Store-bought frosting is duly considered an easy and affordable item and an awesome alternative to homemade frosting, but it is quite unfortunate that its taste, appearance and consistency rate are relatively low compared to homemade batch, fortunately this is fixable as there are some useful measures that has been put together to make store bought frosting better.
How to improve Store Bought Frosting – A step by step guide
The following items play a major role towards making a better store brought frosting.
- Powdered sugar: aids with the thickening of the store brought frosting. It is basically made from thoroughly grinding sugar into a fine form
- Cream cheese: made from milk and cream, it also improves the taste of the frosting
- Food color: aids with the color of the frosting
- Milk and water: these two help in thinning the consistency of the frosting
So, we now know the items needed for the job, next up moving to the business of the day, let’s take a look at the ways we can really improve the store-bought frosting.
Step one – improve its taste
It is a generally acceptable fact that anything worth being consumed as food ought to have an appealing taste. Hence, a consumer’s preference for any consumable is contingent on not just the nutrients contained but also the taste. Below are efficient ways towards improving the taste of your delightful frosting.
- Nicely flavored syrups like mango, cherry etc. could be used to improve the taste of the frosting. It is simply done by mixing the syrup and the frosting until the required result is achieved. The amount of syrup added depends on whoever is mixing and whatever taste they intend to achieve but professionally it shouldn’t exceed 10ml.
- Cream cheese is another vital requirement needed to boost the taste of frosting. A perfect mixture of a moderate amount of cream cheese and its corresponding chunk of frosting will do just fine. You can be assured of savoring a tastier and better nourishing frosting.
- The presence of suitable food extracts like vanilla, orange amongst others also play a highly instrumental role in elevating the taste of frosting most especially store-bought cake frosting. It is achieved when you add at least half teaspoon of any of the aforementioned food extracts to the frosting and then mix extensively. You won’t help the streams of smiles that your face would portray after tasting the frosting and finding it nothing other than ambrosia.
- The final one on the list is spicing up your frosting with the juices of appropriate fruits like lime, even lemon as well. In a fashion similar to the previously listed ways, a thorough mixing of between 30 to 80ml of either of the fruit juices depending on the choice of the person preparing it would astutely enrich the flavor of the frosting. Remember the more solid the taste of your frosting, the greater the accolades you get from persons privileged to serve a piece of your cake, chocolate or whatever it is you decide to grace your frosting with.
Step two – Increasing the degree of Consistency
Consistency is the next highly essential factor to be taken into consideration as regards stepping up the generally attractive characteristics of a store-bought frosting.
It need not be overemphasized the deleterious effect marshy frosting could have on a beautifully designed and decorated cake or chocolate deftly executed by someone skilled in the art. Hence, the following important methods have been carefully drafted to facilitate a smooth uplifting of the consistency status of the frosting.
- Sugar, especially in its granulated form is the main messiah your frosting earnestly awaits to redeem it from its debilitating state of weak consistency. That is to say that sugar plays an immense role of multiplying your frosting with a double portion of the spirit of consistency. This is thus achieved by adding at least a tablespoon of granulated sugar to the frosting and then mixing them sufficiently.
- Milk also joins in shooting the degree of consistency to a higher level. The work to be done is not different from the previous ones. 25ml of milk should be put in a bowl already containing the frosting. Both should then be mixed to considerable extent. As usual, more milk could be added to lessen the thickness of the mixture if found too high.
Congratulations! You have just increased the consistency level of your treasured frosting.
Step three – Adding some Color
Color gives beauty to anything in every area of life. Adding nice colors like blue, pink and red makes the frosting more inviting and appetizing. The steps are pretty easy;
- Empty the entire frosting into another washed and fully cleaned mixing container.
- Next you commence the mixing. Whatever tool you use to mix or even if it’s your fingers, do it extensively. Though it is usually preferable to stir with either a flat spoon or a spatula. Note that the stirring must be rigorous.
- The final and most important step is to add your coloring. Be careful not to pour too much coloring at first but little drops after which you stir simultaneously. Then you could add more to it if you feel it hasn’t reached the desired texture. A combination of two coloring mixed together with your frosting makes the final result most tantalizing. People would have the tendency to salivate when they see how sumptuous your chocolate store brought frosting looks on your cake and they might just obey that inner voice saying ‘Go ahead, ask for a piece’.
4 Canned Frosting Tips You Will Find Very Useful
Canned frosting is comparatively cheap and has a remarkable rate of consistency especially when used to frost cakes. It also appeals delightfully to bakers who find it very convenient preparing frosting delicacies in their homes. According to majority of such, canned frosting is really less time consuming. In other words, it preserves time.
In spite of the above merits of canned frosting, it is still subject to the supremacy of homemade batches. However, there are salient ways that has been put together to improve canned frosting some of which may include the following:
Boosting the volume
This is a very sensitive factor to consider in the art of canned frosting. Some bakers are ignorant of this beautiful piece of information on how to boost the amount of their frosting when baking cakes. They either buy an additional can or make use of insufficient quantity.
Guess what? I have a quick solution to that little issue you encounter. It’s simple!
First, put the frosting in a fully cleaned mixing bowl. Mix the frosting enormously (you are advised not to use a manual mixer but one powered by electricity for more effective result).
Ensure you beat it for some minutes, say between 20 and 35. As the mixing progresses, large amounts of air are unleashed in the mixing bowl, causing a whipping phenomenon to strongly occur, thereby increasing its volume.
If not satisfied, you could collect some of the whipped frosting and add it back to the one left in the bowl, then you repeat the process.
This is undoubtedly the quickest, easiest and most express way of equipping your canned frosting with richness. Just obtain some nice colorings from the shop, then the procedure is straightforward;
Place the white frosting in a container and add few drops of coloring to it. How thick you want the eventual appearance to be largely depends on you. Of course, you could always add more drops of coloring if you please. But moderation remains key. Ensure you do not add excessive drops to the frosting so you don’t alter its originality. The adding should be done one at a time while observation follows.
Improving the taste
Canned frosting may be quite cheap and also a good time saver but its efficiency is, usually found wanting in the aspect of taste.
There is a tendency that it may not taste as good as its lovers would like it and at such certain admixtures are used to augment its flavor. Such as chocolate syrups, fruit juices, food extracts, cream cheese, etc. Mixing the aforementioned ingredients with the frosting would make the taste interestingly yummy.
Boosting the consistency
Canned frosting has this quality of consistency as its strongest of all. But as the saying goes, no man is an embodiment of perfection. The same goes for all food items regardless of their immense quality.
Though canned frostings vary, they are usually low in thickness and abundant in thinness. Thus, they are usually not considered suitable for cake beautification. The need therefore arises to augment their thickness. This is effectively achieved by mixing the frostings with granulated sugar. Note that sugar is continuously added till the required thickness level is attained.
Homemade Frosting – tips to consider
A very popular adage gives; ‘No place like home’. Truly, there’s this refreshing feeling that goes with being in a place you call home or having anything homemade, which can’t be felt elsewhere. That particular feeling is the difference between store bought frostings and homemade frosting.
It is no wonder homemade batches are second to none since they are made by one’s own hands under that special anointing that only home carries. Hence, I have deemed it necessary to enlighten you on the general things to consider when making any frosting at home, be it vanilla or chocolate.
- All ingredients must be stored at room temperature.
- Do well to abide by the set of instructions given to aid your cooking/baking.
- Apply food coloring wisely. Remember to extensively mix the frosting before adding any coloring of your choice and don’t put many colorings only on one piece of frosting in just one container. Divide the frosting into several parts, put each part in its own container, then you add coloring to each till it reaches your taste.
- Employ the proper means of storing homemade frosting, which is simply refrigeration. But it is advisable not to consume it immediately it is brought out of from the refrigerator. Leave it to cool a bit, that is allow it to adjust to room temperature for few minutes before you serve.
Finally, I would like to address the issue of dealing with dangerously sweet cake and chocolate frostings, especially store-bought frosting. You make your cake and dress it with these frostings and when you take a bite, it tastes so outrageously sweet that you might instantly feel overly conscious of diabetes. The solution to making store bought frosting less sweet is not so difficult.
First beat the frosting with light heat for few seconds. You must not melt it. With a spatula or spoon, stir lightly, then put a little quantity of salt and any suitable food extract. This time, stir the mixture rigorously for some minutes, ensure you do it manually. Then, refrigerate it for about 60 minutes. Half an hour may not be bad as well.
Then, there you are!
You would be stunned how rejuvenated the taste of your frosting would be. Anyone who tastes it would be forced to find it quite overwhelming (beautifully done by your amazing hands).
Conclusively I would like to believe that this post has been of great help to you and also that you have learnt quite a lot on how to make store bought frosting better. So, the next you get frosting from the grocery store and its taste is way less than what you anticipated, you know exactly what to do.