Thrifty Tip: Expanding Frosting

Here is a great Thrifty Tip to make your frosting go a lot further!

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake or cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

Now for a yummy recipe to use that frosting on:

Chocolate/Pumpkin Muffins

¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
¼ cup water
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup semisweet choc chips

Preheat oven to 400, grease muffin pan or use paper liners. Mix sugar, oil, eggs.
Add pumpkin and water. In separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda,
baking powder, spices and salt. Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips. Fill
muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Modifications – use one can (15 oz) of pumpkin and just double the
rest of the recipe. Use mini chocolate chips and a mini-muffin pan (yields
about 6 ½ doz). Bake about 12 minutes. Also, an option to leave out the
cloves and nutmeg.


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  1. Miranda says:

    This sounds really good! Will have to try it! Thank you for the tip and recipe!

  2. athena d. says:

    oh goodness. this sounds so yummmyy!

  3. Danielle B says:

    Thank you! Sounds really good.

  4. Thuy Vu says:

    Wow I guess I had never thought about whipping the frosting before. I like that you consume less sugar.

  5. Catalina K says:

    Didn’t know there was such an option, but this definitely sounds economical and worth trying. Thank you for sharing this tip with us.

  6. Jessica Gratz says:

    Oh these sound yummy!

  7. Amy Orvin says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I will have to try these.

  8. Kimberly Hutchins says:

    To help with food cost, I use alot of pasta, Pasta can stretch out meals.

  9. amanda herren says:

    I always buy meats in large family size/bulks because it’s cheaper that way then when I get home I section out for meals, wrap it up in freezer bags and put in freezer. This helps me stretch out food and cost. Thanks!!

  10. What a great idea! I will have to try that because I never have enough icing, but don’t want to buy two!

  11. Sarah Estes says:

    Fantastic Ideas…especially with the cost of frosting these days.

  12. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    Thanks for the great recipe idea and money saving tip!

  13. Camiele says:

    What a good idea! And the recipe sounds really yummy also!

  14. Marthalynn says:

    Love this tip! And the recipe for these muffins sounds delish! I love pretty much anything with nutmeg in it. I’m going to substitue GF flour and see how it goes…

  15. Margaret says:

    Awesome tip! And the recipe sounds amazing. I hate wasting food so I like to plan out what recipes I will have for the week before I go grocery shopping. At the end of the week, I take a lot of veggies on their way out, and make a hearty soup!

  16. Teresha says:

    That’s a genius tip! My tip is to slice chicken breasts in half by width to get more servings

  17. Rachel Travis says:

    MY tip is to buy in bulk (store and save) :)

  18. Sherry H. says:

    What a great idea! I could have used it for my daughter’s birthday party, but I may try it when I make these pumpkin/chocolate cupcakes – they sound yummy!

  19. Sahara Rao says:

    Love the recipe. I might try it sometime soon.

  20. nicole strunk says:

    Omg, I must make these asap! Yum! Great tip about the frosting, I always end up with a unused portion, but less sugar and calories!

  21. Doris Calvert says:

    In all these years I never thought of this, thanks it’s a great tip!

  22. tami s says:

    I always do that with frosting. I make my own mixes: taco, chili seasoning, etc way cheaper than buying packets and I can customize to suit my taste

  23. Lean S says:

    Oh I didn’t know this! That’s awesome!

  24. Krystal Ramirez says:

    Wow I never thought of adding to the frosting I bought!! Thanks for the advice and recipe

  25. LaShelle Lee says:

    Great tip for the frosting i never knew you could do that, to stretch my food i like to buy things that can go together for the whole week with just buying two types of meats…also for kool aid drinkers…if u run out of granulated sugar…brown sugar works fine also and takes very little

  26. Cynthia says:

    Yum!! thanks!!

  27. Lea Michelle says:


  28. Celeste says:

    I plan the week’s meals based on the sale items at our grocery store (Publix) — saves us $ and it also gives us a chance to try new recipes/products!

  29. colleen boudreau says:

    Looks so yummy! :)

  30. Karen Glatt says:

    This is a great tip about whipping up the frosting to make more! This recipe looks so good!

  31. may says:

    now that’s gd stuff!! makes me wanna go try it out now!

  32. Kelly D says:

    The recipe sounds great and that is a great tip for the frosting

  33. Agi B says:

    My husband and I go through the grocery flyers to see what is on sale and cook from all sale items. I also use the green bags for my veggies and fruits all the time. I never leave them in the original container.

  34. Brianna Beers says:

    Thank you so much. I did this over the weekend and it saved me from opening another tub of frosting and I didnt feel so guilty from the calorie count. This is an awesome tip!!

  35. pheng says:

    buy in bulk or stock pile-portion control-portion the food by serving

  36. Michelle Tucker says:

    We make our own butter when whipping cream is on sale. Once in a while you can find it cheaper than butter. So we put the cream in our mixer and whip whip whip til its separated. Best butter ever.

  37. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    That’s an awesome tip, I had no idea!! :)

  38. Marlene V says:

    I really like this tip — thanks. Anything that can help save money on groceries is helpful!

  39. Sylvia Ortiz says:

    Thank you for the recipe; hope to try real soon! :)

  40. BeautyToLove says:

    Thanks for the recipe! It looks YUMMY. I can’t wait to try it myself. :)

    *My Tip: Coupons, Coupons, Coupons! I always use them. has a lot of great coupons. :)

  41. Kristen says:

    How interesting! Thank you very much. My tip for saving money is to always buy coupons and shop for groceries one day a week.

  42. Deirdre says:

    We live on leftovers, so nothing goes to waste. Crusts from bread become croutons, dried tortillas become chips, and so on and so forth.

  43. Stefanie Gladden says:

    I print off coupons before going to the store, and I always see what’s on sale at the stores every week so I know where the deals are!

  44. Stephanie Gates says:

    Love this! less sugar

  45. Biki says:

    Oh I never thought about that! Because of its thick heavy texture, most people don’t even eat most of the frosting when I slather it on =/

  46. Seyma Shabbir says:

    You can also make it homemade or for even LESS sugar top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Yummy!

  47. Stefanie G says:

    I save a lot of money by buying generic brands.. if it’s something that you can’t really tell a difference in the taste you can save a lot of money by not buying name brands!

  48. Desiree Grubbs says:

    These look heavenly!

  49. Alyssa LaMere says:

    this is such a great tip!! thanks :)

  50. heather smith says:

    sounds great!

  51. Barbara A. LaGrandier says:

    I am definately going to try this tip! Thanks a bunch for saving me some calories and $$

  52. Katherine says:

    Thanks for the tip

  53. These sounds great!

  54. Donna George says:

    I usually do this. It also makes it easier to spread since the frosting is not so thick.

  55. Amy says:

    I always whip bricks of cream cheese with a bit of milk to make it spread more smoothly and go a bit farther.

  56. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    Thanks for the tip! My daugther and I will try it tomorrow!

  57. Brandi Price says:

    I like using rice in alot dishes which cuts out on the need for lots of other ingredients!

  58. michelle coppock-mitchell says:

    thanks for all the great tips

  59. Helene Tienda says:

    Good idea, I’ll try it!!

  60. Bobby H says:

    thanks for sharing! We buy in bulk and buy things that are filling and last a while. Leftovers are our friends LOL

  61. autumn kelly says:

    Use all the leftovers. My mom always had leftove Fridays for the kids.

  62. Mrs. Smitty says:

    Oooh! Does it take less dense? I hate how store bought frosting tastes so thick and gritty… I like airy and light frosting! Thanks for the tip!

  63. marley laplage says:

    that is a great tip as I am not much of a baker and usually do buy the premade frosting. The muffin recipe sounds delish!

  64. Christy Ann says:

    Love this idea! I stretch food (or cut down on wasted food) by preparing recipes with the same main ingredients but totally different tastes. Then I can use up all of the ingredients I normally buy for only one recipe then throw out, but we don’t have to eat the same thing every day.

  65. Geri S says:

    THANKS!!! for the TIPS!!!
    and what a YUMMY!!! recipe

  66. janet h says:

    That is a great idea!

  67. Brianne Libby says:

    My biggest tip is to plan meals ahead of time. I find that when I plan my meals, less food goes to waste.

  68. Heidi S. says:

    To help stretch our food budget, I plan a monthly food menu and stick to it. It is easier to stick to buying just the food for these meals. I also have cut out any of the unnecessary “food clutter” like cookies, ice cream, and other snacks that aren’t healthy or needed.

  69. tamar says:

    I have never made frosting before :(

  70. Kathy McPherson Boccard says:

    Thanks for the recipe and tip! I love everything pumpkin!

  71. Juli Guthrie says:

    Whipping it! Wow, I never thought of that. We have started making a ton of stuff from scratch to save money. I even make our own tortillas now.

  72. Shing says:

    Yummy! I wanna try this!

  73. Kelly Nicholson says:

    i just put on 5 pounds by looking ar the picture…

  74. Susan D'Alesandro Wilder says:

    This was an excellent tip! Thank you!

  75. Dani says:

    I use coupons, never buy pre-packaged foods (I make everything from scratch, including frosting) and plan my meals ahead.

  76. trishden says:

    I like the tip because I always think the premaid frosting is way too sweet. Those cupcakes would be great for thanksgiving, I wonder how it would taste if while you were whipping up the frosting if you added some cream cheese. Sounds like an idea. Thanks for the tip and recipe.

  77. Pamela Halligan says:

    My favorite tip on stretching my food budget it to always match coupons with sales. I save so much money this way. I also like to check clearance sections, even marked down meats and produce.

  78. tami husak says:

    we use left overs in different things to help with our food budget

  79. Katherine says:

    I stretch my food budget by shopping sales. My fiancee needs meat at every meal and is doing kind of a low carb thing. I generally buy a lot of boneless chicken breast hen it is 1.69lb.

  80. Judy Charger says:

    never thought about whipping the store bought frosting

  81. Abbe Brown says:

    Using coupons & shop the circulars makes a world if difference!

  82. Cindy Westerhaus says:

    My favorite way of saving money on groceries is to buy only what is on sale. No matter what. And I hope I have a coupon too. I buy in bulk when I can… and always buy a lot of meat when it goes on sale and freeze it in portions my family can use later. Freezer paper really is a great way of preserving items longer in the freezer.

  83. Sheralle D. says:

    Thanks for the awesome money saving tip.

  84. Kathy Ross says:

    I don’t have any tips, but your idea sounds good. Didn’t know you could do that! Thanks!

  85. Jude Skocki Kelly says:

    I love this idea. So often when I am making cup cakes it seems that I just don’t have enough icing to be even a little creative. thanks for sharing

  86. Edna Maldonado says:

    Great tip, specially because we have less sugar per serving. Awesome, it will e a healthier version.

  87. Sara Logan says:

    Buy in bulk with nonperishable items!

  88. Kelly A. Tanner says:

    I love this tip, thanks! I’ll definitely be expanding my frosting in the future. I also like to save $$ looking for manager specials in the meat dept at the grocery store.

  89. Gretchen Gerth says:

    I try and save by serving smaller portions, every one still has plenty but they don’t have that stuffed uncomfortable feeling.

  90. lori says:

    good tip- mine is-

    don’t always rely on pre-made/packaged foods (cake mixes, dinner kits) it might take longer to cook from scratch but its WAY healthier and usually cheaper! Plus you know what’s actually going into it

  91. Heather Tarver says:

    I save by buying things on sale that can be frozen and saving them.

  92. Stephanie Guenther says:

    Never thought about doing that! I always bought an extra container of frosting just incase. GREAT tip. Also those cupcakes look delicious!Great way to cut back and save!

  93. Shannon says:

    OmG I will have to try this! Thank you

  94. Diane K says:

    Going to try this!

  95. Useful tip, thank you.

  96. naomi c says:

    headed to try this right now ;)

  97. kandace ferguson says:

    When I really need to stretch my food budget, I buy foods high in fiber and use a bunch of coupons so I can keep from being hungry, and save money at the same time.

  98. tami s says:

    I always do that with frosting. I make my own mixes: taco, chili seasoning, etc way cheaper than buying packets and I can customize to suit my taste

  99. Sara Logan says:

    The best way to stretch your food budget is through coupons!

  100. kathy j says:

    Great info. I stretch my budget by shopping at places like ALDI’S or SAVE A LOT. If I go to another store like a chain store such as Giant Eagle or TOP’s I buy mostly generic. We also have store her in my area called Erie County Farms and you can buy meat, fresh veggies in bulk. I also do that and break it up and freeze it for meals throughout the month. It is cheaper that way.

  101. Julie Wood says:

    I really like the tip on how to expand the frosting. Very good idea!

  102. Megan says:

    Great tip! I don’t like overly frosted things, so I think that would be great for me!

  103. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I learned this when I bought whipped icing and will no longer buy the whipped because you can get the same effect when you take regular icing and do it like you posted. I love it better to it tastes lighter.

  104. Sylvia Ortiz says:

    To help stretch food in our home; I buy the 5 lb ground beef that is packed as a big roll (which is actually cheaper that the smaller/average 2 lb.blister packs), then take home and cut open this pack and make several smaller packs, place them in zipper freezer bags and freeze for use for the week.

  105. Char W says:

    Great tip! I do prefer the whipped frosting over the buttercream myself anyway because it is less sweet.

  106. Connie Smith says:

    This is a great idea! I will use this and pair it with how I stretch my budget, coupons and just in time for Easter!

  107. sandie parsons says:

    Your stretching tip is great….thanks
    I shop sales, use coupons and plan our meals around what I can buy that way

  108. Andrea says:

    I do several things to help save with our food budget. I plan our meals weekly. I buy our meat in bulk when the meat dept. has sales & markdowns. I then bring it home & divide into appropriate portion sizes & freeze. I use everything: chicken & steak bones make broth, old bread into breadcrumbs or croutons, crackers into coating or meatloaf filler. I make a lot of homemade things too instead of using convenience items.

  109. Veronica H says:

    This looks so good, I am definitely bookmarking this page!!

  110. Rebecca Bostwick says:

    What a brilliant idea! I love baking, and unfortunately the frosting never seems to stretch quite as far as I need it to.

  111. Melinda T says:

    Wow, awesome tip! I never knew that!

  112. Sandra Brower says:

    I never thought about that. Thank you for the tip and for the tasting sounding recipe!!

  113. amanda roach says:

    thanksk for the tips

  114. Jude Skocki Kelly says:

    since you are whipping it up anyways, add a few drops of food coloring and make it pretty too :)

  115. Dawn says:

    definatly going to have to try these

  116. I think I could eat one of these for breakfast every day!!

  117. Sara C says:

    Awesome, thanks for the tip! :-)

  118. Jessica Sheffield says:

    Like many others here – I don’t make my meal plan before I know whats on sale. I go off of whats on sale and what I already have in my pantry to decide what we are eating that week. This also encourages us to try new things :)

  119. Rachel Green says:

    Recipe sounds good and I love to stretch food out as much as I can to save money. One thing I do is to freeze things so they won’t go bad on the eate.ation date.

  120. Lynn Foster says:

    I always use coupons and make a list to save money and time at the grocery store.

  121. chelesa sims says:

    what a great twist to pumpkin.

  122. Michelle Westerfield says:

    Thanks for the helpful tip!

  123. Maria B. says:

    Buy something on sale and on season.
    Plan ahead for every meal and plan around whats vegetables & fruits are in seasons.

  124. jenn says:

    love that idea to double frosting and in fact i think i pinned it awhile ago

  125. Caitlin McClure says:

    My tip is to buy in bulk, and to buy lots of something when it’s on sale when you can

  126. Cori Greene says:

    Great idea! You can also find great recipes online to make you own frosting with just butter, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. If you don’t let your homemade frosting thicken, you can use it as more of a glaze which will make it go farther.

  127. Elizabeth zayden says:

    this looks fun! :D yum

  128. Angela Michels says:

    You have got to be kidding me! SO simple!! I can’t believe I have never known this until now. I am just baffled. Thanks for sharing this easy tip!! I can’t wait to try it. :)
    Angela Michels

  129. Kelly Falcone says:

    Looks and sounds yummy, thanks!

  130. Tasia says:

    I always make enough food for dinner so that we can have leftovers the next day. We also like to add milk to our eggs before we scramble them. You can use less eggs this way and make more for everyone to eat.

  131. Devona Fryer says:

    My best tip to stretch your food budget is to shop when there are sales and try to match your coupons with a sale. I try not to buy unless it is on sale.

  132. Krista Keener says:

    looks very delicious! id definately want to make some of those closer to the fall season

  133. Geri S says:

    I LIKE to combine whip cream and cream cheese together for make a frosting.

  134. Keri VanNuland says:

    Wow… I have never heard of that before, what a great idea!!

  135. michele mathey says:

    For stretching my food dollars, I use coupons, so that I can buy more stuff and then usually try to make enough that there’s left overs

  136. Angel Poling says:

    You had me at chocolate pumpkin! I will def. try this reciepe, thank you for sharing.

  137. kamilah says:

    Awesome idea, thank you!

  138. Great idea! And those muffins sounds incredible!

  139. Kat says:

    Ooo I never thought of doing that with frosting – I’ll have to try that sometime.

  140. Teresa Thompson says:

    I had no idea you could double the size of frosting by using your mixer on it. Thanks for the tip!

  141. erica chao says:

    groupons….the best way to eat for half the price

  142. Holly Hook says:

    Pumpkin is my favorite, these sound superb.

  143. betsy cortez says:

    Neither my family or I like buttercream frosting. We like to eat our cake warm out of the oven unfrosted. If it is for entertaining so must have frosting I use whipped cream frosting.

  144. Katie Wurn says:

    That’s a great idea! I love whipped frosting best, and don’t really care for ready made frosting. I will have to try this. For tips I always check for the latest coupons available, or shop at places that have rewards cards. The rewards definitely help out. I love to take leftovers and create a new dishes from them. I also like to stock up on rotisserie chickens. You can get them after the deli closes for a discounted price. I remove the chicken from the bones, so I have extra space in my fridge, and use the meat to make quesadillas or enchiladas.

  145. Dana J Valle says:

    What a great tip. I had no idea that would give me more frosting! Thank you for the help.

  146. Crystal Kelley says:

    these look great yummo!!!

  147. Annette D says:

    Great recipe! I would love to give it a try!

  148. I will have to try this. Wish I had known this when my kids were home. Will pass it along to my daughters.

  149. Oh to help stretch, I would plan to purchase meats that could be divided into more than one meal. Like 3 lbs hamburger – spaghetti one night, meatloaf, hamburgers…

  150. Alondra Ramirez says:

    Sounds good this is a recipe i need to try out

  151. kimbuckjr says:

    I’m not too keen on pumpkin anything, but my family is. Thank you so much for the recipe…I’m gonna have to attempt to prepare these muffins for my family.
    Thank you for the helpful tip on making the frosting go farther. I’m gonna have to remember this when I go to inhale a can of frosting….when I’m depressed.

  152. shannon says:

    Thanks for the recipe and what a wonderful tip. I have been trying to cook a little more and soaking in all the tips is great.

  153. I never thought about whipping frosting before.

  154. Charlotte says:

    Never new that! Great tip!!

  155. Great tip! I love it for the “skinny” factor!

  156. Cristine says:

    Great tip about the frosting. I never thought about that! I often make my own frosting because it’s easy and cheap. I’m going to remember the mixing option.

  157. Jeanine says:

    This is a great tip about whipping up the frosting to make more. I make home made frosting whenever possible, but sometimes I just don’t have the time. The recipe looks so good- I will have to try it out!

  158. Jenni E. says:

    Are you kidding me?! You mean to tell me that I’ve been buying 2 containers of icing for 1 cake for how many years?!?! I’ve been swearing for years that the containers of icing are getting smaller or something because 1 barely covers 1 cake. NOW I know to whip my mixer out the next time to double my icing ;) Thanks so much!!!

  159. who knew? t hanks for the saving tip and yummy recipe.

  160. Jennifer Jo Archdeacon says:

    This is such a great tip thanks.

  161. Bonnie Caselman says:

    Probably a good tip for me since I’m sitting here reading this while eating a piece of chocolate cake.

  162. Naomi Osborn says:

    Thanks for the tip. I find store-bought frostings too thick and sweet anyway! I like how your recipe uses brown sugar.

  163. Sharon Siqueiros says:

    What a great tip!! and thanks for the recipe, sounds delicious

  164. Fidza Hamdan says:

    Thanks for the great tips on whipping the frosting. Never knew it. I pinned the muffin so I could come back to this page and try out the recipe! Thanks!

  165. Marthalynn says:

    Wow! I never thought of this before! I bet this tastes so good, too. I’ll definitely be trying this out.

  166. Kristin says:

    I don’t know why this tip makes me so happy — because it doubles the frosting, or because it cuts down on the sugar and calories per serving!

    Totally pinning this for the recipe AND the tip!

  167. Gina Brickell says:

    Thank you for the tip on the frosting. I do a lot of cupcakes for my son’s school and it seems like it takes me about three frostings to get them done. If I did it this way I could really save some $$

  168. Colleen Boudreau says:

    MM i want some now. Great tip thanks!

  169. Elle says:

    The recipe looks delish and I love the idea of whipping the frosting. Canned frosting is too thick in my opinion anyway and I end up scraping most of mine off. But if it was lighter and fluffier I wouldn’t have that issue!

  170. Leah CB says:

    What a great tip! I have honestly never thought of that. I don’t care for canned frosting myself, but the rest of the family does. Maybe if it was whipped I might like it more. Plus this would be so helpful when I have to make cupcakes for school!

  171. Great tips – I love to bake so this will help .

  172. Cheryl L says:

    Great tip, looking forward to trying it soon!

  173. Jeanine says:

    Do the muffins really need frosting? They look so good on their own! I love the tip, though. I do that all the time!! Thanks!

  174. Sherry says:

    This is a great tip! Oh, and I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks.

  175. Debra says:

    That’s a GREAT idea!! I HATE the way store bought frosting is so glued together in the jar, so I seldom buy it – I will have to try this as a time-saving method sometime. Sure beats the mess that homemade frosting makes!

  176. Trish F says:

    What a great tip. I had never heard of it. I have never been a big fan of store bought icing because I think it is way too sweet but the fact that you can volumize it like that, thus using less, probably would make using prepared frosting better. Love the muffin recipe.

  177. Deborah Hogue says:

    I love this idea. Frosting never seems to go as far as you need it to. I am going to have to try this! Thanks for the tip

  178. Marie Weedo says:

    I am gonna do this the next time I make a cake. Love not having to buy a second jar for just a little more that is needed.

  179. Kate b says:

    What a great idea! Cutting calories, but not the taste!!

  180. Marisa says:

    That is a great tip! Another easy and low-cal frosting is mixing 16 oz. of lite cool whip with 8 oz.softened reduced fat cream cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla. It makes a yummy frosting that is low cal and low sugar. Plus it makes a lot of frosting which helps when you are decorating.

  181. Holly Trudeau says:

    Great idea! I never seem to have enough frosting, it’s very frustrating! What a great way to cut $ and calores! :)

  182. Jacy T says:

    This sounds like a great recipe. I always run out of store-bought frosting too.

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