This recipe was given to my grandmother in the late 1950s, just before she married my grandfather.
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frosting the top of a 9x13 cake or 24 cupcakes
So You Have a Cake...
Now you just need to top it! However, sometimes picking a frosting for your cake isn't always easy. Not to mention making it. Canned frosting is convenient but isn't exactly made with the healthiest ingredients, but making frosting at home can be a trial all its own. It doesn't have to be that way though!
With this simple recipe for whipped cream frosting, you can have a nice light topping that can also hold up to most piping and won't melt when out for a party. In this article, I will be providing step by step pictures as some decorating ideas for your treats!
What You'll Need
For this frosting you'll need only a few ingredients.
- 1 Quart Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 Box (3.4 oz) Instant Jell-o Pudding
- 1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
The Jell-o pudding can be any flavor that you like, which makes this frosting useful for all sorts of flavor combos!
Step One: Pour the heavy whipping cream into a stand mixer.
Place all of your whipping cream into your stand mixer. If you don't have one, you can always use a large bowl with an electric hand mixer. It will do what you need to do but be careful, it can be a bit more messy using the hand mixer.
Step Two: Pour jell-o mix into the whipping cream and then beat until it starts to thicken.
Step Three: Once the mixture is thickened a bit, slowly pour in the powdered sugar.
You'll want to be careful here, things can get a bit messy when mixing in the powdered sugar. If you are doing this with a hand mixer, be extra careful! A nice tip to keep your bowl from moving on you while you are pouring in the sugar is to place it on a folded dish towel. It will keep it from moving around on your counter as you are mixing slowly with the hand beater and pouring in the sugar. If that method is a bit much for you, you can always have someone pour in the sugar for you while you are mixing and holding the bowl!
The mixture will look like it does in the video below!
Step Four: Once all the powdered sugar is in, mix until it is completely stiffened.
You want the mixture to be thick enough to pipe and hold its shape once the sugar is in. Whipping it more will give you what you need. You'll be looking for it to form peeks when you pull your whipping attachment, or hand mixer, out of it.
Time to Frost!
Once that is all done, you are ready to go! You can use it a number of ways. You can spread it over a sheet cake in a nice layer, use it for filling or topping on a layer cake, and even pipe it into or onto cupcakes! It's multipurpose and definitely worth the little bit of effort you have to put in to make it. When I first used it I found so easy to make and even better to eat! Just remember that this is whipped cream frosting. Anything that has it will need to be kept in the fridge until served, especially if you are making it the day before!
For a few quick decorating ideas, I recommend taking a look at the pictures below. For some I have used piping tips and plastic piping bags that you can find at any local craft store. If you need a larger tip or bigger piping bags, I recommend checking around online! Amazon is a great source for decorating tools that isn't too expensive and won't have you driving all over town to find the right thing! If you don't have anything like that and aren't looking to own any tools just yet, you can always snip the corner off of a gallon ziploc. It's cheap and you'll get pretty close to that pipping tip look that you might desire.
These designs are being done on cupcakes, but you can easily use them on layer and sheet cakes if you want. Just have fun and be creative!
Once you've decorated your cake or cupcakes, you're ready to go! This frosting is great for both serving right away, and serving the next day. As I have said before, make sure to keep anything with this frosting in the fridge if it is not being served right away. Since it contains dairy, it can technically spoil if left out at room temperature for too long. If you want to save some of the frosting, you can store it in a plastic container in your fridge. Keep an eye on it though, just like milk it won't last forever. Though, I really doubt you'll have to worry about it going to waste, as this frosting is good on just about every sweet treat, even ice cream!
So go on and give it a try, and feel free to try different flavors of pudding as well! You just might discover you new favorite flavor combo!