How to Make Store Bought Frosting Better

By Cynthia Measom

While store-bought frosting trumps homemade concoctions in convenience, the taste, consistency or color of the canned version may leave you wanting more. With a tweak or two, you might be able to pass off the store-bought version as something that rivals a homemade recipe.


Improving Consistency


Step 1

Spoon the store bought frosting in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of powdered sugar on top of the frosting.


Step 2

Mix the frosting and powdered sugar with an electric mixer for approximately 30 seconds to thicken it. Dip the blade of a knife or a spoon into the frosting to check its consistency.


Step 3

Add 1/2 tsp. of powdered sugar to the frosting if it's not thick enough. Mix the powdered sugar into the frosting with a mixer for approximately 30 seconds. Check the consistency again.


Step 4

Repeat Step 3 as many times as needed to reach the consistency you want. Mix in a 1/2 tsp. of water if the frosting becomes too thick.

Adding Color


Step 5

Spoon white store bought frosting into a bowl and stir with a spoon to smooth the consistency.


Step 6

Add 2 or 3 drops of food coloring to the frosting. Stir with a spoon to mix in the color.


Step 7

Add 2 to 3 drops more of the same color or add some drops of a different color to create a color you want. Check the food coloring packaging for specific directions regarding mixing food coloring to create colors.

Improving Taste


Step 8

Place an 8 oz. package of cream cheese on the counter top to soften. Allow at least 10 minutes for softening to occur.


Step 9

Spoon store bought frosting into a bowl. Drop the cream cheese into the bowl on top of the frosting.

Mixing batter with electric mixer
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Mixing with an electric mixer

Step 10

Mix the frosting and cream cheese together until well blended. Frost cooled cupcakes, cookies or a cake.