Frosting Substitutes

What can you substitute for Frosting? Learn several quick and easy substitutes for frosting listed in the table below. This is a common question when you've made a cake and have no cans of that ready made frosting in your cupboard. There are many different kinds of substitutions for frosting that can be easily whipped up in a flash with ingredients you've probably got in your pantry.

So, if you need a frosting substitute or a icing substitute, use this table to substitute for frosting or substitute for icing on your cake.

Frosting Substitutes

Amount Substitute
Butter Cream Frosting substitute 1 Cup Beat 4 Tablespoons room temperature butter +Plus 3 Cups Confectioners Sugar +Plus 2 Tablespoons Milk or Cream +Plus 1 teaspoon vanilla - beat until smooth
Frosting substitute Any Whipped Cream
*OR* Fresh Fruit and a Fruit GLaze
*OR* Melt some Hot Fudge from a jar on the stove or microwave (do NOT boil, just warm slightly so it is liquid) and pour over the cake
*OR* Pudding
*OR* Jello

But remember, when making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results. Substitutions for frosting will alter the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished cake - so experiment and try different combinations, your frosting substitute may become your frosting staple.

To find out how long frosting lasts, visit our how long does frosting last page.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.