Best store-bought frosting recipes: 6 ways to make it taste homemade

Best store-bought frosting recipes: 6 ways to make it taste homemade

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I know. I know.

Homemade frosting is always better than packaged or store bought frosting.

But sometimes, like today, you look at your calendar and realized you committed to bring 48 cupcakes to a school event and you have, like, an hour to get them done.

That, my friends, is when you break out your favorite doctored cake mix and frosting recipes.

I thought there may be one or two of you out there who might be as disorganized as me and could benefit from the, um, way too many shortcuts I've invented over the years.

Today I whipped up (literally) a Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Frosting. It was so darn good -- no joke -- no less than four moms asked for my "recipe." Pshaw.

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 canister creamy chocolate or vanilla frosting
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk
  • Chopped honey-roasted peanuts
  • Sea salt

Combine frosting, peanut butter, and milk. Pipe onto cupcakes and sprinkle with roasted peanut chunks and sea salt.

Biscoff Frosting

Use same recipe as above, but substitute Biscoff spread (or Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, or any kind of speculoos spread) for the peanut butter. Omit salt and peanuts and use crumbled spice cookies on top. This is AWESOME!

Cream Cheese Frosting

Blend an 8-ounce package of cream cheese into a 16-ounce can of store-bought vanilla frosting. It enhances the flavor, reduces the sweetness, and increases the amount of frosting. Try it with any flavor. Perfect for carrot cakes, red velvet cakes, spice cakes, etc.

Light and Fluffy Frosting

Mix a can of store-bought frosting (any flavor) with an 8-ounce container of whipped topping. The result is so soft, creamy, and easy to spread that everyone will think you made traditional cooked seven-minute frosting.

Mocha Frosting

Add a tablespoon of strong brewed coffee to one can of frosting. Pipe on cupcakes and top with a coffee bean.

Pick Your Flavor Frosting

Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of your favorite flavoring extract to the store-bought frosting to improve flavor. I especially love using a caramel extract and sprinkling sea salt over the top. Root beer extract is awesome too -- top with a root beer candy or use a Peppridge Farm Pirouette cookie as the "straw."

Photos: Lindsay Weiss/Sugar Mama

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This post was originally published September 13, 2012

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