5 Minute Fancy Frosting

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5 Minute Fancy Frosting Tutorial from @KatrinasKitchen

I’ll just say it- I prefer to make homemade frosting. But I always have a can or 2 on hand for emergencies. I have been known to run out of powdered sugar, {gasp} and then what’s a girl to do?! Here’s the thing- I don’t feel guilty about it- and neither should you. Through the years I have learned a few tricks to make canned frosting look pretty fancy and FAST.

I used to spoon my frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 1M cake decorating tip. If you want to up the fancy factor you can put different colors into the bag and pipe as usual. I recently saw this tutorial from Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle about a no-mess way to pipe Royal Icing. I thought that this would be a super-easy way to pipe beautiful swirls onto cupcakes.

5 Minute Fancy Frosting Tutorial from @KatrinasKitchen

Let’s please ignore the fact that the following pictures are the most unappetizing pictures of frosting that were ever posted on any blog anywhere. Here’s what you do:

5 Minute Fancy Frosting Tutorial from @KatrinasKitchen

Easy peasy! Fancy frosting finished in 5 minutes. 😉

5 Minute Fancy Frosting Tutorial from @KatrinasKitchen

5 Minute Fancy Frosting

It only take 5 minutes to turn out fancy swirls of frosting onto cupcakes and cakes


  • Frosting 2 or more colors
  • Plastic wrap
  • Piping bag


  • Color your frosting 2 (3, 4, etc.) different colors.
  • Lay out a piece of plastic wrap or a Ziplock baggie cut open and spread wide.
  • Spoon your frosting into long strips.
  • Wrap up the frosting, thread through a piping bag fitted with a coupler.
  • Cut off the excess plastic and insert a decorating tip.
  • Pipe onto cupcakes or cake!

5 Minute Fancy Frosting Tutorial from @KatrinasKitchen

PS: These cute little cakes were turned into Camo Cupcakes for my baby brother.  But don’t call them cute, and don’t call him a baby because he is a teenager and he would despise you if you called him that. Happy birthday, Chris!  The army men are Toy Story 3 gummies that I got at Wal-Mart 😉

- Katrina

6 Responses to “5 Minute Fancy Frosting”

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    Lindsey — February 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    So cute!! I love the idea of combining multiple frosting colors. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Lily — November 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you for this tip! SOOO much better than wasting extra piping bags that just go inside another one!

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    Emma — September 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Great idea! I’m going to try this for my brother as well 🙂

  4. #
    Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) — February 23, 2015 at 6:59 am

    That’s such a great trick!!! I will definitely try that!

  5. #
    KY — May 7, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for this great tip!!

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    Ej — February 13, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Great tip, thanks heaps worked a treat!!🧁🙂🧁

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