How to Drizzle Canned Frosting

by Jenny Harrington
Almost any flavor of canned frosting can make a suitable drizzling glaze.

Almost any flavor of canned frosting can make a suitable drizzling glaze.

A glaze provides a sweet coating for baked goods that isn't as heavy or overpowering in flavor as frosting. Sugar cookies, bundt cakes and petite fours are just a few baked goods that benefit from a light glaze instead of a heavy frosting. If you don't have time or the desire to whip up a glaze from scratch, canned frosting can provide an alternative to drizzle over your favorite sweets. Choose a creamy frosting instead of whipped; whipped frosting tends to separate or turn watery, so it isn't suitable for drizzling.

Measure the amount of canned frosting needed into a microwave-safe bowl. Use 1/3 cup for one dozen cookies or cupcakes, or 2/3 cup for a cake. Heat the glaze in separate batches if your recipe requires more than 2/3 cup.

Heat the frosting in the microwave on high heat for 10 seconds for each 1/3 cup of frosting. Stir the frosting with a spoon immediately after heating. Continue to heat in five-second intervals, stirring between each, until the glaze reaches the desired consistency. A proper drizzling glaze should drip thickly from the spoon without becoming watery.

Fill the bowl of a spoon with the prepared glaze. Hold the spoon over the top of the baked good and tilt it slightly so the glaze drizzles out, moving the spoon around for an even drizzle. If the glaze begins to harden before you finish drizzling, reheat it for an additional five seconds.

Items you will need
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon


  • Make the glaze in a saucepan on the stove, if preferred. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.

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