Canned frosting does not come in many flavors. Most are variations of chocolate, vanilla, cream cheese and other common varieties. When wanting something different than those available in stores, start with vanilla. You can easily flavor ordinary canned frosting in countless ways. Many of these simple additions will add color as well, and they will make your favorite frosted desserts look and taste more like they took lots of effort to make.
Stir in Nutella Hazelnut Spread
If you want delicious chocolate frosting and you only have canned vanilla, pull out a jar of Nutella hazelnut spread. Stir in as much Nutella spread as desired. The more that you add, the more it will look and taste like rich chocolate with a hint of hazelnut. Since Nutella is fairly thick, the finished product should not turn out too thin. If necessary, thicken it after adding the spread by adding confectioner’s sugar just one tablespoon at a time. Keep in mind that a little goes a very long way.
Add Powdered Unsweetened Drink Mix
With the addition of unsweetened drink mix, canned vanilla frosting can be completely transformed. Not only will it change the taste, but it will also become vibrantly tinted like the purple cupcake in the photo. Thoroughly stir in a teaspoon at a time until achieving the desired flavor. It can be subtle or intense. You can easily create a rainbow of colors and dozens of different flavors. Combine more than one kind to create something unique. To avoid wasting frosting, experiment with small carefully measured amounts to achieve the perfect recipe for topping or filling your delicious homemade treats.
Stir in Carmel Ice Cream Topping
Canned vanilla frosting can be turned into caramel with the addition of thick, rich ice cream topping. Thoroughly stir in caramel sauce. Many grocery stores stock it in a small section of shelving next to or near the freezers that hold ice cream. Keep it on hand, not just for topping ice cream, but also for creating many other easy desserts.
Make Citrus Frosting with Orange Drink Mix
If you are looking for an easy way to transform vanilla frosting into a creamy citrus topping or filling, stir in sweetened orange drink mix. Tang is ideal. Add a little at a time until you achieve the desired level of orange flavor. It will be lightly tinted, and it will taste phenomenal. It is especially tasty on chocolate cake. Give it a try along with the other options for adding flavor to canned vanilla frosting. It can taste much better, and it can be flavored to enhance any type of boxed cake mix or other easy treats.
Source: Food Preparation Experience and Experimentation