings can be left at room temperature for one to three days and still be safe to eat. This is in part to the fact that frosting has such a high sugar content and a small amount of whipping cream or milk.
Frosting such as American buttercream is safe to leave at room temperature for one to three days. After this time, however, you should refrigerate your buttercream frosting. Buttercream frosting can last in the fridge for up to one to two weeks.
Other frostings such as whipped cream frosting and cream cheese frosting should be kept in the fridge when not serving. This is because they contain perishable ingredients that will go bad if left out at room temperature for too long. In addition, the whipped cream frosting will not hold up well if left at a warm temperature.
Cream cheese frosting and whipped cream frosting can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. When ready to use your frosting, allow it to come to room temperature first so it is easier to spread and pipe.
If you notice that your frosting has any mold, discoloration, an off smell, or an off taste, you should throw the frosting away. In addition, if it begins to get too hardy it is generally best to toss it out.
How Long Does Frosting Last Unrefrigerated?
Buttercream frosting lasts unrefrigerated for one to three days, anytime after that it should be kept in the fridge. Storebought frosting can generally last at room temperature longer than homemade frosting can. Buttercream frosting can last in the fridge for one to two weeks.
When ready to use buttercream frosting that has been stored in the fridge, allow it to reach room temperature first, which generally takes 15 to 30 minutes. In some cases, it can be beneficial to mix your frosting for a minute or two before adding it to your cake or other desserts.
Buttercream frosting can last in the freezer for up to three months if stored in an airtight container. When ready to use, let it thaw overnight in the fridge before letting it sit at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Then mix your frosting for a minute or two before piping or spreading it on your desserts.
How Long Will Cream Cheese Frosting Last Unrefrigerated?
Cream cheese frosting should not be kept at room temperature for more than two hours since cream cheese is perishable. Any time after two hours it should be stored in your fridge to prevent it from spoiling.
Cream cheese frosting can last in the fridge for up to one week when stored properly in an airtight container. You can also store your cream cheese frosting in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to use, thaw your cream cheese frosting in the fridge overnight and then let it sit at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before using.
Just because cream cheese frosting needs to be kept refrigerated doesn’t mean that you need to serve it cold. You can let cakes and other desserts decorated with cream cheese frosting sit at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes to come to room temperature before serving.
Whipped cream frosting should also not be kept at room temperature for longer than two hours. It can be stored in the fridge for up to two to four days. Whipped cream frosting, however, does not freeze well in most cases.
Can Store-Bought Frosting Be Left Out?
Most desserts decorated with store-bought frosting can be stored covered at room temperature for three to four days. Any leftover store-bought frosting can be left at room temperature for three to four days in a cool location, with the expectation of cream cheese frosting.
For best results, however, store your store-bought frosting in the fridge after opening. Many store-bought frostings can last in the fridge for up to one month. Most store-bought frostings do not need to be refrigerated before opening.
Why Do You Have to Refrigerate Frosting After Opening?
Frosting should be refrigerated after opening to help keep it fresh for longer and to help prevent it from drying out too quickly. Refrigerating it will help it maintain its quality and consistency.
Storing frosting in the fridge after opening will help slow down mold growth and prevent it from hardening. You can let your frosting reach room temperature before using it to make it easier to work with.
Frosting That Doesn't Need to be Refrigerated - Delicious Recipe
- Large mixing bowl
- Beating the Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, non-dairy powdered coffee creamer, vanilla and almond extract. It will likely take a few minutes to get it all mixed together at the right consistency.
- Adding the Confectioners’ Sugar: Once the shortening, non-dairy powdered coffee creamer, vanilla and almond extract are properly mixed, gradually add the sifted confectioners’ sugar into the mixture.
- Adding the Water: After all the confectioners’ sugar has been added, mix it in the water. You may add up to a quarter cup of water to reach your desired consistency.
- When this frosting comes out white, you can then add the food coloring to achieve different shades.
- Though the recipe does not require an electric mixer to beat the ingredients, it does make the process easier if you have one.
Karen is a passionate pastry chef who loves to create delicious baked goods. She has been in the culinary arts for over 10 years, honing her skills and perfecting her craft. Karen is known for her creativity and attention to detail, creating unique desserts that bring a smile to everyone’s face. She is always looking for ways to challenge herself and come up with new recipes that are both tasty and visually appealing. Karen loves to experiment with different flavors and textures, and she is committed to providing the highest quality of products to her customers.