Day 38 – Your New Favorite Frosting


Get ready to discover your new favorite frosting. Seriously.


Vanilla pudding packet – Any size will do, but I went with a small box.


Cool Whip


Mix one vanilla pudding packet with half of the milk called for on the package. Whisk until it begins to thicken. Fold in one container of Cool Whip. Now lick the spoon. YUM!

Yes, that’s the amount of frosting that I licked from my spoon. It’s THAT good. I used this amazing concoction to frost my cupcakes from yesterday. The combination was dreamy. Make this frosting, and make it soon!

Be sure to check out the original pin below too. She has lots of other suggestions for how you can use this wonderful stuff.

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  1. I like pudding pies which are basically the same….pudding, milk and cool whip. Never thought about it as frosting though, guess the proportions are just a bit different to get the right consistency!

  2. Ooo definitely trying this!

  3. My mom used to make a cake with this frosting. Except she used lemon pudding… Soooooo DELICIOUS!!!

  4. My mom has been making this frosting since I was a kid!!!! It’s still my favorite! 🙂

    • This recipe saved my reputation on Thanks Giving Day I make stawberry cheesecakes every holiday but this time I made a carmel fudge pecan cheesecake also. I needed a great presentation, because my sister always over shines me with desserts, but this time my cheesecakes with cool whip flowers was the talk of the evening. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Oooooh so fun! Can’t wait to try it!!

  6. I’ve made this also, used only 1/4 cup of milk, mix,then add 1/4 cup of vodka, rum, or kahlua or your favorite liquor, put in shot cups, pudding shots mmmmmmrmmmm. You can freeze these with lids on them and have them anytime or make ahead of time for a party.

  7. does it need to stay refrigerated?

  8. This may be a silly qestion, but wouldn’t the cake/cupcakes need to be refrigerated because of the cool whip?

    • Yes, Shawn, I actually did refrigerate them because I was thinking the same thing. Next time, I think I’ll frost them as I need them so the cupcakes don’t have to stay in the fridge. Though they were still great cool!

  9. Is this ‘frosting’ really thin, or is it nice and thick enough you can pipe it on? If thinner, do you think using whole milk or 1% would make it thicker?

    • Jill, this frosting is pretty thick. What kind of piping were you thinking of doing? I just piped it from a plastic bag and it worked great. It definitely has a different texture than other frosting though because it’s so light and fluffy from the Cool Whip.

  10. Using cheese cake pudding is very good too! I lost my box of vanilla once, all I had was cheese cake, not a bad mistake lol!

  11. I’m all over this……and perhaps I’ll add a table spoon of peanut butter to it. Thanks!

  12. how much milk do you use? it does not say. i cant wait to try this. looks easy to do!

  13. Sounds Absolutely delicious Most frostings are way too sweet but this sounds like it would be just right.

  14. This looks amazing! I really want to try it!

  15. Do you use instant or cooked pudding?

  16. made this tonight….I think next time I’ll use two small packages than one. I used sugar free pudding, fat free cool whip and coconut milk and it was really sweet to me! Too sweet actually >___<. but maybe my taste buds are changing (I don't eat sweets like I used too!). I kinda wish the consistency was thicker, but I think another package would work (or maybe 2 more!) BUT I definitely give it a 3 out of 5! Also do you know how long it keeps in the fridge? Should I freeze it (can I?) just in case?

  17. This is also the GREATEST filling for a double layer cake!

  18. This looks VERY similar to a dip I make for fruit. I end up dipping fruit, oreos and whatever else in it because its sooooo good. I never thought about making it a frosting…of course that would be good! The only difference in my recipe is I add kahlua. You should try it….you wont regret it. 🙂

  19. This is what we used to make banana pudding with when I was in college. Just layer with Nilla Wafers and bananas. Glad to know it makes a good frosting…and the variations all sound wonderful.

  20. I just made a 2 ingredient Pumpkin Cake and used this frosting recipe… H-E-A-V-E-N!
    I will definitely use this with other cakes as well. The left I put in the freezer for a ice cream-y treat

  21. I so agree with you on this!! I been doing this for years 🙂

  22. Mom and I used to make this all of the time and dip graham crackers in it. We’d also make it with French Vanilla pudding instead of the regular vanilla.

  23. I just found Sugar Free White Chocolate instant pudding…. Oh my god.

  24. This turned out PERFECT when I used about 2/3 of the tub of lite Cool Whp. I also threw in a packet of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations. It adds a flavor to any plain icing. I did it with Cinnamon Roll flavor but you there are tons of options….Cherry Vanilla, Mocha, Apple Pie, Strawberry Shortcake……YUM!!!!!!!!!

  25. Would this work as a frosting for a tiered cake, or is it thick enough for that? I could just keep the cake in the fridge until serving.

    • As long as you keep it refrigerated, it should be okay. You probably wouldn’t be able to layer it too thick either. Let us know if you try it though. I would love to hear if it works out!

  26. Tried this (found you from a different blog or someone’s pinterest board, I think) and I LOVED it. I’ve made this before sans milk, but the milk makes all the difference. Love it!!!! I also added coconut, which goes nicely with my pineapple angel food cake which I also found all over the internet :).

  27. I just realized I have been doing this without the milk! But it still is ridiculously awesome! I haven’t used frosting since I found your post,

  28. How do I get white icing. I’m using vanilla pudding and it is yellow. Not what I was going for.

  29. So, will, the color be that, yellowish?

  30. Delishious…we use it on chocolate grams for a snack!

  31. I’m a first-time baker (!) and I loved this recipe. It was easy to follow and delicious. Made a batch of cupcakes for my husband’s birthday and took them into his office.

  32. How well does this icing hold up? Will it melt during an outside birthday day party?

  33. Omg !! Made this and now I won’t go back to store bought frosting again. Thanks soooooooo much

  34. Can you add fresh fruit to this?

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