Ways to Add Pizzazz to Storebought Frosting? When it comes to baking, there is so much you can experiment with, whether it be what you made from scratch or what you buy from the store. The frosting is one thing when it comes to baking that everyone wishes to have, especially for their cupcakes.
The ready-made frosting on the shelves does have its spunk, and the best part of it is that it can be customized to taste, feel, and look the way you desire.
3 Easy Ways to Add Pizzazz to Storebought Frosting
There comes a time when you need that frosting base to add to your cupcakes – but what can you add to make it better?
Adjusting the Taste
If you go for “unflavored frosting,” there are many things you can add to make it to the desire you want. Nothing really tastes better than cupcakes having flavored frosting, and you can experiment with a variety of pizzazz until you get the flavor you need. Not sure what the right flavors to choose from? No worries…we’ll help you…lemon!
Adding lemon to just about anything always brings out an aroma like no other. Whether you choose to add lemon extract, raw juice, or even the zest, the result will be amazing. However, you have to be mindful that if you used too much lime juice, the frosting would become thin, and you may have to add extra powdered sugar to get it thick once again. Don’t have lemon juice? Orange could serve as a great substitute for either your vanilla or chocolate frosting. We know it works from experience and tells you the best is yet to come alive in your kitchen once you try.
Creamy or Crunchy Additives are Great Ways to Add Pizzazz to Storebought Frosting
You can choose between creamy or crunchy additives to add to your frosting, such as…
Mint Always Works
The best part about store-bought frosting is that you can complement it with some interesting tastes. Peppermint always knows how to bring out the best in everything you add to like the aroma will be lifted, and the taste has a pump with each bite you take. You can opt to decorate your pancakes with frosting, or you can use it to make a dip for those who prefer it that way.
Chocolate lovers know no bounds when it comes to what they can add chocolate to as there is this belief that “no choco is too much.” Well, there is another interesting way to add your favorite treat to something that will make you smile – frosting! A lot of people may have an issue with chocolate cupcakes having frosting made with chocolate. That means nothing, and adding a touch of crunch with a few chocolate chips will provide you with a more exciting experience.
Let’s Go Nuts!
Going nuts in a good way, that is! You can easily bring life to your frosting by adding nuts, whether as peanut or nut butter or as crushed nuts. Many people do love the taste of crunch while eating, and adding a half cup or maybe a full cup depending on the amount of frosting, will help improve the frosting quality.
Adding a dab of Nutella will up the flavor and taste of the frosting as well!
You Got Whipped!
Pumping up your frosting is endless as there is so much you can add to improve taste and flavor. Ever thought of adding whipped cream to your frosting or not sure if it will work? Well, take it from us…it tastes great! To get the best results, mix equal parts of both (preferably slightly thawed whipped cream as the thin cream may eventually melt away and make the frosting too watery). If your frosting is sweet and you desire to tone it down, you can opt for unsweetened whipped cream.
Compliment the Frosting
You can get your store-bought frosting to have the taste you desire by getting the ingredients you want to taste their flavor. Wishing to edge closer to a buttercream taste? That’s no problem! After sourcing the frosting, you want to use a tub of buttercream and a package of cream cheese (room temperature preferably for both) and add them to a bowl. Mix in the two major ingredients until they are evenly distributed, then add your favorite flavor boosters to it – vanilla extract, lemon, or mint. While mixing, add powdered sugar to help keep the body of the frosting.
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How To Make DIY Edible Glitter? Before you cringe and comment about how glitter is the Herpes of the craft world – let me tell you, it makes for a beautiful sweet treat decoration if it is the right kind.
There WAS a time when we would only consider using glitter in our art class or for some other decorative activities. The thought of eating it was absurd! However, these days, you can quickly attend a party and see glitter all over the cake and not be scared to eat it.
Making it yourself opens a whole new world as far as color options! It is also a lot less expensive than purchasing it at the store – you literally make it for a fraction of the cost.
How to Make DIY Edible Glitter
We understand it may have sounded strange to many, but countless people are locked away in their homes with COVID-19 quarantine limitations and working on many DIY projects.
Sewing, Crafting, Baking, Cake Decorating, Gardening, Knitting, Crocheting, and so much more! Their new interests include stuff like these. All the fun tips and tricks are simple hacks that people are dying to master with their “free” time”.
If you aren’t aware of the new food-safe versions of glitter you might be among the many people who get concerned when they see food and drinks laced with glitter. They cringe at every bite they see people eating.
So, we will tackle the question of “can indulging in glitter harm you or possibly kill you?” Interestingly, there are two major types of glitter – edible and non-toxic*.
Based on medical experts’ research and analysis, if you happen to consume a small portion of the non-toxic glitter, you don’t have to worry too much as it is not enough to kill you. Reassuring, right? Ha!
However, seeing it won’t kill you does not give you the license to recklessly eat it. Try switching over entirely to the edible form. For edible glitter to be considered fully edible needs to be made from ingredients that are considered food by the FDA.
Let’s tackle some commonly asked questions first:
How dangerous can glitter be?
Glitter is a fun part of arts and crafts and can also be used as part of your baking and pastries for those who are excited about everything shiny. Strangely enough, the largest danger comes if you are not careful enough to keep it away from your eyes.
If the sparkle of the lustrous element gets in your eyes, there could be profound implications for trouble. It could cause damages to the cornea as it triggers lots of irritation. Add in the fact that non-edible glitter is usually made of hardened materials such as plastic or aluminum and may come with sharp edges? It’s a recipe for disaster.
Well, edible glitter may not be as destructive but bear in mind that no one wants to mess around with their eyes.
How do you make sugar sparkle?
If you are like me, living in the world of rainbows, confetti, and glitter, then knowing there is now a way to make edible glitter will become your new love affair.
A great way to dress up your cupcakes and donuts, especially for the kids, this a great skill to have.
There is also the option of buying pre-made glitter in the bakery section of the local grocery store but making it is half of the fun!
Depending on what end result you are after – there are different methods used to make the glitter in color, sparkle distribution, and glitter size. To know what is best for the project at hand, you can easily experiment with different varieties and make notes of what you like best.
It is SO easy to Make DIY Edible Glitter! Making sugar sparkle is quite simple as all you need are raw cane sugar, coloring, a baking tray, and your oven. First, add the sugar to a bowl and add a few drops of coloring to it (use the color you desire or a mix of colors if you wish), and mix thoroughly.
You can also use granulated sugar if you like, but you will end up with a smaller grain of glitter. Once the mixture is equally colored – meaning the sugar is covered in the dye then get a baking tray and spread the sugar evenly across it. Place it in the oven set at an average of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The thinner you apply the sugar mixture, the quicker it will bake as it will dry out faster.
You really need to keep an eye on it – depending on which sugar you use, how thick it is spread on your pan, etc there are too many variables to give an exact time but 5 to 10 minutes tops. Be mindful that if you over bake, the sugar might melt and leave the texture being gummy.
Once the paste is completely dried, remove it from the oven. When the sugar paste is cooled, break or crush it with your hands and store it in a sealed container. It can last for up to six months, with only the glisten of the glitter losing its touch the longer you wait to use it.
I know they found pasta, rice, and sugar in the Egyptian pyramids that you could still eat today. Sugar pretty much lasts forever and is a preservative, but you compromise that structure with this coloring process.
What is edible glitter made out of?
Edible glitter can be made from various items you already have in your kitchen and even some you probably never thought were possible! Ever heard of the idea of making your own food coloring from veggies and fruits?
Well, this is just one of the many options you can choose from. The most common food you can choose from to make your glitter include sugar, gelatin, cornstarch, maltodextrin, and acacia – more commonly called gum Arabic. The colorings are made from different food items, or you can choose the store-bought liquid versions.
Adding edible glitter to my drink
The question has been asked numerous times whether edible glitter can be added to drink or not, and we will solve the mystery for you today – yes, it can! Interestingly you can add glitter to your drink to give it a sparkly presentation.
Whether you are enjoying your favorite cocktails, wine, coffee, beer, teas, or even sparkling water, you can add the glitter dust to enhance the experience. The lighter the drink, the brighter the sparkle! You can either make your own glitter (above) or purchase the ready-made version from the store.
You can also purchase the edible rainbow dust online from retailers who make them as part of their job or just as a passion. Making your drink sparkle does not have to be a tumultuous task, as all you need is your favorite drink and the edible glitter you either made or bought.
Add the liquor or wine to your glass, then sprinkle in the glitter and stir until the sparkly look is as desired. A little goes a long way, which is good as it can run $7-10 for a fairly small container.
For best results, hold off on the glitter magic until right before use or serving. It will be more vibrant and shimmery. Many people prefer to add the edible shimmer dust to their drink over the the sugar-based glitter as they fear it will melt away once it comes in contact with the liquid.
Is edible shimmer dust the same as edible glitter?
You might be wondering what the difference between edible shimmer dust and edible glitter is – well, there’s not much difference. The dust is basically a “refined version” of the glitter or considered the sieved dust from the larger glitter.
When sugar is sieved, there tend to be some smaller particulars that drop out, and this could pass as the glitter dust. Also, that crystallized glitter paste (from the gelatin recipe) is broken into larger pieces and ground into a powder. The more you grind it, the finer it will become.
*This doesn’t account for poorly labeled glitter from China or other similar countries. Not to pick on China, but they have a track record of making things very inexpensively and occasionally cutting corners on safety factors. Just think of the poisoned drywall, toothpaste, pet food, baby food, etc – the list goes one. Always consider the source!
Why do you need to know how to frost a cupcake? They say that Cupcakes are an “in thing” of today, and many people are going for them over traditional whole cakes. Not only because it is a trend but because there are countless benefits to choosing this route.
From being cost-effective and easy to prepare, to be a cool way to cater to all your guests. They will have a wide variety to choose from in comparison to a whole cake that only has one flavor.
Portray your highest level of diversity when you color-code your event with cupcakes of different flavors and unusual toppings. Cupcakes allow you to be flexible with the way you show your creativity in the frosting and decorative elements you put out. That is, if you know how to frost a cupcake.
How To Frost A Cupcake
However, it takes more than just squeezing some frosting atop your cupcakes and leaving it at that as it may not turn out as expected. There are certain tricks that come in handy to know about. Baking is one thing, but the frosting is another, and we have compiled a few tips to help you get it right the next time…
Many people tend to make the mistake of spreading out the frosting atop the cupcakes the moment they are out of the oven. reign in that excitement as this is wrong and will only create a disaster for you.
When your cupcakes are finished and removed from the oven, you must first let them cool before you venture to add the frosting. Bear in mind the icing is mostly fluff, and as such, the heat from the cakes will cause it to melt away.
Also, the cakes are still soft, so any load that goes on top will cause them to sink or become lopsided. In addition to those issues, cupcakes tend to fall while it is cooling, so if you frost then, it might become uneven after drying. We know that’s not what you are seeking!
Wiping Versus Spreading Cupcake Frosting
When it is safe to add the frosting, you may take it from storage and do your thing. However, for most, the question remains whether it is safer to wipe or spread your frosting on your cupcakes. We have done some research on the way many bakers do their thing and have realized the following:
How To Frost A Cupcake: Spreading
For many, they agree that spreading is more comfortable and more effective as the size and texture of the cupcake is too delicate for wiping. They believe it will result in the cakes becoming crushed or damaged in the process. Also, spreading will give more room for designs to be in place more effectively.
How To Frost A Cupcake : Wiping
Others believe wiping is much better as it allows for the one to add the frosting to the cupcake without giving it an “overcrowded” look. Wiping also requires a little extra work in order not to put pressure on the cupcakes and cause them to squeeze in.
Storing Your Frosting & Cupcakes
When you frost your cupcakes, it sits a while before it is ready to be eaten. This waiting process helps the frosting to dry and set in. Usually, when cakes are frosted, they are consumed within hours or a day the most.
But when you frost your cupcake, ensure you bear in mind what the ingredients were. Naturally, a cupcake can sit up to one or two days, but recommended that frosting that has dairy products or eggs should be refrigerated immediately when done.
This action helps to maintain the quality of the ingredients and which is proven to be healthier. Cupcakes are light, and the ingredients used are generally delicate items. Depending on where your cupcakes are stored, they may have a long life with almost the same rich taste as when baked initially.
For room temperature, it can stay for 1-2 days, in your refrigerator, up to seven days, and in a freezer, anywhere from 4-6 months.
Bear in mind: the longer you keep them in the fridge – the more they will dry out. Room temp is usually the best option.
Many different tips are available for your piping bags, and this gives a wide variety of designs you can choose to use. There are no limits when it comes to how you decorate, or in what style, so careful bag loading is essential (not too much, which can cause pulp or too little, which can negatively impact the stability of the bag to pour out the frosting).
Just look at what you can do with piping tips, and how to frost a cupcake with them:
A Few Interesting Frostings You May Want To Try
There are countless amounts of frostings available to try, and, of course, they all come with flair and a touch of exquisite taste. We have compiled a few frosting recipes you can try that will bring flavor to your cupcakes and leave your friends wanting more. Here are a few you can try…
1/2 cup of softened butter
8 ounces of cream cheese
4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoon of vanilla
Add the butter and cream cheese in a bowl and mix until both ingredients are well blended. You then add the sugar and vanilla and continue stirring until the mixture becomes creamy to the touch. Once done, get to frosting!
2 cups of softened butter
1 teaspoon of almond extract
2 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
1 jar marshmallow creme (13 ounces)
In a bowl, cream butter until it has a soft and fluffy texture (an electric mixer will get it done correctly). Slowly add the almond extract and then the sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Once the ingredients have blended in, add the marshmallow creme and stir in until it sits in seamlessly.
Whisk butter and peanut butter in a mixing bowl until it has a smooth, creamy texture (you may use an electronic mixer for this). Add the sugar 1/2 cups at a time, and once it starts to thicken, add the milk the spoon at a time. Once thick and spreadable in texture, whisk for another 3-5 minutes with mixer until it is fluffy.