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A cupcake with Cool Whip frosting with sprinkles on top

Cool Whip Frosting

Cool Whip frosting is sweet, airy, easy and reliable. It's a great alternative to the standard buttercream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosting recipes, whipped cream frosting recipe
Prep Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 297kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed


  • In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer set on low, beat together pudding mix and confectioners' sugar, with milk and vanilla, until smooth.
    How to make Cool Whip Frosting, beat the ingredients
  • Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes so the pudding can begin to thicken.
  • Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold in the Cool whip until no streaks remain.
    How to make cool whip icing, add the Cool Whip to the pudding mixture
  • Refrigerate 1 hour before using the frosting.
    How to make whipped cream frosting, fold in the Cool Whip


  1. Flavors: This frosting works well with other flavors of pudding mix, too.
  2. Refrigerate: After making the frosting, I like to refrigerate it for about 1 hour so it will firm up a bit before using it.
  3. Piping: The cool whip makes the frosting softer than a traditional buttercream, so it doesn't hold piping shapes as well. That said, yes you can pipe it. It's important that you refrigerate before piping it so it has a chance to firm up so it will hold the piping shape. Once piped, I keep my cupcakes in the fridge so the frosting will maintain its shape.
  4. Color: If you're looking for pure white frosting, this isn't your best choice. It has a slight yellow cast from the vanilla pudding.
  5. Mixing: Over mixing can break down the ingredient so just mix until combined.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 0.1mg