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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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


Mix equal parts of canned frosting and refrigerated whipped topping together to improve the taste and consistency of the store-bought frosting.

Transfer the frosting to a microwave safe container and microwave on a "High" setting for approximately 20 to 30 seconds to create a glaze-like consistency. Pour over a cake or cookies.

Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of your favorite flavoring extract to the store bought frosting to improve flavor.

Mix 1/2 cup of nuts, chocolate chips, candy, coconut or dried fruit into canned frosting before using to improve it.


Too much of any ingredient added to the canned frosting can make it stiff or runny.

About the Author

Cynthia Measom

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.