How to Add Flavor to Canned Frosting

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How to Add Flavor to Canned Frosting
Add flavour to canned frosting and icing to imitate the taste of homemade frosting. (Cupcakes image by Kalani from

Canned frosting saves time and effort when baking cakes, cupcakes and brownies. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat boring and predictable, especially if you bake regularly. Finding new varieties of canned frosting can be difficult, and there are fewer flavours than you can make at home. However, adding different flavourings can liven up boring, canned frosting. Your guests will end up asking for your secret.

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Things you need

  • Chocolate frosting
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Vanilla flavouring
  • Fresh or canned fruit
  • Fruit extracts

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  1. 1

    Add 1 tsp of vanilla flavouring to a can of chocolate or vanilla frosting to intensify the flavour. Stir it in with a spatula, or use a hand mixer to speed up the process.

  2. 2

    Purée a small amount of fresh or canned fruit in a blender or food processor. Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries work well with chocolate or vanilla frosting. If you use fruit with hard seeds, such as plums, peaches, mangoes or cherries, make sure they are pitted before puréeing. Add the canned frosting to the blender and blend the two together.

  3. 3

    Empty the canned frosting into a bowl and add 1 tbsp of fruit juice in the flavour of your choice. You can use fresh or store-bought juice. Mix with a hand mixer, then taste. If the flavour is not strong enough, gradually add more juice.

  4. 4

    Measure 1/2 tsp of fruit extract and mix in to the can of frosting. Gradually add more to taste.

Tips and warnings

  • Add food colouring to vanilla frosting to make decorating more fun.
  • Add flavour gradually and be careful not to overdo it.

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