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Cool Whip Frosting

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Give this easy Cool Whip frosting a try the next time you are looking for a unique and tasty frosting option.
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  1. Cool Whip Frosting Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Cool Whip Frosting Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This Cool Whip frosting is one of the best things ever and is utterly addictive. It’s a light, creamy and fluffy frosting that is incredibly simple to make, and it goes perfectly with nearly any cake or cupcake.

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Cool Whip Frosting Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant pudding (whatever flavor frosting you need)
  • 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup cold whole milk
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub of Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PUDDING: You can use any flavor of instant pudding in this creamy frosting.

COLOR: Add a few drops of food coloring to tint your frosting in a rainbow of delightful colors, depending on the color of cake or cupcakes you need.

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How to Make This Cool Whip Frosting Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Don’t forget to thaw the Cool Whip ahead of time so that it is the right consistency for this recipe.

STEP ONE: Using a medium-sized mixing bowl and a hand mixer on low speed, add the cold milk and powdered sugar. Beat for 30 seconds to combine. 

PRO TIP:

If it is humid where you are, make sure to sift the powdered sugar before using it.

powdered sugar and milk blended together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Sprinkle in the instant pudding mix and beat for 1 to 1½ minutes, until thickened. Set it aside for 3 minutes.

pudding added to the powdered sugar and milk mixture in a bowl

STEP THREE: Fold in the thawed whipped topping until thoroughly combined. Tightly cover, or transfer to an airtight container until ready to use.

PRO TIP:

If your kitchen is particularly warm, you can return this Cool Whip pudding frosting to the refrigerator to re-chill periodically while frosting your baked goods.

whipped topping folded in a bowl

How To Serve

This delicious frosting is a great option for all your birthday cakes, cupcakes, or everyday cakes. Of course, every cake needs ice cream on the side and our vanilla ice cream or birthday cake ice cream are two sweet choices.

Our strawberry cream cheese frosting is another excellent choice to frost all of your baked goods. Our vanilla cupcakes are the perfect dessert to use this fluffy frosting on.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Keep any leftovers of this whipped cream frosting in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Keep whatever you are decorating in the refrigerator, as well.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze leftover frosting for up to a month. Just make sure to thaw it in the fridge for about an hour before using it.

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Cool Whip frosting is every bit as creamy and delicious as traditional frosting, but it takes less time to make. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any extra Cool Whip you have on hand. Whether you’re making a cake, cupcakes, or cookies, Cool Whip frosting is sure to be a hit.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I turn this into colored frosting?

This easy recipe can be changed to your desired color with just a few drops of food coloring.

Do I have to keep cakes with this Cool Whip frosting in the fridge?

Any cakes or cupcakes decorated with this Cool Whip with pudding frosting need to be stored in the fridge.

Can I store the leftover frosting in the freezer?

This easy frosting can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. Let it thaw for about an hour in the fridge before using it.

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Cool Whip Frosting

5 from 3 votes
Give this easy Cool Whip frosting a try the next time you are looking for a unique and tasty frosting option.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 3.4 ounces instant pudding (whatever flavor frosting you need)
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup cold whole milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed

Instructions
 

  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on low speed, add the cold milk and powdered sugar. Beat for 30 seconds to combine.
  • Sprinkle in the instant pudding mix and beat for 1 to 1½ minutes, until thickened. Set it aside for 3 minutes.
  • Fold in the thawed whipped topping until thoroughly combined. Tightly cover, or transfer to an airtight container until ready to use.

Notes

  • Don’t forget to thaw the Cool Whip ahead of time so that it is the right consistency for this recipe.
  • If it is humid where you are, make sure to sift the powdered sugar before using it.
  • If your kitchen is particularly warm, you can return this Cool Whip pudding frosting to the refrigerator to re-chill periodically while frosting your baked goods.

Nutrition

Sodium: 282mg | Calcium: 130mg | Vitamin A: 155IU | Sugar: 57g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 174mg | Cholesterol: 9mg | Calories: 369kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 61g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Donna Bizub says

    5 stars
    So excited to try this, what texture/consistency does the final product have? Does it have stiff peaks? or soft like Cool Whip is? Thx – Donna

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