Cool Whip Frosting

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A quick and easy recipe for Cool Whip Frosting will change your favorite desserts for the better! This creamy and tasty frosting recipe can be paired with any of your favorite baked goods.

Piping cool whip frosting onto a chocolate cupcake.

Cool Whip with Pudding Frosting

This tasty cool whip frosting recipe is a creative way to make frosting for any occasion. I am not a professional baker by any means, and I love easy tips and hacks in the kitchen. The powdered sugar sweetens the frosting while also acting as a thickener. The pudding mix is a great way to get a lot of flavor with minimal effort. I highly recommend you try this recipe next time you make a batch of your favorite cupcakes.

Out of all the easy frosting recipes I have tried, Cool Whip frosting is the quickest to make. It only takes a few minutes, and it’s ready to use. It also stores very well in the refrigerator or freezer. You can also make it ahead of time. It’s an airy frosting that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Plus, it has a delightful creamy texture.

What You’ll Need

It only takes 5 ingredients to make this yummy frosting from Cool Whip!

Ingredients for cool whip frosting in bowls on a marble background.
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix: Do not prepare it according to the package directions. Add the dry mix to the other ingredients as is.
  • Whipped Topping: I use Cool Whip extra creamy.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract: Clear vanilla extract is best to keep the frosting white. It makes coloring easier.

How to Make Cool Whip Frosting

In just a few minutes, you will have ready-to-use frosting for any sweet treat. Once all of the ingredients are combined, it’s finished!

Step 1. Combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix for 30-45 seconds.

Step 2. Add vanilla pudding mix and mix for an additional 2 minutes or until thick. Let it set for about 5 minutes.

Step 3. Fold in the whipped topping until well combined.

Step 4. Add to your favorite dessert and enjoy!

How to Use Cool Whip Frosting

Close up of a chocolate cupcake with cool whip frosting.

How to Store Leftovers

Place leftover cool whip frosting into an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze this frosting for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using it.

Cool Whip Frosting piped in a squiggly line on a marble countertop surrounded by cupcakes.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use your favorite pudding flavor in place of the vanilla. I like chocolate, banana, and cheesecake flavors.
  • Instead of extra creamy whipped topping, you can use the original. I just like the rich flavor of the creamy variety. If you are using regular, start with 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar and add more as needed.
  • Don’t have any Cool Whip? Try making our easy homemade whipped cream recipe.
  • Add a couple of drops of food coloring to color the frosting any way you wish.
Cool Whip Frosting in a white ramekin.


  • If you prefer a stiffer frosting, add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. 
  • Completely thaw the tub of cool whip before making this frosting recipe.
  • You can use a whisk instead of an electric hand mixer if you wish. It is quicker and easier to use a hand mixer. 

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Cool Whip Frosting

A quick and easy recipe for Cool Whip Frosting will change your favorite desserts for the better! This creamy and tasty recipe can be paired with any of your favorite baked goods.
Servings: 4 cups
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes



  • In a medium size mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, cold milk and vanilla extract. Mix for 30-45 seconds.
  • Add in instant vanilla pudding and mix for 2 minutes until thickened. Then let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Fold in whipped topping and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Frosting is ready to use!

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Frosting can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
You can store Cool Whip Frosting in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Add a few drops of gel food coloring to the frosting to get the desired color frosting if you wish.
If the frosting is not stiff enough for you, add a tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time until you get the desired consistency.
This frosting can be used on cupcakes, cakes, or even cookies.
Use any flavor of pudding if you wish to have a different flavor of frosting.
Make sure you set out the cool whip ahead of time before making the frosting recipe. You will want it completely thawed before you start.
Regular cool whip can be used with this recipe. Start with 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar if using a regular cool whip and add more if the frosting needs to be thicker.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 0.1mg