What can I mix in store bought can frosting to make it lighter and tone down the sweetness? Frosting as in the typical two layer round cake type frosting. And lighter as in fluffier or less dense, not the color. Thanks
I like to add cream cheese (softened and well creamed before adding it to the frosting to avoid lumps – zapping it in the microwave and stirring until creamy works well when short on time) and room temperature butter to my canned frostings. Finish it off with a dash of rum, brandy, vanilla, or a flavored extract and no one will be able to tell that it started with a tub of store-bought frosting!! You can add other ingredients as well such as confectioners’ sugar, Dream Whip, corn syrup, maple syrup, vanilla syrup… just use your imagination and keep tasting it as you go. Once you’ve gotten it to taste yummy, STOP!! Too much of a good thing is good for nothing.
Keep whipping the frosting to get it fluffy. But, if it gets too warm and starts to lose volume you can put the bowl in the refrigerator for a few minutes to chill. Bring it out of the refrigerator and whip again until fluffy.
As for making an icing to decorate cookies…
Try melting some white chocolate. You can add food coloring to some of the chocolate for variations. I’ve found the chocolate to cool and harden faster than the meringue icing. I like using the meringue powder when I know that there is enough time for the icing to set and harden. I am so bad, my temptations know no time! Yes, I am the type to touch a freshly painted wall to see if the paint has dried yet!!