Not so sweet…Store-bought Frosting

Please, please, please DO NOT EVER, EVER buy store bought frosting.  These are the top 3-5 ingredients of them all (yes, I looked at all of the labels of the Betty Crocker and Pillsbury frosting varieties):

Sugar (no-no)

Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil (BIG NO-NO)

High Maltose Corn Syrup (another big no-no)

Not to mention a ton of artificial colors and flavorings, such as: Yellows 5&6, Red 40, etc, and a bunch of other additives.

Frosting is super easy to make.  Please see my Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.  Yes, I know it has powdered sugar and that ingredient is breaking my rules, but if you are making your child’s birthday cake or back-to-school cupcakes for teachers or other special occasional treat, this is a much better alternative.  If you only use it a couple of times a year, it’s ok.

As Michael Pollan says in his book, Food Rules.  Rule 39: “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”  However, please do not make better-for-you cookies and cakes every week.  Another great rule in the book…Rule 60 : “Treat treats as treats.”




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  1. […] This is a frosting recipe that does not have trans fat, artificial dyes, or additives. I know it has sugar and breaks one of my rules, but I recognize that sometimes you want to frost a cake for a special occasion or child’s birthday.  Try this recipe, but whatever you do…DO NOT purchase store-bought frosting.  Click here to read why. […]

  2. […] This not a perfect recipe (it has sugar), but it is much better than store-bought icing.  See my post about store-bought frosting. […]

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