How to thicken runny frosting

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How to thicken runny frosting
Finding the right frosting consistency will create a tasty treat. (isolation of a chocolate frosted cupcake image by David Smith from Fotolia.com)

Homemade frosting can be made as a sweet topping for cakes, doughnuts, brownies, and cookies. The most challenging part of making frosting can be finding the right consistency. A frosting that is too runny or too thick will be difficult to spread.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • icing sugar
  • spoon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Using a spoon, test the consistency of the frosting. If it sticks to the spoon and runs off slowly, it is the right consistency. If it pour off quickly, it needs to be thickened.

  2. 2

    Thicken the frosting by adding 1 tbsp confectioners or icing sugar. Stir, then test the consistency again.

  3. 3

    Keep adding icing sugar, 1 tbsp at a time until it is the desired consistency.

Tips and warnings

  • For a frosting that is too thick, add a little water.

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