Can You Freeze Icing? 

Last updated on October 10th, 2022 at 12:03 pm

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The holiday season can be a crazy time, especially if you are hosting your family. You have multiple breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to make, many more mouths to feed, and just the added stress of feeling like you need to keep the house tidy after everyone. 

Holidays can be especially bad if you are a people-pleaser. You feel as though you need to have everyone’s favorite everything on hand and bend to all their preferences.

One of the ways you can help keep your sanity throughout the holidays is by preparing ahead of time. Not only can you plan some alone time throughout the craziness, but you can also prepare food ahead of time as well. 

You can have meals prepared and stored in the freezer. You don’t just have to stop at meals either, it can also be desserts as well. If you are planning on icing cookies or brownies, can you place the icing in the freezer? 

Icing can be frozen if stored in the freezer properly. If it is leftover icing, it is best to remove it from the piping bag and place it in an air-tight container. 

You can also use plastic wrap as an extra protective feature when placing it in the freezer. Your icing will last in the freezer for up to two months. 

Can You Freeze Frosting? 

Some days all the tasks can add up and feel overwhelming. You have work, taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, and so much more. 

Some birthdays tend to sneak up on you and other celebrations and bake sales as well. Are you able to plan ahead of time and keep a batch of frosting in the freezer? 

You can store frosting in the freezer as long as it is in an air-tight container. You can also prevent ice crystals from forming on top of the frosting by placing plastic wrap over the container and then placing the lid on top. 

Though the plastic wrap is not necessary for your frosting to last in the freezer, it is just an added measure to protect your frosting. While the frosting may not last for many months at a time, it will last in your freezer for about a month and a half. 

What Is The Difference Between Icing and Frosting? 

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between icing and frosting? While they are both sweet and delicious in their own ways, is there really any difference between the two? 

You can use icing on cookies and brownies and you can also use frosting on cakes and cupcakes. What are the main differences between icing and frosting? 

Frosting: Frosting is thick and easy to spread. The base of frosting is made with fat, either butter, cream, or cream cheese. It is fluffy and ideal for keeping layers of cake together or for piping roses and borders. 

Icing: Icing is thin, but it is not quite as thin as a glaze. Icing is usually made from powdered sugar and liquids; such as water, milk, or juice. 

Instead of spreading icing, it can be drizzled onto a cookie or brownie. Icing has a shine to it and a much smoother consistency than frosting. 

What Are The Different Types Of Icing and Frostings Used For? 

Typically frosting is thick and the icing is thin, but both taste amazing and are great additives to cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and brownies. Is there any rhyme or reason to the types of frostings and icings that are used for various desserts? 

Is there ever a wrong combination pairing of frostings and icings to desserts? 

There are several different types of frosting and different types of icings. Here are the different various ways that you can add frosting and icings to desserts.


Typically frostings and icings are only used on sugar cookies. If you have a pretty big sweet tooth, you can also dip cookies in frosting, but that’s not typical. 

Royal icing works best when decorating sugar cookies. Icing works well when you are creating specific themed cookies. 

Royal icing is easy to work with and move around when decorating. You can also use frosting on cookies as well. 

You would choose to frost if you aren’t necessarily decorating the cookies but just making the cookies more for taste and texture. Frosting and Icings are both great to use on your sugar cookies. 


Adding frosting or icing to brownies depends on your preferred texture. You can either put a thin layer of icing on top or add a thick layer of frosting. 

What type of additive sugar you choose will depend on how the brownies turned out. If your brownies came out being a bit drier than you prefer, you can liven them up with a thick layer of frosting. 

Typically vanilla, cream cheese, or chocolate frosting is used on brownies.  If your brownies are perfectly moist, then you can choose to add icing so the brownies aren’t too sweet. 


If you are planning on a multi-tiered cake, it is best to use frosting. Frosting will act as a glue that can keep your layers together. 

There are several different types of frosting that you can use when holding your cake together. There’s strawberry, cream cheese, chocolate, oreo, orange, vanilla, lemon, and several other types of frostings appropriate for cake. 

The type of flavor of frosting you should use is dependent on the type of cake made. If you have a chocolate lover in the family, then chocolate on chocolate would be perfect. If you are baking a carrot cake, typically only cream cheese pairs well. 

If you are baking vanilla, yellow, or white cake you can choose any kind of frosting and it would taste great. 

As far as icing goes on cakes, it isn’t used for layers but more or less to coat the cake. You can also decorate the outside of the cake with frosting and drizzle icing on top. 

When it comes to frosting or icing on the cake, you can enjoy both. 

Final Thoughts

Next time you know that you have some crazy days and weeks coming, you can plan ahead and make your life less stressful. You can create some of your favorite frostings and icings and store them in the freezer for up to two months. 

When you are decorating your desserts, both icing and frostings are great options for some extra sweetness. 

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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