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Pillsbury Easy Frost Frosting, reviewed

Pillsbury Easy Frost, reviewed

I was pretty skeptical when I tried Pillsbury Easy Frost Frostings because I just don’t care for store-bought frostings too much. They may be easy to use, and it is certainly convenient to have a can in the back of the pantry in case of a cake-frosting emergency, but they tend to be flat and artificial tasting. They don’t compare to the flavor of a quick homemade buttercream. That said, the Easy Frost had an unusual can design to it that promised it would make both frosting and filling cupcakes a breeze because it has a built-in decorator tip on top of the can, so I couldn’t resist giving it a shot.

I’m glad I did because it lived up to its promise of being a “no-fuss frosting.” It piped out easily onto the tops of cupcakes (much easier than any frosting that comes from a standard can!) and you can insert the applicator tip into the cupcake to add a squirt of frosting to the center. The frosting also tasted very good – not just good compared to a canned frosting, either. It was fresh and flavorful. The three varieties I tried, Velvety Cream Cheese, Decadent Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla Dream, all had good flavors and the Cream Cheese and Fudge in particular had a lot more depth to them than I have gotten from other store-bought frostings.

One can will frost a whole two-layer cake (as pictured on my cake above), but the best use is for cupcakes because you can’t beat the convenience of the built-in pastry tip. The cupcakes will look perfect every time. Plus, the can will keep any leftovers fresh until the next time you need frosting. This is one frosting that is worth keeping in the pantry (especially if you have kids who like to decorate and bake), because while I’ll stick to homemade frostings for the most part, I wouldn’t hesitate to use a can of Easy Frost if I had some on hand.

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  • Dave -nibbleanibble
    January 5, 2010

    I’ll give this a try some time, some cans get you know. Pretty dam annoying.

  • Dorothy
    January 5, 2010

    Wow. I’m glad to hear it actually tasted good. I was skeptical of it too, since it looks like a can of hair mousse! 🙂 Thanks for being the guinea pig.

    Also, I want to let you know I’ve given you an award on my blog: http://fuzzykoalacakecompany.blogspot.com I really enjoy reading your posts! I don’t know how you manage to post so often, but keep up the fantastic work! 🙂

  • Cheryl
    January 5, 2010

    I would definitely use this! I actually don’t like frosting that tastes too buttery, so I bet these would be good, and useful, for me! Thanks for posting the review!

  • Collette
    January 5, 2010

    Thanks for reviewing it. I too have the same wariness of purchased frostings but I do trust your judgment so I’m glad you tested this out.

  • Courtney
    January 6, 2010

    Do you have a go-to recipe for frosting that tastes good and is good for decorating too?

  • Julia
    January 6, 2010

    I don’t like canned frosting because it has trans fat in i– not just a little, like 2g per serving. if there’s about 14 servings per can, that’s 28 grams of trans fat PER CAN. Stupid.
    Also, I’ll probably eat half of it at once, and not on cake.
    Does this have trans fat (hydrogenated oils) in it?

  • Kristin
    January 6, 2010

    I have tried this when making lots of cupcakes at once – it is very easy to use but I thought that it tasted just like normal canned frosting – yuck.

  • Beth
    January 7, 2010

    I have to admit that I like the idea of making everything from scratch but sometimes it’s easier just to get something out of a can. I mean, life just gets in the way too much! I have never tried this product but I will have a look out for it.

  • Kelly
    June 29, 2010

    I tried the vanilla icing this past weekend, my guest and I found it revolting. I was totally embarassed, but being that I have great friends, I must make cupcakes again minus the Pillsbury frosting.

  • Marianna Hashorva
    October 13, 2011

    Recently I have searched for Pillsbury Easy Frosting with the built in pastry tips.

    Though I’ve used it several times and really liked the taste and the way it goes on so beautifully, I can’t seem to find it lately.

    Raley’s and Bel Air have switched to Wilton, which I don’t like.
    Can you tell me stores that still carry it???

  • Brianna
    January 3, 2012

    I actually just frosted my cupcakes with this (I like to make homemade frosting, but it’s late and I pulled this out of the pantry). It’s amazing! I just wanted a sweet snack, but I was just expecting it to be alright, not near this good! I’m actually eating some as we speak 🙂

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