The Canned Frosting Hack That Will Give You More Bang For Your Buck

Canned frosting isn't every baker's first choice, but it's useful for bakers who need a quick icing option or who are still perfecting their homemade frosting skills. It may taste too sweet for some, but even that can be overcome with a hack that will give it a burst of flavor, making it a solid choice for many. 

One of the biggest downsides of using canned frosting is the cost. While making homemade frosting is more time-consuming than spreading premade frosting on a cake, it's noticeably less expensive than its canned counterpart. If one prefers to use canned icing, they may wonder how to make the frosting feel more cost-effective. Fortunately, there's a simple way to not only make canned frosting more delectably fluffy but also to use less when frosting a cake (via Lifestyle of a Foodie). Bakers won't even notice that they've used less icing, and the cake will taste just as delicious as any other (via Baking Kneads).

How to use less frosting but keep all the frosting flavor

Changing the texture of the frosting will make using less simpler, and the new texture can seriously upgrade store-bought icing. It's also easy to change the texture without adding too many extra ingredients.

According to Baking Kneads, just put the frosting in a large mixing bowl, then mix it for two to three minutes. It doesn't matter whether it's a hand-mixer or a stand-mixer. The frosting will double in size. It will also look fluffier, which is the perfect texture to complement a cake. Now, when spreading it on the cake, bakers will be able to use half as much frosting as usual. It may even taste better (via Insider). This hack is a major win for home bakers everywhere as it'll give them the frosting consistency they strive for and help save major cash at the same time.

Other ways to save money on frosting when you bake

One of the best ways to use less frosting — besides fluffing it up — is to thicken it (via LeafTV). Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do this, and all of them work on store-bought icing as well as homemade. Chilling frosting can help it thicken, so be sure to let it sit in the refrigerator for around two hours before using it. Later on, if the frosting still isn't thick enough, add a bit of powdered sugar to taste in order to make it thicker.

Sugar isn't the only add-in that can make frosting thicker. Adding butter, whipping cream, gelatin, cornstarch, or flour can also help. If a baker chooses to add powdered sugar, butter, whipping cream, or cornstarch, make sure to mix it in using a mixer. If one prefers to add flour, whisk it in, and if a baker opts for gelatin, be sure to combine a teaspoon of the gelatin with a teaspoon of cold water before stirring it into the frosting (via Three Snackateers). With these ingredients, bakers will use less frosting and save more money. Whether one chooses to beat frosting until it's fluffy or use another method to thicken it, they'll get more bang for their buck out of store-bought frosting.