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How to Turn Canned Frosting into Royal Icing
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How to Turn Canned Frosting into Royal Icing

Looking for the perfect way to decorate your cookies? Don’t have the time to make your own royal icing? This article will tell you the simple steps it takes on how to turn canned frosting into royal icing.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Turn Canned Frosting into Royal Icing
Author: cakedecorist.com



  • 1 pack Canned frosting


  • Step One: Place Frosting into Microwave Safe Bowl
  • Using a spatula, scoop half of a can of frosting into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Step Two: Place the Rest of the Frosting into a Piping Bag with Tip
  • Use the spatula to scoop the rest of the frosting into a piping bag with a fine tip.
  • Step Three: Microwave Frosting
  • Microwave the frosting for 15-20 seconds, or until melted.
  • Step Four: Place Melted Frosting into Squeeze Bottle
  • Carefully pour your melted frosting into a squeeze bottle. This will make it easier to use while decorating. The frosting will be hot, so use caution when first working with it.
  • Step Five: Decorate
  • Use the piping bag to frost a thin border. Then, use the squeeze bottle to fill in the border with the melted frosting. Use a toothpick to smooth out any bumps.
  • This method of using canned frosting to make royal icing works great for decorating cookies. Using a squeeze bottle is an easy way to fill in the shape you piped. Sugar cookies are easy to make into different designs and tastes great when they are decorated with this method.


  • It is best to start off with white frosting or chocolate frosting. If you want to use colored frosting to decorate you can start off with white frosting and then add food coloring before you divide it up. This will allow the frosting that is microwaved, and the frosting used to create borders to be the same color.
  • Piping a thin border of your design will help keep the microwaved frosting from running when you add it to your cookies. This technique for making royal icing is best used for decorating cookies.
  • If you want to add sprinkles or toppings, it is best to do it right after frosting the cookies. This will allow the toppings to stay on the cookie before it dries.
  • Though using this method to create royal icing from canned frosting does work well, it will not harden as much as traditional royal icing does. It will still however dry and create a harder and smoother icing than using traditional canned frosting would without any alterations.
  • It is easier to use a squeeze bottle than a piping bag for the melted frosting. The melted frosting is more likely to run when it is in the piping bag. Using a squeeze bottle will give you more control over the melted frosting.
  • If your frosting starts to thicken back up while you are still using it to decorate, place it back in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 5-10 second intervals until it is melted again. Stir the frosting thoroughly after every interval.
  • You can store decorated cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days. You can store the leftover frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Frosting can also be stored in the freezer for up to three months.
  • You want to avoid heat and humidity when serving these cookies, as it may cause the frosting to melt. Store these cookies in a cool, dry area as long as possible before serving them.
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