Pillsbury frosting comes in a sealed, plastic canister, letting you decorate exquisite pieces without the mess of mixing frosting from scratch. The tin foil freshness seal protects Pillsbury's spreadable consistency while in the store and in your pantry. Using Pillsbury canned frosting is easy, but a few tips can make your frosting experience not only fast and simple but also aesthetically attractive.
Use at Room Temperature
Pillsbury canned frosting spreads best at room temperature.The stabilizing hydrogenated vegetable oils in Pillsbury frosting melt enough at room temperature to loosen the sugar and flavor particles. Store leftover canned frosting in the refrigerator even though cooler temperatures will temporarily harden the consistency. After removing frosting from the refrigerator, allow the can to sit on your counter for an hour or so at room temperature rather than heating it.
Layering Reduces Crumbs
Even the softest frosting breaks off small cake crumbs. Mixing the frosting with visible cake bits leaves your dish appearing unfinished and unprofessional. For smooth, even frosting, wait until the cake is completely cool and apply the first layer of frosting. Don't worry if crumbs come off in this first layer. Place the cake or cupcakes in the refrigerator until the frosting is firm and stiff. Remove the cake and apply a second layer of frosting over the hardened first layer. The result is a crumb-free baked good with a smooth, professional finish.
Spreading the frosting directly from the can is tempting, but not advisable. Although Pillsbury packages its frosting for maximum freshness, the hydrogenated vegetable oils and water benefit from a few seconds of brisk stirring. Stirring the stabilizers and preservatives integrates air and maximizes the fluffiness of the frosting. This step is critical after removing canned frosting from the refrigerator, where the cooler temperatures cause the hydrogenated oils to settle.
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Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.