Softening frosting is a must if you have to ice spongy soft or moist and tender homemade cupcakes or cakes. Some brands of pre-made frosting, while quick and convenient, are denser than others, and all brands tend to harden when refrigerated or stored in a cool pantry. Luckily, there are a few swift, simple methods to soften pre-made frosting.
Achieving Silky Pre-Made Frosting
The simplest method of softening frosting is to allow the can of frosting to come to room temperature; stir before using. For softer frosting that is roughly the consistency of mousse, microwave the entire container of frosting for 15 to 30 seconds. Pre-made frosting typically come in microwave-safe plastic containers, but be sure to remove the lid and foil before microwaving. If you desire extra-creamy frosting, mix in some instant pudding and milk. Beat on medium speed for a minute.
Born in New York City, Tremaine Jackson has been in theater, dance and music since age 12, when he appeared in Liz Swados' "Swing" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is also an award winning children's recording artist. He writes fiction and poetry in his spare time.