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There are things you can do that can make icing cakes easier. This page contains cake frosting tips and tricks.


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March 26, 2015

Use chocolate chips for an easy frosting. While your cake or brownies are still warm, put chocolate chips on let sit a few minutes to warm them. Once they begin to melt, spread with a table knife.

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November 6, 2009

When my mother used to have friends over in the evening she wanted to serve a snack (cake and coffee) but most of them were elderly and would turn down the cake because of the frosting.

The problem was solved by using a round single layer cake. Buy 8-inch doilies, place a doily on top of the cake, and sprinkled it lightly with confectioner's sugar. Remove the doily and you have a lacy design on the cake without all of the icing.


By Clynn Altemus from Inglis, FL

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By 2 found this helpful
October 28, 2008

When frosting a cake with a rubber spatula, first dip in some warm water then proceed to frost. It helps apply smoothly and and preventing little pieces of the cake from coming off. Reapply the dipping method as needed.

Source: My mother taught me this years and years ago.

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March 8, 2013

Here is a tip when having to prepare a quick powdered sugar frosting, whether your recipe is homemade or store bought. I take a spoonful of Jello powder and add it to the beginning mix. You get your flavor and color. I buy my basic flavors, open the box and put into a jelly jar. I find generic does not color or flavor as well as the name brand Jello.


For the extra step to be prepared, spin the jello powder in the blender/bullet, etc for superfine. I can make a whole 2 lb. powdered sugar recipe and separate into small tupperware bowls, add the color and flavor wanted and then store in fridge several months.

Whether needing to pipe some cupcakes, or a quick swish on a cookie, I got it ready. I have a special chocolate bourbon cupcake recipe that either raspberry and orange are delicious with.

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May 12, 2008

To frost a cake easier, after baking, cool and remove the cake from the pan, wrap a layer in wax paper, and freeze.

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By 2 found this helpful
July 15, 2011

Lemon juice and some powdered sugar will make a nice glaze for a plain cake or quick bread. Just put a cup of sifted powdered sugar and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a bowl.

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December 3, 20052 found this helpful

Sprinkle chocolate chips on your cake/cupcakes just a few minutes before they are done. Then just spread the chocolate across the top after they are melted and the cake is baked.

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January 22, 20150 found this helpful

I want to learn to decorate cupcakes. Can I use store bought frosting instead of homemade. Seems like in all the videos I've watched, they are using homemade.


By Lola C.


January 22, 20150 found this helpful

You can certainly use canned frosting to learn how to decorate cakes. However, for quality and taste (in my opinion) the best frosting, icing etc., is home made using fresh ingredients.

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December 18, 20130 found this helpful

I bought canned icing, but after a while the icing started melting. I usually buy the rich and creamy or whipped one. What can I add or do for this not to happen again?

By Myrna


March 22, 20180 found this helpful


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November 27, 20172 found this helpful

Everyone likes a smooth deliciously sweet whipped frosting on their cakes and cookies. Use the tips for preventing grainy frosting when baking.

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April 30, 20180 found this helpful

Your cake must be cool before you frost it so the icing does not melt. This is a page about how do I prevent cake frosting from melting?

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February 10, 20180 found this helpful

An easy way to color store bought frosting to customize it for your cake or cupcakes, is to use gel food color. This is a page about coloring store bought frosting.

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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

Whipping store bought frosting with your mixer will increase its volume and give you more frosting for the money. This is a page about whip store bought frosting.

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March 22, 20170 found this helpful

If your cupcake icing is running off your cupcakes, you may not have cooled the cupcake down enough. This is a page about icing too runny.

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Homemade cream cheese glaze can liven up many baked goods. This is a page about making a cream cheese glaze.

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