Make Store-Bought Frosting Extra Airy With One Simple Addition

In the world of baking, frosting is the icing on the cake (literally) and vastly improves a myriad of baked goods like cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more. This sweet, creamy spread not only enhances the visual appeal of desserts but also plays a crucial role in adding flavor and texture. While some choose to make their frosting, for many casual bakers, store-bought frosting is perfectly fine. 


However, while the convenience of store-bought frosting can't be beaten, it still has a few pitfalls. It tends to have a dense, heavy texture straight out of the container and can be overly sweet. If you're willing to spend a few extra minutes in the kitchen, these issues can be resolved by adding some homemade whipped cream.

Gently mixing a few dollops of fresh whipped cream into the frosting will cut through the heaviness for a fluffier, smoother consistency. It will also mellow out icing that is too sugary by introducing a more neutral flavor. You'll be left with frosting that is easier to spread, and that won't overpower your upgraded boxed mix cake.

Homemade whipped cream is key

It's important to make your own fresh whipped cream for this hack to work. Store-bought whipped cream quickly melts, which would make your frosting watery rather than airy. To make your own whipped cream, add 1 cup of cold heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a splash of vanilla to a bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine the ingredients until the cream forms medium peaks, and don't forget the quick trick for small batches of whipped cream. You can mix the whipped cream by hand, but it will take some muscle and a lot of patience.


Once the whipped cream is done, delicately mix some of it with the store-bought frosting into a bowl. Add as much or as little whipped cream as you like until you find your preferred ratio. To make the frosting even fluffier, you can use an electric mixer or just a fork to whip it up before laying it on your baked goods. 

Along with improving the taste and texture of store-bought frosting, folding in whipped cream also increases the total volume of frosting so you can get more out of a single container. So, the next time you practice your baking, take your sweets to the next level with some whipped cream-infused frosting.