Can You Freeze Icing?

In the case of cupcakes, cakes, and even cookies, an excellent frosting can take something tasty to an entirely different level of flavor.

Can you freeze icing? Yes, you can! Make sure to put your food items in airtight containers or in freezer bags leaving room to expand. It can last for a couple of months in the freezer. Once you’re ready to use it, let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight, and then give it a quick shake.

Perhaps you’re planning for Christmas and would like to prepare your icing ahead.

Maybe you’ve had leftovers from the previous batch you prepared and you’re afraid you’ll never get to them for a few days. What could you do to help save the leftovers? Do you have a solution to freeze icing?

Fortunately, there are some ways to save the icing, so you can make use of it later.

Learn the best methods to store icing in the freezer, how to ensure it stays fresh and top quality in your refrigerator, and a quick recipe to make your own homemade buttercream frosting.

Can You Freeze Icing?

I’m a huge fan of cooking in batches and prepping recipes working in the kitchen to ensure I’m always prepared with an extra supply of food or condiments stored in the freezer to help me get through busy days.

Icing isn’t a deviation from this rule because it’s easy to make large quantities of the icing flavor you like best.

If you do decide to make the icing in batches will it keep fresh when it is frozen? The good news is that buttercream, in particular, can be frozen very well.

It is possible to store buttercream frosting in the freezer for around 3 months to get optimal results as well as the best freshness.

You might be able to freeze it for longer, but you run the chance of developing freezer burn or even losing its flavor and freshness, and texture.

How To Freeze Icing

If you are planning to keep it in your freezer there are some steps you need to follow to ensure that it remains fresh for as long as possible.

If you’re inclined to skip some of the steps listed above, remember that your next self will thank you once they are able to enjoy delicious, creamy icing that they can take pleasure in.

How To Freeze Icing In An Airtight Container:

  1. If you’ve created an enormous amount of icing, divide it into portions that you can need at one time. It isn’t a good idea to completely freeze your icing just to melt it again and make use of a third of the amount you have defrosted.
  2. Put the icing pieces into airtight containers and leave about one inch of space between the top. As icing cools, it expands, and you should leave enough room for expansion. Otherwise, it may damage the container or even pop the lid open which could cause freezer burn.
  3. Pick up a piece of plastic wrap and place it lightly on top of the icing. This prevents air from touching the icing, which prevents freezer burn.
  4. Put the lid on the container, and then close it securely.
  5. Find an area of painting tap and write the date and the contents on it using an ink permanent marker. Put it in the container prior to placing the icing into the freezer. This will allow you to keep track of what you frozen and when, and you’ll be able to tell if it’s still suitable later on.
  6. The container(s) of frosting in the freezer. apply it within 3 months to get the optimal results.

How To Freeze Icing In A Bag:

  1. Serve your icing in portions.
  2. Place the icing into the freezer bags, filling them 3/4 of the way.
  3. The air should be gently pushed from the bag(s) gently. bag(s) to smooth the icing (for more efficient storage) and to keep the air from getting into the freezer and causing burns. The bags should be sealed completely.
  4. With a permanent marker, you can write down the contents as well as the date in the freezer bag, or on an item of masking tape that you attach to the bags. This will let you know when you created it, the contents, and if it’s suitable to eat after you remove it from the freezer.
  5. Place bags in the freezer. Make sure to utilize them within three months to ensure maximum freshness.

Can you freeze containers of Icing that you buy from a store?

If you’ve got leftover icing that you purchased from the market, you may be wondering if you could put it in a freezer.

Luckily, this icing can be frozen, but you’ll likely need to transfer it into an alternative container because the ones that they are in aren’t as airtight as they should be.

Just follow the instructions above to store your purchased icing, either in bags for freezing or the airtight containers. It is recommended to apply it within three months to get the most effective outcomes.

How To Thaw Frozen Icing

Once you’ve successfully frozen and stored the icing, it’s time to know how to freeze it for the smoothest and most delicious results. Follow these steps to defrost your icing as a professional.

  1. The day prior to when you are required to apply your icing take it out of the freezer and allow it to be thawed in the fridge for a few hours.
  2. A few hours prior to when you’re required to apply it transfer your icing over to the counter until it reaches ambient temperature.
  3. Once it has thawed, transfer the frosting to the mixing bowl.
  4. With egg beaters or an electric mixer, you’ll need to whip the icing for 30 seconds or 1 minute, making sure that it’s smooth, smooth, and soft. You might need to add a dash of butter or cream to get the best results.
  5. Place the icing in an icing bag, or apply it directly to your cupcakes, cake, or other desserts.

Best Method Of Storing Icing In The Fridge

If you are certain that you will make use of the remaining icing over the coming week, you can put it in the refrigerator instead of in the freezer.

  1. Place the icing in an airtight container.
  2. Use a strip of wrapping paper and apply it over the icing. This step is to ensure that the icing isn’t drying out because of the circulating air in the refrigerator.
  3. Make sure to seal the container and then write the date and the contents on the masking tape. This is a good way to decide if the icing you bought is still safe to eat when you discover it in the fridge’s back.
  4. Place the icing container in the refrigerator far from food items that smell like fish and meat If you can.
  5. If you’re ready to apply your icing, allow it to rest at the counter for a few hours in order to reach an ambient temperature.
  6. Put your icing into an ice cream maker or bowl and beat it for 30 seconds to one minute to create a smooth and soft texture.
  7. Make use of as.

How To Make Vanilla Buttercream Ice

There are tonnes of different icings to experiment with but among the most sought-after and delicious and easy to make is buttercream frosting.

I am a sucker for vanilla buttercream because it’s an icing that can be used in a variety of ways.

You can choose to leave it as it is or make your own flavors like mint extract, citrus zest and cocoa powder, coconut extract, and practically any other flavorings that you want to add.


  • 1 cup at room temperature butter that is unsalted and unsweetened
  • 2 cups of confectioners/icing sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract*
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons heavy cream, or whipping cream
  • Salt and a pinch


  1. In a mixer container or stand mixer beat the butter until it becomes fluffy.
  2. Add the icing sugar, and mix until completely integrated. It may be beneficial to add half a teaspoon of sugar each time to ensure it is evenly mixed.
  3. Add vanilla extract, and mix it all together.
  4. Incorporate the heavy cream, sea salt, and sea salt, and continue whipping for about 3-4 mins or so until the cream becomes fluffy and soft.
  5. You can use it as you wish for your baked goods.


* You may substitute vanilla with any other extract you prefer such as coconut, almond mint, etc, or use a combination

Feel at ease adding a few drops of food color to the icing after you have added the heavy cream, to give it a unique color.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Time to prepare: 5 Minutes Cook time: 4 Minutes Total time: 9 Minutes

Enjoy your craving for sweets with this rich and delicious frosting!


  • Half cup of room temp butter that is unsalted and unsweetened
  • 2 cups of confectioners/icing sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract*
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream, or whipping cream
  • A pinch of salt


  1. In a mixer container or stand mixer whip the butter until it is fluffy.
  2. Mix in the icing sugar and mix it all together until fully in the. You may want to add half a teaspoon of sugar each moment so that it is evenly mixed.
  3. Add vanilla extract, and mix it all together.
  4. Incorporate the heavy cream, sea salt, and sea salt, and continue whipping for three to four minutes, or till the frosting becomes soft and soft and fluffy.
  5. Make sure to use as much of it on baked treats.


You can replace vanilla with any other flavor you like such as coconut, almond mint, coconut, etc, or use a combination.

Feel at ease adding a few drops of food coloring to the icing before adding the heavy cream. This will make it more special!

Last Thoughts

As you can see, it’s simple to make buttercream frosting and it can be frozen in case you wish to prepare large batches before time.

If the icing is frozen be sure it’s placed in an airtight container or freezer bag, and ensure that you consume it within three months to ensure maximum freshness.

You should allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours, and before whipping it for several minutes prior to making use of it to ensure it has a light soft, and smooth texture.

Buttercreams are simple to flavor and personalize So don’t be scared to experiment with your ingredients to create the perfect frosting.

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Norah Clark

Norah Clark

Norah Clark, the founder and editor of YummyTasteFood! She's a seasoned food writer and editor with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry as a former pastry chef, sous chef, and barista. When not writing about food, she explores new recipes or travels the world for culinary inspiration.

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