How to Heat Frosting

by Maya Black

Glaze adds a shimmery look and extra sweetness to baked goods like Bundt cakes and brownies. You can make a glaze by heating water, confectioner's sugar and a little flavoring, but a homemade glaze requires some know-how to get it just right. To save time, buy a can of store-bought frosting and heat it up to make a delectably creamy, pourable glaze. Heating up frosting is also an effective way to use leftovers from other baked goods.

Spoon as much frosting as you need into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it on high for about five to 10 seconds. Take the frosting out of the microwave and stir it with a spatula, so that any remaining lumps melt. When you scoop up some frosting, it should run off the spatula like a thick sauce -- similar to ganache. You may need to heat it for a few more seconds, depending how much you have in the bowl, but it should take no more than 45 seconds.

If you don't have a microwave, place a saucepan on the stove over low heat. Spoon the frosting into the pan.

Stir the frosting continuously as it warms up, which may only take a few minutes depending on your heat source and the type of saucepan you use. Remove it from the heat when it has the consistency of a thick sauce and pour it over your baked goods.

Items you will need
  • Can of frosting
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Saucepan (optional)
  • Spatula


  • If the frosting gets too thin, let it cool and thicken to the consistency of a sauce before pouring it on the cake. If it's too thin, the cake will absorb it and become mushy.


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