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    Can I thicken store bought icing?

    Jamie1094
    Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:36 pm
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    Hello again!

    Another question...sorry... icon_redface.gif

    I am planning to make Red Velvet Whoopie Pie for a family get together. Since it will mostly be children eating it I would prefer to just use store bought icing since I know they will all like the taste of that. But I'm affraid it will be too thin to hold up the other side of the cookie.

    Do ya'll know of any ways to thicken it without changing the flavor too much? I thought about maybe adding some marshmellow fluff or non flavored geletin? But I have no idea really...i'm not much of a baker.

    Thanks for any help ya'll can give!
    Jamie
    Charmed
    Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:15 pm
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    Add powdered sugar until you get the consistency you want. Taste it and add more vanilla if need be.
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    Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:01 pm
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    Jamie1094 wrote:
    Hello again!

    Another question...sorry... icon_redface.gif

    I am planning to make Red Velvet Whoopie Pie for a family get together. Since it will mostly be children eating it I would prefer to just use store bought icing since I know they will all like the taste of that. But I'm affraid it will be too thin to hold up the other side of the cookie.

    Do ya'll know of any ways to thicken it without changing the flavor too much? I thought about maybe adding some marshmellow fluff or non flavored geletin? But I have no idea really...i'm not much of a baker.

    Thanks for any help ya'll can give!
    Jamie


    Whoopie pie filling is more like the filling that's in Twinkies or Ho-Hos. I would think you would want to make the store bought icing thinner, not thicker. Anyway, if you want to make store bought icing thicker you can add cornstarch to it without it changing the taste.
    Jamie1094
    Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:59 am
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    Thanks a bunch!

    I had this neat treat a work recently and the filling was made with marshmellow cream. It was really thick and held the two "cookies" apart nicely so you could see the cream filling. The taste of the filling was a little strange to me though and I really don't think the kids would have liked it very much. I just bought a couple of things of vanilla icing and I'm going to play with both suggestions (the corn starch and the con. sugar) I would have never thought of corn starch. I thought that had to be heated to work. Learn somthing new every day!

    Thanks again!
    Jamie
    Citruholic
    Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:28 am
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    As mentioned, cornstarch will help thicken up that store-bought icing a little bit. I wouldn't add powdered sugar. Store-bought icing is super sweet to begin with, and adding more sugar is liable to take it over the top.....sugar coma! icon_smile.gif

    When I worked at the bakery we made icing in the big Hobart mixer, 100-lb. batches as a time. At our decorating stations we'd have 1/2 gal pails that we'd mix the liquid coloring paste into each for the colors we wanted. It always took a LOT of red paste to get that deep rich red color, and using even paste it made the icing thinner, and made piping roses difficult. Adding cornstarch was our little trick. As stated earlier, it won't change the taste, and is much better than adding more sugar (as if there's not enough in there already!)

    I've heard with store-bought icing that if you bring it home and dump it in your mixer and whip it on high speed, you can get 2x the volume out of it....no doubt by incorporating more air into the product. But I'd do that, then start adding cornstarch and see if that helped. I'd sift it to prevent lumps from forming. Good luck.
    firefly68
    Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:39 am
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    Gee, wouldn't it be a whole lot easier (and cheaper) to just make some frosting?? And no high fructose corn syrup to worry about if you do it yourself. What kid would NOT like homemade frosting made with real butter and vanilla?
    Jamie1094
    Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:48 am
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    Thank you all for your great suggestions! I spent a HUGE portion of my day yesterday playing with different icing combinations and when all was said and done went with a homemade marshmellow fluff icing. I found that by making it that way and then refrigerating the final assembled product it really holds its shape. (The top and bottom don't slide off and the icing dosen't ooze out when you bite it) I also found that if you make the homemade style fluff icing and stir in a few spoon fulls of store bought you can get some awsome flavors and colors!

    Thanks again!
    Jamie icon_biggrin.gif
    ~Monica~
    Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:08 pm
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    icon_razz.gif So yesterday we had a Birthday Bash at our home. Early yesterday morning I read all of these threads and chose to use canned frosting and cornstarch to thicken and fluff up the frosting at the same time. It worked like a charm. I made cupcakes and pipped on the frosting. From Michael's, I found color mist spray and large sprinkes. I put them on a couple of cupcake trees and they looked awesome!! I was very proud of myself. Many people asked me where I bought them and where shocked to hear that "I" made them. It is a definate 'do again'.
    adopt a greyhound
    Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:38 pm
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    A while back I made Wicked Whoopie Pies for a treat and they came out great. The cookie and the filling were delicious. I took some to school to share and they also thought they were great.
    ggirl30741
    Mon May 21, 2012 6:17 pm
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    when adding cornstarch to the store bought frosting do you just make the cornstarch as normal (mixing with water) or do you just add the cornstarch dry?
    duonyte
    Mon May 21, 2012 6:29 pm
    Forum Host
    You would add it dry . You are not cooking the icing - so putting in a cornstarch solution would not help.
    ggirl30741
    Mon May 21, 2012 6:30 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    thank you
    TryingToBake
    Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:00 pm
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    How much cornstarch are you using per can of frosting?
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