How Can I Flavor Ready-Made Cake Frosting?


Extracts and food coloring can transform ready-made vanilla or plain white cake frosting into a tasty customized topping. These canned toppings are available in the baking aisle of grocery stores in both whipped and creamy versions. Choose the texture to match your cake.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup chocolate baking chips or candy melts (optional)
  • Microwave-safe bowl (optional)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (optional)
  • 1-1/2 cups ready-made cake frosting
  • Spatula
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon flavoring extract
  • Food coloring
  • 1/2 cup chopped candies or nuts (optional)
  • Microwave flavored baking chips in a microwave-safe bowl for three minutes on low power, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Fold the melted chips into the icing with a spatula. Alternatively, mix the peanut butter into the cake frosting.

  • Fold the flavoring extract into the cake frosting with a spatula.

  • Mix in food coloring until the desired hue is reached.

  • Add chopped candies or nuts as desired.

  • Spread the frosting over the cake.

Tips & Warnings

  • Replace flavoring extract with a tablespoon of your favorite fruit juice.
  • Try peanut butter, vanilla, chocolate-mint or butterscotch flavoring chips or candy melts instead of chocolate.

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